Vlad manages his type 1 diabetes on a carnivore diet

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My name is Vlad, I’m a 41yo type 1 diabetic.
I was diagnosed in January 2018 and hospitalized in ER as I was in keto acidosis with a a1c of 11.7, 329 blood glucose and just below normal level c peptide. I was immediately hooked to a “minibar” with insulin and vitamines.

This diagnose came like a relief as finally I knew why my life and my family’s life was a nightmare the months before. I was loosing weight, I was very tired all the time and most disturbing, I was always angry and sometimes violent, I lost short term memory and it was very hard to focus. 
The first meal I was served in the hospital was a plate with boiled potatoes, white bread and a chicken leg. I did not eat it. I immediately started researching online and against my doctor’s and my mother’s recommendations I just stoped eating carbohydrates. When I left the hospital I was recommended 250g of carbs daily and a total of 34 units of insulin.

Luckily I got very strong support from my wife and my mother, it was very hard for her since she was a doctor trained in the late 70’s. Also, ironically, today is a good time to be diabetic since there are many very good sources of informations, success stories and facebook groups to get informations and advice. 
Just six months later we visited Budapest and scheduled a meeting with Dr. Toth Csaba at Paleomedicina office. It was a very convincing discussion and we left the office optimistic and curious how an only meat and fat diet could improve my condition. Once home we started to implement the diet, we changed the shopping and cooking routines and in the next months I noticed obvious improvements under palaeolithic ketogenic diet compared with the previous period when I was on a classic ketogenic diet.

I gain muscle, strength, mood and memory were better and in just three months I was able to stop one of the insulins. Over time I did mistakes and miscalculations and after a while I had some digestive problems and we did not notice any progress.
This fall I scheduled a place for me at one of Paleomedicina patient events. After two day of o measurements and observations they stopped my insulin. I felt completely safe under Dr. Toth close observation but I have to admit that I was not confident at all that I could manage without insulin. The first days were very hard as I felt a bit sick and very lethargic but one morning it was just a bit better.

Since then I can only notice improvements, I feel normal, I have normal levels of energy all day long, I can focus, I only have small and normal digestive problems and only if I overeat. Overall I feel much more balanced and I am better without insulin than with insulin. Almost every morning I wake up with blood sugars below 80 and the highest post prandial blood sugar was 124 mg/dl. And that meal included half of tea spoon of raw honey, just because I wanted to test the limit and because honey is pkd accepted.

Today is my 58th day as a type 1 diabetic without any insulin at all and eating only meat, fat, organs and eggs in precise quantities tailored by Dr. Toth Csaba and Dr. Zsofia Clemens.


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10 thoughts on “Vlad manages his type 1 diabetes on a carnivore diet”

  1. Hi Vlad,

    I am really impressed with your progress without insulin. I am also a type 1 diabetic who has just started the carnivore diet. I have lots of questions and would love to get in touch with you, what media can I follow you on?

    1. Alexandre Cossette

      What Vlad is experiencing is called the “honey moon” period, where insulin needs are reduced for a while. It happens to a lot of newly diagnosed diabetics. I just don’t want people to have false hope. I eat a carnivore diet and have type 1 too, so I’m not suggesting this is a bad thing to try. Maybe it will prolong your honey moon forever, who knows? But keep monitoring your BG and don’t give up if your insulin needs rise again.

    2. I am Type 1 42 years old and have had it for 14 years. I’m on carnivore for 14 days and i get super high after big protein and fat meals. When you do a lot of protein you liver makes glucose. I find it hard to believe you take zero insulin and are an actual Type 1. Maybe since you were newly diagnosed you have function in your pancreases. I definitely do not in mine.

      1. It is medically impossible for a human to live without insulin. There are three things you could be. Not a diabetic at all, a type 2 diabetic, in this case your pancreas still produces insulin. A type 2 diabetic usually take either pills or a small amount of insulin. Or a type 1 like myself (39 years). The pancreas of a type 1 diabetic does not produce insulin. You have to take insulin via injections or insulin pump. Advertising Vlad’s comments is deadly. I would suggest you remove that post immediately before a type 1 listens to Vlad’s nonsense!

        1. I don’t think it likely that someone with type one will read a post and then proceed to degenerate to the point if mortality. Either you feel better, or you do not.
          As you have rightly pointed out; he may even have been misdiagnosed.
          But this is vital discussion to be having. Let’s not start self-censoring for fear that others are too stupid to make their own decisions.

      2. I am told that your liver makes only enough glucose for your brains requirements. Once you are in ketosis, you should see increases in cholesterols, lowered lipids and a tiny amount of “brain food” (glucose).

        1. Even if your still in your honeymoon phase 0 insulin is amazing 👏
          I’ve been diabetic about 5 years now and I’m taking a ridiculous amount of insulin daily for very little food. I’ve never tried a specific diet to stabilise my blood sugars and have pretty much had the “ill just take some insulin and it’ll be reyt” view on it.
          I am going to try to make my main source of food animal meats and fats, even if I have to take 20 units of glargene a night instead of 30 ill be more than happy with the results

  2. As mentioned above, if your body is making zero insulin brain cells and the few other tissues will not be able to utilize the glucose made by the liver. Blood level could conceivably be cleared by exercise causing muscles to uptake glucose without need of insulin but that would still leave the glucose requiring cells without it. So yes, there must be some amount of insulin production still going on.

    All that said, quite a wonderful tale and I would love to know more, get follow up info as to current status with diet, insulin need, etc.

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