Can type 1 diabetics follow the ketogenic diet?

Type 1 diabetes is a very different condition from the far more common type 2. While type 2 diabetes is usually a result of a poor diet or inactivity, type 1 is largely an immune-related disorder [1]. People with this condition don't make enough or any insulin and need to take medication, usually for life.

Researchers aren't sure if low-carb diets like keto could help with type 1 diabetes. Some studies were promising, showing that these types of diets help to reverse if the disease is caught early on [2]. Some studies noted that keto helps with glycemic control even in those with type 1 diabetes [3]. You will also frequently come across success stories of those who've managed their condition with a low-carb diet. 

If you choose to try keto to manage type 1 diabetes, do tell your doctor about your intentions. You may need close monitoring and even adjustments in your medication. Daily glucose and ketones testing is a must. 

 


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