Type 1 Diabetes and Keto
If you suffer from Type 1 diabetes, the Keto diet may provide a method of helping to support normal blood sugar levels. It is a low-carb, high-fat diet that is designed to change the fuel source for your body.
With the Keto diet, you restrict non vegetable carbs to the point where your body begins to burn fat for energy. Without excess non vegetable carbs, there is less of a probability of blood sugar spikes. Type 1 diabetes is a serious condition and any changes to your nutrition require research. If you would like a Type 1 Diabetic with experience to help you along the way, our health coach is one with first hand experience and knowledge to help guide you along the way.
Is the Keto Diet Safe for Type 1 Diabetics?
As with all diets, a Type 1 Diabetic needs to understand what they are doing and why they are doing it. Type 1 Diabetics face different challenges than the standard individual that may want to do Keto. The nutritional impact with them will be greater and it is key point that a Type 1 Diabetic should understand. Additionally, it is advisable to consult with your doctor due to the nature that your body is likely to utilize your insulin more effectively, thus creating a higher probability of low blood sugars.
Type 1 Diabetics Doing Keto
There have been no studies to support the idea that Keto or any other diet can reverse Type 1 diabetes. However, researchers have explored the possibility that a low-carb diet may help normalize blood sugar levels.
Dr. Richard K. Bernstein has spent decades helping patients suffering from Type 1 diabetes. He promotes a low-carb, high-protein, moderate-fat diet that he claims helped him successfully manage his diabetes. The Keto diet is very similar to the dietary plan laid out by Dr. Bernstein. If you are a Type 1 Diabetic considering Keto, The Keto Community recommends reading Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution.
Should You Try Keto for Type 1 Diabetes?
There are many nutritionists, doctors, and medical professionals who believe that the Keto diet and other low-carb solutions offer an effective way to support healthy blood sugar control. However, before starting the diet, you should consult your doctors, do your research, and seek out those with experience doing Keto as a Type 1 Diabetic.
Your doctor will likely want to monitor your health more closely as you make changes to your nutrition, especially if you begin to experience positive results. If your blood sugar levels begin to normalize, your doctor may need to adjust your insulin dosage or medication.
Testimony as a Type 1 Diabetic
Our Keto Coach, is a Type 1 Diabetic that has personal experience utilizing a dieting approach based in Keto principles and data. He spent time with research and understanding how to better manage his diabetes and the impact that a high fat, lower carbohydrate diet has on Type 1 Diabetics. Like many Type 1 Diabetics, weight loss was a challenge for him despite regularly working out. He was able to benefit greatly by getting the body in a healthier state first, which opened the door for weight loss. The fact is that 80-85% of health relates to the diet. It is amazing when you being putting gasoline into a gas car rather than diesel into that gas car. Coach reduced his A1C and his insulin usage dropped to less than 1/3 of his previous usage. Additionally, his immune system improved significantly while there was a steep drop in his medical expenses. From his peak weight to the time of this article, he is down 110 pounds.
This isn’t to say that these will be the exact results for every Type 1 Diabetic, but he is committed to helping as many Type 1 Diabetics achieve the same results that he has achieved.
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