NZ case study; A citizen scientist controls autoimmune diabetes without insulin, with a low carb diet, a glucose meter, and metformin.
The case study is a very important type of medical publication that’s overlooked in this age of big data. Unlike large statistical studies, which tell you the probability of something happening, the case study tells you whether something CAN happen at all, and under exactly which circumstances it has happened.
Case studies answer questions like “Can autoimmune diabetes, with lower insulin production, be managed long-term without insulin?”
Yes, it can, and this is described in full detail and a clear and simple style in a new case-study from Christchurch.
2017 Nelson Jacobs Case report Management of autoimmune diabetes without insulin
This is published on Zenodo.org, an online data repostitory set up by people involved in CERN and other places. Warrick Nelson, the first author is the patient and is an operations manager at Plant and Food Research in NZ. The second author is his doctor. This is citizen science. We love it.
So onto the topic of diabetes, and management of the condition with low carb diets……
We reviewed the strong evidence for low carb diets in diabetes management in the New Zealand Medical Journal in a 2016 review cited in the current paper.
Its case study is a great example of how the wisdom of Citizen Scientists, equipped with mass produced measuring devices and, in this case, a proven medicine, can discover the one way to treat a disease. It is written up by the patient and his doctor, who was wise enough to recognise this as the teachable moment it is.
The patient first presented with type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, insu Continue reading