Geary John

Q:

Is the Dukan diet safe for diabetics?

Amy Campbell

A:

The Dukan diet is a fairly rigid diet involving four phases. The first phase consists of mostly protein. Each phase, thereafter, gradually introduces different foods back into your eating plan. Basically, this is a low carb, high protein diet. There are no scientific studies to back up its effectiveness, although you will very likely lose weight. They key is keeping the weight off, of course. If you take insulin or sulfonylureas (such as glipizide or glimepiride, for example), you run the risk of having low blood glucose. You should talk with your doctor before starting this diet, because you will most likely need to cut back on your doses of these medicines. The risk of low blood glucose is very low with other types of diabetes pills. However, you should still check with your doctor before trying this diet. The Dukan diet provides about 40 percent of calories from protein and if you have any kind of kidney problems, this amount of protein may not be safe for you.

March 26, 2014 at 3:07 pm