Help us let the NIH know that low-carb diets should be on its research agenda

NIH plan for clinical nutrition trials

Are you a low-carb practitioner or have you personally experienced the power of low-carb diets to improve your health?

If your answer is yes, please take a minute to write to the National Institute of Health (NIH) to suggest that low-carb diets should be included in its 10-year plan for nutrition research.

Unfortunately, a draft plan, issued by the NIH in mid-November, does not mention low-carb diets. This plan, once finalized in early 2019, will drive the NIH’s nutrition research agenda, especially clinical trials, for the next decade. The NIH is an important source of research funds and adds to the credibility of the trials it underwrites. With the burgeoning type 2 diabetes epidemic and the strong evidence of the power of low-carb diets to improve outcomes for these patients, it is particularly alarming that low-carb diet trials are not part of the NIH’s research agenda.

Comments on the draft plan (pdf available here) are due by December 15th, so please try to get your feedback in during the coming week. Your voice matters. Let it be heard!

Please email your comments to

The plan is over 60 pages, but for a concise summary of the plan and the entire situation, please see The Nutrition Coalition’s thorough post.


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  1. J. Ashley
    Sent my request Thanks for keeping us in the know J Ashley
  2. Bill
    This is what I sent to the NIH:

    Q) What is Diabetes Type 2?
    A) Insulin Resistance.

    Q) What is the leading cause of obesity?
    A) Insulin Resistance.

    Q) What causes Insulin Resistance?
    A) Insulin (specifically frequent large swings over decades).

    Q) What raises Insulin?
    A) Mostly Carbohydrates. (Minor increases come from protein and very little from fat.)

    Q) What is the minimum amount of carbohydrate required for good health?
    A) Zero. Some resistant starch and soluble fiber is good for the microbiome, but we require zero carbs. While dendrites need some glucose because they are too small for mitochondria, the liver creates sufficient glucose via gluconeogenisis.

    Q) If Carbohydrates directly cause obesity and diabetes, and we require none for good health, then why aren't ALL obese and type 2 people on low carb and ketogenic diets?

    A) This should be a primary focus of research for the NIH.

  3. Wanda Pate
    I have used a Keto lifestyle plan for two years! I will be seventy years old in March and have COPD, and use oxygen 24/7. Before starting on Keto I used 6 litres of oxygen, now I use 3! My overall health has improved dramatically and my weight has decreased by over 100 pounds! I am once again able to take part in activities that I thought would be impossible!! Keto is a lifestyle change that saves lives!

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