As a type 1 diabetic, food and the ability to utilize the sugars involved are absolutely critical to my health. For those of you that are curious (and those that are still reading) the basics of what insulin is and why it is necessary are as follows: eating carbohydrates of all kinds break down into glucose, including those from grains, fruit, sweets, and dairy. When the amount of sugar in your blood stream is detected, it causes the pancreas to produce insulin. When insulin is released, it acts as a key to the cells of the body allowing the sugar to enter and be used as energy (University of Kansas, 2018). I won’t get into what leads to diabetes in this post, but I will say that a type 1 diabetics pancreas no longer produces enough insulin (or even any at all) leading to the need for injecting insulin to ensure proper levels of glucose in the blood.The basic idea with switching to a Ketogenic (70% fat, 25% protein, 5% carbohydrate) diet is that neither fats nor proteins have a large impact on blood sugar levels, which reduces the need to rely on insulin. I know first hand for this to be true. When I was eating a Standard American Diet (S.A.D.), I was injecting 36 units of Troujeo, a twenty four hour insulin, plus I was injecting 1 unit of Novolog, a fast acting insulin (2 hours) per 10 grams of carbohydrate. To give you an idea of what this translates to in real life consider that 1 slice of pepperoni pizza is equal to just under 34 grams of sugar, for a medium pizza. That would be about 4 units of insulin.
Now, if we were to take a Keto based recipe with cauliflower as the base for the crust of the pizza like this one here, 1 slice of a large pizza is an overwhelming 5 grams of carbohydrate, or 3 net carbs (total carbs minus fiber). Which would mean I could bypass my mealtime shot, which I have been able to do. As a matter of fact, I am currently taking 6- 8 units of Humulin R, an intermediate insulin (lasting approximately 6 hours), twice during the daytime, and a single shot of NPH (a twelve hour insulin) at nighttime. I am eating an average of 2500 calories a day and have not had to take any additional insulin.
I have been creating daily video updates of what my experience has been, both the good and the bad, I just need to get myself motivated enough to start editing and posting them. I know first hand how hard the journey you are beginning is, please remember you aren’t the only one. I document what I am going through so that you can use my experience as inspiration. If you have any questions please enter them in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer. If you have no questions please share something about your experience below.
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