I've just started the paleo diet, makes a lot of sense to me, but I have a problem. I'm type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump. Carbs level out my blood glucose. They're also making me fat, so I want to ditch them. But my blood glucose levels are high without carbs. The same thing happened when I tried Atkins, and they explained to me that Atkins is dangerous for type 1 diabetics as you produce ketones when the body looks to itself for energy. And ketones will put me in a coma! So what do I do? I'm gluten free anyway as I have Celiacs too, can I have 1 piece of gluten free toast for breakfast just to keep the blood sugar level? Or does that negate the whole point of paleo?
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on August 25, 2013
at 10:06 PM
Yes, you can eat a small amount of carbs on a paleo diet, or a large amount of carbs. Paleo is not a low-carb diet, though many people do it in a low-carb way. Try checking out the Pefrect Health Diet for a paleo-friendly diet that includes moderate amounts of natural, healthy carbs with a strong focus on maintaining a stable blood sugar level.
Also, ketones will not actually put you in a coma. Ketoacidosis is a dangerous condition that develops when your body is producing ketones even though it has an adequate amount of glucose available. The root cause is a severe failure of insulin regulation or response. Ketones themselves are not harmful, even if you have diabetes. If you are on a low-carb diet, ketosis is a natural process of converting fat to ready energy. Some people find it very helpful for losing fat and maintaining a steady energy level; others don't do as well on it. I would generally not recommend it as the first thing to try.
Paleo isn't about macronutrient ratios. The core of the paleo diet is eating a variety of natural foods, which includes not just meat and vegetables but fruit, root vegetables, and other starches, along with avoiding certain modern foods that are believed to be harmful, such as wheat.
on August 26, 2013
at 02:09 AM
Paleo is NOT a low carb diet, but the carbs you can have within the template are limited to starchy vegetables and fruits--grains and sugars aren't necessarily paleo (but some people may still eat them, and the Perfect Health Diet incorporates "safe starches"). Some of us limit our carbs on the Paleo diet, but that is matter of choice or metabolic response.
Small amounts of ketone bodies in the blood (ketosis) are NOT dangerous for Type I diabetics, but ketoACIDOSIS is. There's a difference, and you need to learn what it is. Lowering carbs causes "Benign dietary ketosis". Failing to cover your ingested carbs with sufficient insulin, or a severe illness can cause Ketoacidosis, which is life-threatening. Big difference!
I highly recommend that you read the book "Dr. Bernstein's Diabetic Solution" before monkeying with your carbs. You need to really understand what you are doing. And you also need to understand that carefully and knowledgably reducing carbs can have great health benefits for a Type I diabetic. Find medical professionals who know enough to assist you in adjusting your medications if you decide to try it, not idiots who don't know the difference between having some ketone bodies in the blood and ketoacidosis.
on August 26, 2013
at 01:25 AM
Read this and talk to your doctor about whether these resistant starches are OK for you. Less glycemic spike. http://www.healwithfood.org/diet/kitavan-diet-foods.php