Dr. Ian Lake is a GP in the UK. Having Type 1 Diabetes himself, he adopted a ketogenic lifestyle 7 years ago, which he feels positively transformed his daily diabetes control to near non-diabetes levels. He runs a website dedicated to providing information about ketogenic lifestyles in Type 1 diabetes and this month is launching a comprehensive course for healthcare professionals.
He self-experiments on ketogenic diets in type 1 diabetes and in 2019 he completed a 5-week solo and unsupported run covering over 700 miles on just 9% carbohydrate. In 2020 he took it to a whole new level by organising the zerofive100 project, a 100-mile team run over five days fully fasted with zero calories.
Ian’s Top Tips
These top tips are aimed at Type 1 Diabetics
- If you have injected insulin and your blood sugar isn’t coming down – do some physical activity.
- There are certain times of day when glucose control is harder (not food related) try skipping a meal.
- If you are keen to try the ketogenic diet for managing Type 1, read about it on Ian’s website and ask your clinician to support you.
Dr Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: A Complete Guide To Achieving Normal Blood Sugars – Dr Richard Bernstein
Dr Ian Lake’s research paper
Nutritional ketosis is well-tolerated, even in type 1 diabetes: the ZeroFive100 Project; a proof-of-concept study
The Society of Metabolic Health Practitioners
Quotes by Ian Lake
“I always thought I could outrun it”
“I have absolutely nothing to lose.”
“It’s downhill all the way from here.”
“The realisation that you can manage your type 1 diabetes very, very well indeed with something simple like a diet has sustained me through the past 7 years.”
“People who are on a keto diet have 6 times fewer hypos.”
“Getting it wrong on a high insulin regimen is much more serious than getting it wrong on a low insulin regimen which is keto.”
“93% of people go into a clinic and the general advice is for high carb diets.”
“19% of doctors said they don’t recommend a keto diet because it is unsustainable or bland, where’s the science in that?”
“You can eat anything but whether you should be eating anything or everything is a different matter.”
“60% of people have done this alone with any help from any clinician at all.”
“Diabetic Ketoacidosis can happen in any person with diabetes if you get ill enough but as a result of the diet itself.”
Connect with Ian Lake on social media
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/type1ketocom
The Fabulously Keto Diet & Lifestyle Journal: A 12-week journal to support new habits – Jackie Fletcher
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