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A keto diet for type 1 diabetes gives most people freedom and good control often for the first time since diagnosis. Don’t be put off by the word keto. Every morning when you wake up, type 1 or not, you are almost certainly in ketosis. Ketosis is when your body switches to fat burning rather than sugar-burning. It is a natural process. If it didn’t happen you would be forced to eat sugar every few hours throughout the whole day. It is ‘ketogenic’ because ketones are the end product of fat burning. You can’t burn fat without producing ketones. Ketones regulate metabolism in a healthy way. A ketogenic diet is one where carbs are substituted with fat. This is not dangerous. Increasing the amount of healthy fat in the diet will not give you a heart attack.

Keto Foods. There are nine food types in a keto diet and there are thousands of recipes available you will not be short of variety. Keto is still possible if you prefer a vegetarian diet. Popular keto foods are; berry fruits, green veg and salad, full-fat dairy, eggs, fish, nuts, meat, dark chocolate, and healthy fats like olive oil.

Keto diets are NOT low-calorie diets. Carbohydrates are simply replaced with fat. They are low-carb

In Type 1 diabetes:

Glucose levels normalise

Insulin doses reduce

The vast majority have fewer hypos

You will likely feel more energised

You will feel that you can control diabetes and not be a slave to it.

Keto diets DO NOT cause or even make you vulnerable to diabetic ketoacidosis. There is more detail on the website [see article]

Carbs are not essential in the diet but they are when treating a hypo. Otherwise, you can live a whole lifetime without eating carbs if you choose to do so.

You do not need to eat sugar or starch for energy

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Changing your lifestyle to optimise your metabolism might change your life for the better.

Food images from Emma Porter and NLC kitchen,