A recent article in Pediatrics demonstrates that using a Very Low Carbohydrate (VLC) diet for Type I diabetics (T1D) improves their outcome. While this is not an objective study, the study indicates that a dietary approach to diabetes, with its lack of side effects, may be quite effective at reducing the need for continuous infusion of insulin.


From an appetite perspective, I applaud the study yet provide a cautionary tale: Societal norms will make this hard on the kids to be compliant. Sugar-in food, hidden or not, with its inherent addictive qualities, and the ease and low costs in which it’s available, will be the real obstacle in the long term help that a VLC diet provides. Family members of the T1D will have to pitch in to reduce the pressures of over consuming sugars. Parents can do a lot for younger kids, as they have the ability to control their child’s environment. Education and support, perhaps even modeling modern addiction protocols, can help the T1D overcome the persistent temptation to eat carbohydrates. It’s the classic long term gain vs the short term hits of pleasure.

If you or someone you love has diabetes, the VLC diet is the best bet. It’s a no-brainer that reducing the need for insulin is an obviously smart choice. And that is accomplished by removing the biggest inducer of insulin, sugar. Remember that sugar is found in anything made from a grain: wheat, corn, barley, rice -and oats. And of course we’ll add table sugar to the list. If you are prediabetic or diabetic, or even if you want to be healthy, you can help yourself immensely by a VLC diet. And you’ll have to learn how to overcome the sugar temptations everywhere you go. It’s a battle worth fighting–everyday.