Is a ketogenic diet safe for diabetics?

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2018-07-08 23:32:11 -0500
Started 2018-06-28 09:13:52 -0500

A friend on Facebook posted this video that I wanted to share. My friend is 43 years into his Type 1 diabetes and currently uses the Medtronic 670G insulin pump. He started keto on the advice of his endo 3 weeks ago and has seen remarkable results. Dr Berry's video discusses how a ketogenic diet is preferable for both Type 2 and Type 1 diabetics. Well worth a watch, IMO. Here's the link:

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Greymoon 2018-07-08 23:32:11 -0500 Report

I guess I am going to be the nay sayer. I am not a fan of fad diets, especially when they involve a waste product produced by the human body itself, and is not found in any foods. While the body does use Ketones as a fuel rather than sugar, for diabetics, or certain diabetics, increasing these, can lead to ketoacidosis. There are benefits to maintaining a certain level of ketones in the body, but, as a waste product of the body, too much can cause problems, especially in the long term. Back in the 1940's when Flouine was being added to our water supply, we were told it is the greatest thing for strong bones and teeth, but, flourine is a waste product that people had no idea what to do with, so, hey, add it to water and tell people it's good for them. Now, toothpastes that contain flouride, come with poison warning labels. Is Keto diet good or bad? It's not for everyone, and should be researched very carefully by diabetics thinking about it.

GabbyPA 2018-07-07 11:32:30 -0500 Report

Keto and low carb are very similar and I am in agreement. Reducing carb intake for anyone is most likely a good idea. I know I am so carb sensitive that I have to really go keto. I am so glad it's helpful for him. Adam Brown does not promote Keto per-se, but he eats a very whole food low carb diet and it helps his numbers stay much more consistent. He's also type 1.

2018-07-03 21:29:20 -0500 Report

Thx for sharing. Been thinking about going more Keto. Good encouragement.

Joshuamiller7602 2018-06-29 02:02:40 -0500 Report

Low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet (LCKD) can be effective to lowering blood glucose, person who use this LCKD should be under close medical supervision.

haoleboy 2018-06-28 11:29:20 -0500 Report

aren't we really talking low carb high fat?
seems the new buzzword is "Keto" since LCHF was not cool enough.
a real ketogenic diet is where you virtually eliminate carbs, thus forcing the body to burn ketones for fuel. the trick is getting daily carb intake low enough (for most people around 20) while maintaining the right balance of fats (high intake) and proteins (moderate intake) to keep your body in ketosis. It is extremely difficult to do.
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Type1Lou 2018-06-28 16:14:22 -0500 Report

I know that I drastically reduced my carbs after reading Dr Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution" about 15 years ago and gained substantially better BG control as a result. Since then, I've always counted my carbs but paid no attention to my fats (although I do tend to gravitate to "good" fats like all-natural peanut butter, nuts and avocados.) Not sure if my diet qualifies as "keto" but it has been sustainable for me and that is a big part of the battle. I'm not sure I could sustain a true keto diet or the 30 grams or less of carbs per day advocated by Dr Bernstein. Just wanted to get this out there since I've encountered too many diabetics who continue to eat as though they didn't have diabetes. This is where I agree with Dr Berry that to do so is a recipe for disaster. Carb awareness and the reduction of carbs in my diet has been a major factor in the management of my diabetes.

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Proud Army Mom 2018-07-05 13:48:32 -0500 Report

Hi type1Lou - totally agree with your post. I've been able to average around 30-50 g. a day (generally under 50) but the "strict" kego of 20 or under just wasn't sustainable for me. My #s are great at what's considered "moderate" low carb and more importantly, I can sustain it and live a happy life lol. For me (and it sounds like you as well), it's all about the carbs!

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