Is the ketogenic diet safe for those with type 1?

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I am an adult type 1 and I would like to try the ketogenic diet. Can you tell me if this is safe for a type 1? I am getting mixed messages that it is either OK or that it is very dangerous.

A ketogenic diet is a very-low-carb diet that has become very popular recently. It's a way of eating that typically restricts net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) to less than 30 grams per day. Ketogenic diets can be very effective for managing blood sugar in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. However, because you take insulin, it is important to work with a doctor, nurse practitioner or certified diabetes educator in order to safely adjust your dosage. Keeping detailed records of your food intake (especially carbs), blood sugar levels, and insulin administration on a daily basis is key to safely and effectively following a low-carb lifestyle with type 1 diabetes.

Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE

Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.


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