A child with type 1 diabetes successfully treated with the paleolithic ketogenic diet


Before and after

Here’s another remarkable success story. A 9-year-old child with type 1 diabetes was put on a very low-carb paleo diet. The result? He no longer needs insulin injections – his body still manages to produce enough insulin by itself – and his blood sugar stays normal.

This of course means the child no longer has any episodes of low blood sugar. He has also improved his health in many ways, improved his fitness, reduced number of infections and improved his eczema.

The child has now been followed for 19 months and is still doing great.

IJCRI: A child with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) successfully treated with the Paleolithic ketogenic diet: A 19-month insulin freedom

Obviously it’s still likely that the child will eventually need insulin injections, as his body’s number of insulin-producing beta cells may continue to go down.

Most people who have had type 1 diabetes for a long time need insulin injections even on a strict low-carb diet. But they need far lower doses, and it becomes much easier for them to control their blood sugar. See stories below.


More on Type 1 diabetes

“Overall, I Now Have a Completely New Life”

A Revolutionary Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes – Hanna Boëtius


“Low Carb vs. High Carb – My Surprising 24-Day Diabetes Diet Battle”

Sugar May Increase the Risk of Type ONE Diabetes Too

2-Year Old Kid With Type 1 And NORMAL Blood Sugar

Low Carb – A Revolutionary Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes and LCHF – A Great Combination


  1. Bob Niland
    re: Obviously it’s still likely that the child will eventually need insulin injections, as his body’s number of insulin-producing beta cells may continue to go down.

    Not if the original provocation that led to the autoimmune destruction of beta cells is permanently removed from the diet. Top suspect - wheat (but ditch the barley, rye, and all other grains as well).

    Yes, this might just be "honeymoon phase", but on rare occasions, it's not, and a grain-free KD takes full advantage of what may be a very short time window.

    T1D used to be called "childhood onset" diabetes (and likewise T2D used to be called "adult onset"). Both of those descriptions no longer apply; why? Both of these ailments have active, at least slightly different causes, and they are gaining on us. Start hunting for the perp in the pantry.

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  3. Bob Niland
    re: i consider that diabetes is a chronic disease and can't be quickly reversed

    There is no single thing called "diabetes". We have T1D, T2D, GD, LADA and "T3D" (AD). The top two are T1D and T2D, which are entirely different ailments (but National Affliction Associations like to conflate the two so that they can claim "diabetes is incurable"). Be suspicious of anyone or any site that fails to be specific on every page.

    Via diet, T2D is trivially avoided, and easily reversed at the metsyn and pre-diabetic stages. It is reversible after that to the extent that the complications are.

    T1D is an entirely different matter.

  4. Stipetic
    This is a fascinating case from Hungary. I noticed the physician practices evolutionary medicine. Excellent. Too bad it was published in an obscure-ish journal.

    Also interesting is the diet parallel's Belleview's all-meat trial from way back when (of Vilhjalmur Stefansson fame). This kid is eating a Paleolithic ketogenic diet consisting of only animal meat, fat, offal and eggs with a fat:protein ratio of about 2:1. No vegetables or fruits whatsoever. No artificial sweeteners or vegetable oils. Only small amounts of honey.

    My money is also on wheat, but the author's cash is on milk proteins as the likely trigger of the boy's type 1 diabetes.

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  5. chris c
    There's evidence from the Joslin studies of elderly Type 1s who have remained complication-free for many decades that they retain *some* although not enough insulin production, suggesting that the autoimmune attack stops at less than 100% of the beta cells. Obviously stopping it soon after it starts would be better.

    Interesting factoid from a few years back was that the *rate of increase* in Type 1 was actually higher than the *rate of increase* in Type 2, especially adult onset/LADA which often progresses significantly slower than childhood-onset anyway. I don't know if this is still true. It's commoner nearer the poles than the equator (vitamin D?) and also correlates with celiac (wheat).

    It's possible that he may be MODY (Halle Berry) or some other genetic form, either way this is seriously interesting.

  6. Dana
    I remember for a while there it was a trendy fad kind of thing for type 1 diabetics to swarm low-carb blogs and articles about using diet to deal with diabetes, and the gist of their messages was "Hey, there's a DIFFERENCE between type 1 and type 2. We're not like those FATTIES who ATE their way into diabetes--we have a real disease, and you can't help it with diet!"

    I felt then that they were full of it. Never thought you could cure type 1 this way, but knew that you could at least manage symptoms better. I'd love to go find every one of them now and make them read this.

  7. chris c
    Oh yes, "I can eat lots of carbs and shoot up lots of insulin so I'm BETTER THAN YOU!"

    Yet strangely all the best controlled Type 1s are low carbers, from Richard Bernstein to Type 1 Grit. Many of them achieve truly normal A1c (below 6%and often below 5%) and almost flatline BG curves without the "inevitable hypos" HCPs always warn against.

    Not a few high carbing Type 1s end up with weight gain and insulin resistance, so-called "double diabetes"

  8. Leticia Velasquez
    I am a 53 year old female, type two diabetic and after three months of great blood sugars on a keto diet(20 carbs) my A1C went from 8.5 to 5.9 and my sugars went from 96% over the ideal range to 94% in range.
    I was taking 48 units of injected insulin at night and was about to be taking mealtime insulin. I threw out my insulin with my doctor's congratulations!
    This is the cure that they treated all diabetics with until insulin was invented in 1920. I saw that, on this diet, I did better in the morning sugar without insulin by around 50 points.
  9. Austin
    The poor kid looks like he has Kwashiorkor
  10. Matt Steve
    Great work and it's great seeing a child staying off of medication as a Type 1 Diabetic. I too am I Type 1 Diabetic but wasn't diagnosed until I was 32 years old. I am now 34 (2.5 years later) and have not yet take an insulin injection in thanks to following a plant based diet. Check out my
    blog to learn more...


  11. Erika Payne
    You refer to a case from Hungary. Would you mind sending me a link? I can't see it anywhere. I am Hungarian and my 10-year-old son was diagnosed with T1D a month ago. Thanks!
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  13. Amy
    Extremely low carb and low sugar diets have been used since the time before Banting discovered insulin to control TYPE 1. Guess what? The patients still inevitably died. This is utter hogwash and you all should be ashamed. Look at the boy in the photo! He is still vastly underweight and looks like the photos of kids with Type 1 back when there was little treatment—kids on their way to coma and death. Yeah, great advertising! Idiots.
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  14. Gentiann
    No need to be angry !
    Who are the "idiots" anyway: the doctors/scholars who did conduct this study? The people who are commenting?
    It seems that you did not take time to read the study:
    This boy has been closely followed and his health improved dramatically in a very short time. He still needs to put on more weight obviously.
    There is no reason to insult anybody over this well documented case study.
  15. Kristi
    This child is in the honeymoon stage of Type 1. He will eventually have to use insulin... though a keto diet will help him not need so much. There is no cure for Type 1.

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