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Discover the Story Behind Type1Keto

At Type1Keto, the journey began with the realisation that  the prevailing approach to managing Type 1 Diabetes needed a significant shift. The common practice of matching insulin doses to only carbohydrate intake was leading to less than desirable outcomes for the majority. Only one in ten individuals achieve the delicate balance of insulin and carbs. This concerning statistic raised a critical question: how could we provide better, more effective management for type 1 diabetes?

Our Mission and Vision; 'Insulin, as much as needed, as little as possible.'

Our mission is to empower individuals with Type 1 Diabetes, offering them a life-enhancing choice: a lifestyle for diabetes that focuses on insulin optimisation across all areas of heath, including the right diet for this condition. We believe that this option should be accessible to all those with Type 1 Diabetes, allowing them to decide what suits them best.

Optimizing Insulin Usage: Finding the Right Balance for Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes allows for the consumption of any food, but only one in ten individuals can effectively balance insulin and carbs. This skill eludes nine out of ten people, reflecting a need for change in current guidelines. The recent National Diabetes Audit report for England and Wales highlights this challenge. For every year with an HbA1c above 58mmol/mol, patients lose 100 days of life, (Source ) equivalent to starting a year on April 10th for 7 out of 10 people. The static percentages in successive audits signals inadequate management strategies. Offering a very low-carbohydrate diet and optimising insulin holistically across other areas of lifestyle provides the best option for people living with  type 1 diabetes, allowing them to choose what suits them best. Informed choice is needed in type 1 diabetes.

Rethinking Type 1 Diabetes

Adopting a low-carb lifestyle has significant implications for individuals managing diabetes. By reducing carbohydrate intake, the body requires less insulin, leading to a decreased likelihood of dramatic fluctuations in blood glucose levels. Research indicates that Type 1 Diabetics who adhere to a low-carb approach experience remarkable benefits. According to studies, over 90% of participants achieve their blood glucose targets, report fewer hypoglycemic episodes, experience reduced hospital admissions due to diabetic ketoacidosis, and require lower doses of insulin (source).

Moreover, findings from studies examining very low carbohydrate diets demonstrate that an HbA1c level of 48mmol/mol corresponds to 6.5%, providing valuable insight for comparison with national Diabetes Audit data (source).

The Significance of Insulin

In Type 1 Diabetes, insulin has to be injected into the body to replace its inability to produce insulin. In essence, Type 1 Diabetes is a hormone replacement therapy requiring insulin. Insulin has many actions in the body, but perhaps the most crucial is to control blood glucose. All dietary carbs will produce glucose. It doesn’t matter if they are from sugary sweets or healthy whole grains. They are absorbed into the body as glucose. And insulin is needed to control the glucose rise that happens when we eat carbs.

There's No Such Thing as an Essential Carb

Dietary carbohydrates are non-essential nutrients, meaning our bodies do not require them to function. Understanding that the body can efficiently switch to burning fat for energy is essential. This metabolic process does not signify ‘starvation mode’ but rather a natural adaptation. Reducing carbohydrate intake has no impact on the overall nutrient value of the diet. Still, it significantly improves diabetes control, contributing to better health and well-being in the short and long term.

Our Philosophy

Type1Keto embraces the philosophy of “as much insulin as needed but as little as possible.” This concept captures the essence of our approach to managing Type 1 Diabetes. Our journey aims to minimize insulin reliance, making it easier and safer to control Type 1 Diabetes. At Type1Keto, we are dedicated to redefining diabetes management, and promoting a low-carb lifestyle that allows individuals to reclaim control of their health and well-being. Join us in this transformative journey.