Nine-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes comes off insulin by eating Paleolithic ketogenic diet
A Hungarian study reports that a nine-year-old boy who was newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes achieved normal blood sugar levels, and came off insulin by following the Paleolithic ketogenic diet.
The child had been on insulin therapy for six weeks, alongside a high-carbohydrate diet. His blood glucose levels had fluctuated to a large degree, according to researchers at the University of Pécs.
The researchers put the child on a modified version of the ketogenic diet known as the Paleolithic ketogenic diet. This consisted only of animal meat, fat, offals and eggs with a fat:protein ratio of roughly 2:1.
The child had three meals a day and ketosis was regularly monitored using ketone strips. The researchers observed sustained ketosis - which is when the body has a high fat-burning rate - but the child had normal blood sugar levels before and after meals. His insulin therapy was discontinued.
The child's blood glucose levels were significantly lower during the Paleolithic ketogenic diet compared to his six weeks of insulin therapy. The episodes of hypoglycemia he experienced on insulin therapy were not presented while on the diet.
The child experienced a decrease in C-peptide levels during the diet, which is a well-known aspect of type 1 diabetes. Reduced C-peptide levels are often attributed to insulin-producing beta cells being destroyed, but the researchers hypothesised the low-carb intake may have led to this.
After 19 months, the child is still on the Paleolithic ketogenic diet, and the researchers report it can ensure normoglycemia without the use of external insulin. No si Continue reading