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Essential Keto Course: Content & Structure

Essential Course content

  1. Macronutrient metabolism (approximate time to complete 1 hour)
  2. Ketogenic diets; what they can and cannot do. Terminology. (approximate time to complete 5 mins).
  3. Synthetic Insulin. Types of synthetic insulin and their pharmacodynamics (approximate time to complete 45 mins).
  4. What to Eat. Covers recipes and links to well-established resources on keto diets. Includes practical examples of choosing food from a menu when eating out. (approximate time to complete 2 hours).
  5. How to count carbohydrates and protein and then estimate the insulin dose. Practical exercise (approximate time to complete 1 hour).
  6. Transitioning to a Ketogenic Diet; the technique. An important practical module on how it’s done. (approximate time to complete 1 hour).
  7. Examples of Continuous Glucose Meters from daily life to give context to management. (approximate time to complete 1.5 hours).
  8. Navigating an annual review. A guide for people with Type 1 who adopt a keto lifestyle. This is a guide produced following a survey of patients and their experiences. (10 minutes).

Course structure

  • 1) Text-based content in three sections; practical management, metabolism and holistic aspects of care.
  •  2) An assessment for each module builds your CPD hours.
  • 3) Podcasts with people who have transitioned to a ketogenic lifestyle.
  • 4) Practical examples of diets used by Type 1 practitioners of a ketogenic lifestyle.
  • 5) Testimonials of how Type 1 diabetes affects people.
  • 6) Scenario-based practical learning to help clinicians understand the practical aspects of managing Type 1 diabetes daily.
  • 7) Online revision sessions are available on Zoom for those who prefer to supplement their knowledge using a video format.

Both courses are orientated toward healthcare professionals. They will also appeal to patients who are looking to become experts themselves. A parallel course can be accessed for free by people with Type 1 diabetes who seek less specialist information. You can find this on this website under ‘Diabetes Management ‘.

 There is more emphasis on insulin delivery with pens compared to pumps, largely because pens are still used by the overwhelming percentage of people with Type 1. Pump calculations are also mentioned throughout. The same calculations will apply to both pumps and pens in the practical exercises. Five out of 6 people currently use pens, so the clinician must be knowledgeable about pen use. 

By the end of the courses, the clinician should feel confident in understanding Type 1 diabetes management with a ketogenic diet.    


There will be an opportunity to provide data for audit and development purposes. It will contribute to the evidence base on ketogenic diets in Type1 diabetes and facilitate the adoption of this type of diabetes management in mainstream clinical practice.

When you sign on to the course, you will have a personalised learning platform to enable you to work through the material at your own pace.  There is no time limit.  After completion of the module assessments, a certificate is issued. You can retake the assessment if you would like to increase your score. But it is more important to feel confident that you can manage someone with Type 1 diabetes who has chosen a keto lifestyle than worry about the assessment score. 

I hope that you enjoy the course. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Dr Ian Lake 

Course Lead