“Insulin is not a cure for diabetes; it is a treatment. It enables the diabetic to burn sufficient carbohydrates, so that proteins and fats may be added to the diet in sufficient quantities to provide energy for the economic burdens of life.” – Dr Federick Banting on his discovery of insulin.
Even in the 1920’s when insulin discovered it was still to be used so that diabetic were able to eat enough carbohydrates to survive, but rely on fats and protein for energy. So why in the modern society have we gone backwards in nutritional advice but forward in technology available.
There is so much controversy around low carb diets, especially for those with carbohydrate intolerances such as myself with type 1 diabetes. Don’t get me wrong, there are many benefits of carbohydrates and glucose is the only source of energy that our brain can use. Carbohydrates also provide a quick release of energy when needed in the ‘fight or fight’ mode to in sports performance. Modern society however has changed the views of carbohydrates to a need and to extreme amounts, rather then only need sufficient amount for energy (you can see the same views in regards to protein portion sizes).
I have had plenty of dieticians and doctors tell me that a low carb diet is unsustainable and that I will not be able to continue this way, and will eventually fail. I can understand the worries behind a low carb diet as some people get involved in ketosis diets, which as I’ve seen in my partner, are not sustainable. However, this is not why I am doing. Im eating moderate amount of carbs (50 to 60g of carbs a day) to sustain energy in the body.
Technology know allows people to have insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors but we are going backwards in our nutrition advice. These days we are allowing the technology to maintain our diabetes, and yes we need insulin, but following a low carb diet we are able to survive on less insulin then previously.
My daily insulin intake is 20 units of long lasting insulin (24 units when on my period) and then taking my short lasting when needed, mainly for dinners only. I used to use a cartridge of insulin every 2 weeks, now a cartridge lasts me over the month.
How do you guys feel about low carb diets? Have you had to deal with the controversy?