Low Carb For Diabetes

Some meal plans being suggested to diabetics have upwards of 240g of carbohydrates daily (4 serving at meals for 3 meals, 2 servings at snacks for 2 snacks – notice these recommendations from the NIDDK which suggest 200-300g of carbs daily HERE). Normal sugar in the blood represents approximately 1 teaspoon, or about 4g of sugar. So, 240g of carbohydrates, that will quickly break down into 240g of sugar, is equal to about 60 teaspoons of SUGAR! Yes, carbohydrates break down into sugar. This even applies to “complex” carbohydrates.

“We all know that sugar is bad, but we mistakenly believe complex carbohydrates are healthy and we need to eat them in abundance. BUT what if I told you that “complex carbohydrates” and “whole grains” are just glucose molecules hooked together in a long chain; the digestive tract breaks it down into glucose…also known as sugar. So a “complex carb” diet and a “sugary” diet are pretty much the same thing.” Maria Emmerich, Author of “Keto Adapted.” (www.mariamindbodyhealth.com)


“Complex” carbohydrates do not stabilize blood sugar.  A diet high in carbohydrates is the worst possible suggestion for diabetics.  It is like telling someone with lactose intolerance to center their meals around milk and cheese.

Enjoy this video about the advice to eat “complex” carbohydrates with diabetes…


“Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate intolerance. Reducing carbohydrates is the obvious treatment. It was the standard approach before insulin was discovered and is, in fact, practiced with good results in many institutions. The resistance of government and private health agencies is very hard to understand.” – Barbara Gower, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for research in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences.

Please read on to see why low carb living should be the obvious first line of treatment for diabetics.

(Thanks also to Ellen at www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com for this powerful visual image.)


Why a Low Carb Diet Should Be the First Approach in Diabetes Treatment

My favorite quotes from the article:

“The current state of diabetes care in the United States health system shows the inability of existing recommendations to control the epidemic of diabetes, the failure of low-fat diets to improve obesity rates, cardiovascular risk or general health, and the continual reports of serious side effects of commonly prescribed diabetic medications. The success of low carbohydrate diets in the treatment of diabetes and metabolic syndrome without significant side effects point to the need for a reappraisal of dietary guidelines.” Read the full article HERE



Low-carb Diet Recommended for Type 1 and 2 Diabetes Patients

My favorite quotes from the article…

“For many people with type 2 diabetes, low-carbohydrate diets are a real cure. They no longer need drugs. They no longer have symptoms. Their blood glucose is normal, and they generally lose weight.” – Barbara Gower, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for research in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences.

“The low-fat paradigm, which held things back, is virtually dead as a major biological idea. Diabetes is too serious a disease for us to try to save face by holding onto ideas that fail.” – Richard David Feinman, Ph.D., professor of cell biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Read the full article HERE

“Dietary carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management:

Critical review and evidence base.”

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Carbs – What is More Important – Quantity or Quality?


Image courtesy of Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt (www.dietdoctor.com)

If you only think about watching the NUMBER of carbs you eat, you are missing half the point. If you are going to be reducing a source of potential nutrients, then focusing on the QUALITY of carbs is important. Say for instance, you chose to eat 50g of carbs per day, but you chose to “spend” them on bread and pasta. What are you missing? A HUGE source of nutrients you could have received from better quality carbohydrates. Choose the most nutrient dense carbs you can find.  Quality carbs are usually those found in nature, those which derive much of their carb content from fiber and those which have very little effect on blood sugar.  For me, good quality carbs are predominantly non-starchy vegetables, but also nuts and nut butters (in moderation), certain types of full fat dairy and some low sugar fruit (if you can tolerate it).  For those needing to improve blood sugar control, focusing on carb quality is extremely important, as poor quality carbs typically raise blood sugar significantly.  So focus on both QUANTITY and QUALITY for optimal health.

 Here is a version of my ebooklet with a focus on Diabetes.

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Here is another free ebooklet courtesy of Sweetlife a Diabetes Centers.

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Other helpful articles:

“Type 1 Diabetes Well Regulated Through Long Term Low Carb Diet Plan”  HERE

“Low Carbohydrate Diet Proven to be Very Effective in Type 1 Diabetics – Just as You’s Expect” HERE

“Five Powerful Ways to Reduce Blood Sugar”  HERE

“Do we need 130g carbs per day?”  HERE

“Low carb diet protects against Type 2 diabetes”  HERE

“Low carb diet recommended for diabetics”  HERE


More resources for Type 1’s HERE

More resources for Type 2’s HERE