Someone sent me this article about a new type 1 guy controlling his BG with a Paleo diet alone, no insulin. Do you think this is for real or is he just on his honeymoon? Has anyone else here tried this diet? The diet seems to be basically no grains, no dairy, and no legumes.

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This guy is full of sh*t. Either he is lying to us, or he is lying to himself. Crossfit is just intense exercise ~1000 cal/hr.

Paleo is just a low-carb diet (except he seems to think its fine to eat bananas, so not sure how low-carb he really is). Bernstein's diet is also no grain, no diary, no legumes (plus no fruit, no nuts, and restricted vegetables to make up a total of 30g carb per day).

A T1 makes no insulin, and everyone needs insulin to survive. If he is in his honeymoon, then he is being incredibly irresponsible to suggest otherwise.

There's nothing magic here.
Unfortunately, every two weeks it seems someone is coming out with some new thing they say cures Type 1. If...when... there is a cure, you will hear the music and the shouts in the streets from far away! A low carb diet can help you control blood sugar, that is well proven, but like Jag says, we need insulin to live, type 1's produce very little or none. End of story. People have varying degrees and lengths of honeymoons, and LADAs have the longest, but in the end the very definition of type 1 is needing insulin from the outside because we don't produce it on the inside.
Exactly. And back in the 'olden days' people with type one diabetes typically died and the cause wasn't known. It wasn't that type one diabetes wasn't around then, it was that it was not really understood. I love it when people are like "back when we ate nothing but dinosaur love and unicorn fluff nobody had type one diabetes". No, those with type one just died off fairly quickly and went undiagnosed.

Though, I haven't been able to find dinosaur love or unicorn fluff in the stores. Maybe if I could just get my hands on some I could magically fix my pancreas. :-p

Seriously though, if you eat and exercise like that you can cut down your insulin needs. But...the key word is cut. When I exercise I can go in at 150 and walk out at 65 after 15 minutes of hard running. If I eat nothing but salad and lean meat (no sauce, no anything) then I don't have to take much insulin. Not because my pancreas has started to work again but because exercise can lower your blood sugar and the afore mentioned foods don't have a lot of carbohydrates in them -- meaning you've reduced the amount of insulin you're taking. You're still not producing on your own. If I did those two things but also had a cold I would see an increase in insulin need. Why? (All together now!) Because I'm still not producing insulin on my own. :)
They didn't "typically" die -- they ALWAYS died. Healers have known about Type 1 since ancient times, and tried everything they could think of to heal it (including some really nasty stuff!), but until the 20th century, there was simply nothing they could do.

Aren't you glad to have been born when you were, instead of 100 years earlier?
I think you have to look at the timeline a little closer than ancient and go back to pre-historic. The key date is the agriculture revolution that changed things. The data in Anthropology studies show much healthier bones and teeth in remains of those pre-agricultural revolution(roughly 10,000 year ago) than those who started consuming grains. There is not doubt introducing grains and manipulated grains to the human physiological process changed us and not for the better. I am a Type 1 and recently started the Paleo life-style, while I do not claim it has cured me, my insulin use has gone down dramatically and I virtually use only my basal rate and that's about it. Food consumption other than large amounts of fruit in one sitting (usually dessert) usually do not require a bolus. I think with a little research and understanding of the human body you may see the correlation between autoimmune conditions like ours and the agricultural revolution.
Hi Jag31,

Almost. The PaleoDiet isn't low carb per se, but it certainly is reduced carb. The idea is to return to the types of foods our ancestral hunters and gatherers ate: wild, lean animals, seasonally available fruits, and vegetables. The PaleoDiet allows a lot more carbs than does Bernstein, with the difference being the fruit. Paleo says you can have it, Bernstein says no.

And as for that guy not needing any insulin anymore...good luck with that! I hope his will is in order...

Cheers, Mike
I agree with Jag and Zoe on this. I've been a TYpe 1 since 10 and for years had to take insulin no matter what diet I tried.
Agree with the others. It's a crock.

Jag, Dr. Bernstein's diet does not prohibit dairy products.
As I recall he prohibits milk and yogurt. Cream and cheese are OK. Is that right?
Yes because of the higher carbs in milk & some yogurt.
The greek yogurt -- e.g. Fage or labneh, or "strained" yogurt -- has only 7-9 gm of carbs per cup, depending on the butterfat content.

You can make it at home this way: put a quart of plain yogurt into a few folds of clean cheesecloth in a colander, over a bowl, covered with a weighted plate (e.g. with a clean, sealed jar of water on top of the plate) that fits down into the colander. Put this contraption into the fridge and let the whey drip into the bowl for a day or two. When you take it out and unfold the cheesecloth, you can scrape out the strained yogurt with a stiff spatula or serving spoon.

The whey has taken most of the moisture and some of the carbs, leaving behind a creamy yogurt that is halfway between normal yogurt and cream cheese in consistency. Yum.
Wow, it's really cool that he can tell when his pancreas is producing insulin and when it's not. Where can I get a pancreas like that?





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