Diabetes, or diabetes mellitus, is a disease which makes it hard to handle carbohydrates, one of the three macronutrients.
Type 1 diabetes, which used to be called juvenile diabetes, means that the body’s ability to make the hormone insulin has been destroyed. Before insulin shots were invented, children with type 1 diabetes died from the disease.
Type 2 diabetes is the common kind, the kind I have, the kind that often shows up in overweight people, especially in middle age. If you get diagnosed with Type 2, odds are your body not only makes insulin, it makes too much insulin, and your body has learned to ignore it. This is called insulin resistance.
Both kinds of diabetes lead to fearful complications, including blindness, kidney disease, amputation of limbs, and cardivascular problems. Many conventional medical people will just put diabetics on insulin or other meds, and warn them that no matter what, their diabetes will just get worse and worse.
But the low-carb/ketogenic approach, along with fasting in the works of Dr. Jason Fung, provides better blood sugar control, weight loss, and less risk of diabetic complications. And this is not just opinion but backed by medical research.
The Book List.
(1) Atkins Diabetes Revolution, based on the medical practice of Robert C. Atkins, MD. (2004) Also read: Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution (1972)
(2) The Diabetes Diet, Richard K. Bernstein MD (2005) Dr. Bernstein is a Type 1 diabetic. He didn’t use to be a doctor— he just got a blood sugar monitor when they were new and for doctors only, and figured out the benefits of low-carb for himself and other diabetics. So he went to medical school at age 45. Also read: Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution.
(3) Conquer Diabetes and Prediabetes: The Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet, Steve Parker, MD (2011, self-published book.) Dr. Parker’s name is not as well known in the keto community as that of Atkins, Bernstein and Fung, but his eating plan is a bit of a change of pace. I’m doing it right now (June 2021) myself.
(4) The Diabetes Code (2018) & The Obesity Code (2016) , both books by Dr. Jason Fung. Dr. Jason Fung is a kidney specialist, and diabetes is the number one cause of kidney disease, so he sees a lot of it in his practice. A first he tried to get his patients on a low-carb diet, but his patients weren’t sure what they could eat on it so they still had problems. So he started recommending fasting and intermittent fasting. Dr. Jason Fung’s books are a bit harder reading material than most of the other books, but he has a lot of information we need to have.
Other Books: The sad thing is, these days just anyone can put together a self-published book. Often they put buzzwords like ‘keto’ or ‘fasting’ in the title, but the books may be full of mistakes. In other cases, any facts in the books were cribbed from books by the likes of Atkins, Bernstein or Fung— you might as well get those facts from the original authors. NOTE: many of the real voices to listen to in the keto/low-carb space get interviewed on one of Jimmy Moore’s podcasts. An author with actual good information, rather than the author of a me-too self-published work, will get known to the community via the podcasts. But it helps to read the basics first.