A Hungarian study conducted at the University of Pecs, on a nine year old kid, who had recently been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, showed that following a Paleolithic ketogenic diet significantly brings the blood glucose levels to the desired normal state. The child had been on insulin therapy for six weeks and was on a high carbohydrate diet. The researchers put him on a modified version of a paleolithic ketogenic diet and fed him three meals a day with only animal meat, fat, offals and eggs.
His blood glucose levels had been fluctuating when he was only on insulin, but the diet brought a change. The researchers observed sustained ketosis, which is when the body has a high burning rate. And he had normal blood sugar before and after meals. His insulin therapy was discontinued.
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 side effects or complications were observed, and the researchers stress the diet is sustainable in the long-term.
The researchers wrote, "We opine that the Paleolithic ketogenic diet ensures normal glucose levels and can be maintained on the long-term in those patients with newly diagnosed T1DM with residual insulin secretion. It is important to emphasise, however, that in those patients with long-standing T1DM beta cells might have exhausted and therefore there may be a need for insulin replacement. In these cases, however, the Paleolithic ketogenic diet may be used as an adjunct in an attempt to likely prevent diabetic complications."
What is ketosis?
Ketosis is a metabolic process that happens when body needs energy and it has to keep working. When the body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates it starts burning fat instead. As a part of this process, it creates ‘ketones’. Your body doesn’t make ketones if you eat balanced diet. But when you cut back on your calories or carbs way too much your body switches to ketosis for energy. It is a sign of not using enough insulin for people with uncontrolled diabetes.
Sample of a Ketogenic diet (Source: www.paleoplan.com)
It’s super high fat, super low carb, and low-ish protein. This diet may also be used by those who wish to lose weight and maintain muscle. But it must be taken under strict supervision of a doctor who knows your medical history. There’s not much room for vegetables in this diet plan except some onions. So, vegetables must be well compensated with meat. If you eat organs, bone broth, and the muscle meat from grass-fed/pasture raised animals and yolks from pastured hens, then you’re getting heaps of nutrients. But if you don’t, you’d really need to supplement on this diet.