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Very Low-Carb Diet Helps T1D Patients Achieve Glycemic Control 

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MedPage Today has a brief report that may interest you. A new study indicates that a very low-carb diet (VLCD) is beneficial to both adults and children with type 1 diabetes. No surprise to me, although I admit this was not an ideal study.

Among people with type 1 diabetes, following a very low-carbohydrate diet (VLCD) can aid in achieving glycemic control, researchers suggested.

Responses from an online survey of people with type 1 diabetes found that those who followed a VLCD reported very good glycemic control – a mean HbA1c of 5.67% ± 0.66%, according to the study by Belinda Lennerz, MD, PhD, of Boston Children’s Hospital, and colleagues. Overall, 97% of these participants achieved the recommended glycemic targets of the American Diabetes Association.

The average blood glucose levels among the subset of patients who reported these values were 104 ± 16 mg/dL, the researchers reported in Pediatrics.

Followers of this diet also noted very few adverse events, with only 2% of the total respondents reporting a diabetes-related hospitalization within the past year – 1% for ketoacidosis and 1% for hypoglycemia.

The survey included 316 responses from both adults with type 1 diabetes and the parents of children with type 1 diabetes. These individuals belonged to a Facebook group of people living with type 1 diabetes who adhere to a VLCD. While a VLCD is usually defined as ≤20 to 50 g per day of carbohydrates or ≤5% to 10% of daily caloric intake, the mean carbohydrate intake of these respondents was 36 ± 15 grams per day.

Source: Carb-Light Diet Helps T1D Patients Achieve Glycemic Control | Medpage Today

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More details from Maria Muccioli, Ph.D.

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Traditional Dietitian Warns About Ketogenic Diets

She forgot to mention that ketogenic diets might cause bad breath, otherwise all the usual shibboleths are here. She implied that the diet could kill you.

One of her biggest gripes is that rapid weight regain is a problem after you go off the diet. But that’s a problem with all diets.

If you keep eating like most Americans, you’ll be fat like most Americans.

Clearly, I disagree with much of what the dietitian writes. Under “Categories” on the left side of this page, click “ketogenic diet” for details.

Here’s a taste:

“Limited food choices are not the only unglamorous part of the diet. In order to detect if your body is in ketosis, you must pee on a stick that will detect ketones in your urine. You will also experience some intense side effects. The combination of cramps, constipation, irritation, brain fog, insomnia, and more that are common during the start of the diet are labeled the “keto flu.” Symptoms seems to last anywhere from a week to a month until your body becomes accustomed to ketosis.”

Source: A dietitian weighs in on the Ketogenic diet for weight loss – Philly

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Ketogenic Diets Coming Back In Style

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Click the top link above for a five-year Google trend on “ketogenic diet.” WordPress.com doesn’t allow me to embed the graph and I’m not smart enough to use WordPress.org.

A snippet from a recent NBCNews article:

“A main benefit of the diet, and why many of its followers praise the eating plan, is weight loss. Multiple studies show promising results: In a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, obese men dropped about 14 pounds after following the diet for a month. And in a longer-term study published in Clinical Cardiology, obese adults adhering to a ketogenic diet for about six months noticed significant weight loss — on average, 32 pounds — as well as reductions in total cholesterol and increases in beneficial HDL cholesterol. A review study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition also found that the weight loss seen within the first three to six months of following the keto diet was greater than the loss from following a regular balanced eating style.”

Source: Happier, Healthier, Smarter, BETTER: Life tips | NBC News

So I expect to sell more copies of my KMD: Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet book. Someone’s keto Mediterranean diet is even mentioned in the NBC News article. If you have my Conquer Diabetes and Prediabetes book, then you already have the KMD.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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Actress With Type 1 Diabetes Eats a Ketogenic Diet

The Toronto Sun has an article on Halle Berry and how she has adopted a ketogenic diet to help control her diabetes. Another source suggests she’s had type 1 diabetes since 1989. A snippet:

Halle Berry credits her ketogenic diet with keeping her fit.

The Monster’s Ball star, 50, is known for her enviable physique and she explains not eating any sugars or carbohydrates – because she is diabetic – has helped her maintain her figure.

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R.D. Dikeman on the Terrible Diet Advice Given to Type 1 Diabetics

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“The World’s Most Cutting-Edge Fat-Burning Performance Meal Plan: The Keto Diet”

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Odd cover, huh?

Men’s Fitness has an article extolling the virtues of ketogenic diets, particularly as they relate to athletic performance. Sadly, the piece doesn’t mention my Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet, which is incorporated into The Advance Mediterranean Diet (2nd ed.) and Conquer Diabetes and Prediabetes.

The article focuses on Professor Timothy Noakes (who also has an M.D. degree. Some quotes:

“Noakes’s war on sugar goes back a generation, to when his father developed type-2 diabetes. Type-2 is a disease in which the body gradually loses its ability to regulate blood sugar through the production of the hormone insulin. It’s linked to genetics, but also to diet—particularly sugar and refined carbs—as well as obesity and inactivity. Diabetes experts estimate that the disease speeds up the aging process by roughly a third, damaging the body from the inside out. Too much blood sugar slowly destroys blood vessels, with results ranging from mild—early wrinkling of skin—to catastrophic: heart disease, blindness, stroke, amputations due to poor circulation, and even Alzheimer’s disease (more on that later).

Noakes’ father eventually died from type-2, but because Noakes himself followed a low-fat diet, exercised regularly (he’s run upward of 70 marathons, as well as a handful of ultras), and didn’t smoke, he figured he’d be spared. To be sure, as he got older he put on some weight, and his energy sagged, but he was in good shape.

Regardless, in 2010, Noakes was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. Though he didn’t know it yet, a lifetime of well-intentioned carbo- loading for his athletic endeavors had set him up for a fall.”

Source: The Truth Behind the World’s Most Cutting-Edge Fat-Burning Performance Meal Plan: The Keto Diet

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Long-Term Severe Carbohydrate Restriction Is Possible!

I got an email a few days ago from a blog reader, J.H. (I won’t give his name because I didn’t ask permission to publish his letter):

Dr. Parker — I’m a 65 year old male who has battled insulin resistance and pre-diabetes for many years. About 15 months ago I started pursuing a very low carb (20 grams per day) ketogenic diet, and my health has improved significantly. I’ve lost about 35 lbs (down from 265), and I have not found it difficult at all to stay on this regimen. You mentioned in an article (https://diabeticmediterraneandiet.com/ketogenic-mediterranean-diet/) that you don’t believe people can stay with it for more than 6 months and that most people can only last about two weeks. With all due respect, hogwash! I was fortunate enough to become a patient of Eric Westman at Duke, and he does an excellent job of teaching the ketogenic diet to his patients. Any overweight person should give it great consideration, and it’s just not that hard to follow.

Best regards, J.H.

My response was: “Congrats on a job well done! I wish all my patients had your discipline and commitment.”

I have great respect for Dr. Westman. He’s the c0-author of The New Atkins for a New You. I reviewed it in 2010. No clinical studies have compared the effectiveness of Dr. Westman’s diet to my Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet, which attempts to lasso the health benefits of the time-honored traditional Mediterranean diet while helping folks lose weight. The Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet is a key component of Conquer Diabetes and Prediabetes.

Steve Parker, M.D.

PS: You don’t have to know what ketogenic means to benefit from ketosis.

PPS: I have a non-diabetic version of the Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet for otherwise healthy folks who just need to lose a boatload of weight.

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