There is a little doubt left that low carb and high fat diet it is possible to control and even reverse type 2 diabetes, approaching type 1 diabetes however is still open to dispute. Despite the lack of consent about the use of low carb diet in type 1 diabetes, there are instances of great improvements (as perfectly illustrated in Jure’s story).
The “invention” of insulin as a medicine profoundly changed the life of people with type 1 diabetes. Before the external insulin that nowadays gets injected by using an insulin pump, the most common way of controlling the disease was extremely low carb diet. When the external insulin became widely available, patients did not have to adhere to the strict diet anymore. Additionally, the low-fat, high-carb doctrine entered into the official dietary guidelines in the 80s – so everybody, including diabetes patients, started munching on carbs. Because, health. Right …
A few days ago a paper was published that – of course – reverses the notion that diabetics should eat carbs (just like anyone else). The researchers conducted an online survey to recruit type 1 diabetes patients who were limiting their carb intake. They got 316 candidates (patients and parents of patients) who were practicing low carb diet in average 2.2 years whose average carb intake was 36 g daily. So how are type 1 diabetes patients doing on very low carb diet? Amazing: the reported average HbA1c was 5.67. Only 7 of the respondents were hospitalized because of diabetes complications in the last year, 4 of those for ketoacidosis and 2 for hypoglycemia (Lennerz et al., 2018).
LENNERZ, B.S. et al. 2018. Management of Type 1 Diabetes With a Very Low–Carbohydrate Diet. Pediatrics, vol., no., pp., 10.1542/peds.2017-3349
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