Low carb and keto for doctors

Are you a doctor or do you know a doctor? Are you interested in low carb and keto diets? Then this resource could be something for you to use or share!

Note that this page will include information for doctors about how to handle medications etc. on low carb. This is not meant for the general public (full disclaimer). Discuss any changes in medication and relevant lifestyle changes with your doctor.


  1. (handout and visual guides)
  2. Guide for dietitians


1. Video course

8,897 viewsOur video course for doctors features Dr. David Unwin, a family physician in England, who’s involved in educating doctors and has been treating patients with low-carb diets since 2012.

The course will cover very practical tips for doctors, like how to effectively discuss the low-carb lifestyle with patients, how to handle medications, safety, patient motivation and much more.

We hope this will encourage even more doctors to learn how to use low carb in a simple, safe and effective way to empower their patients. For Dr. Unwin it not only helped his patients and saved money for his clinic, it made being a doctor feel rewarding and meaningful again.

The first part of the course can be watched above (transcript). We’ll keep publishing new parts every week here. Jump straight to part 2 or choose any part below.

For more on how to use low carb as a doctor, use the resources below.


2. Doctors’ stories

Perhaps you’d like to benefit from the experiences and insights of fellow doctors, who’ve already become confident at using low carb to benefit their patients?

Here are several such stories:

  • Low-carb profiles: Dr. Sarah Hallberg
  • Dr. Ted Naiman: Treating patients with low carb for 20 years
  • Dr. Jason Fung: Dismantling diet dogma, one puzzle piece at a time




3. Science

More than 20 high-quality randomized controlled trials support the use of low-carb diets for treating obesity, type 2 diabetes and other symptoms of metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance.

See the link below, or the Public Health Collaboration summary of RCT evidence.

Scientific studies on low carb and keto

Q & A

Here are a number of short and simple Q&A videos with doctors, on the science and experience supporting low carb:



For more in-depth discussions of the science supporting low-carb interventions, see the videos below.



Checklist4. Safety, medications and resources

Most people can safely start a low-carb diet right away. But patients on certain medications, plus breastfeeding women, may require more additional preparation or adaptation:

  • Is your patient on medication for diabetes, e.g. insulin? Learn more
  • Is your patient on medication for high blood pressure? Learn more
  • Is your patient breastfeeding? Learn more
  • Is your patient on psychiatric medications? Learn more


More resources for physicians

Promoting low carb in health care
"After a day or two the hunger goes away"


How to help patients reverse type 2 diabetes
Is there any good science on type 1 diabetes and low carb?


The seed-planting specialities
Motivating people to change their lives

Even more resources for physicians



5. For patients

Here’s a folder with basic low-carb advice, that you may want to print and hand out to patients. It can help speed up and simplify your consultations:


Other low-carb resources that you may want to share with your patients:

Below you’ll find visual guides that many doctors find useful to show to patients, during discussions about what a low-carb diet is.


Low-carb diet foods: Natural fats (butter, olive oil); Meat; Fish and seafood; Eggs; Cheese; Vegetables that grow above ground

Let’s start with a quick visual guide to low carb. Here are the basic food groups you can eat all you like of, until you’re satisfied. The numbers above are grams of digestible carbs per 100 grams (3½ ounces). Fiber is not counted, you can eat all the fiber you want. Detailed low-carb foods list


Foods to avoid on low carb: bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, fruit, beer, soda, juice, candy

Above you see what you should not eat on low carb – foods full of sugar and starch. Detailed list of foods to avoid


More visual guides



What do you think about this guide? Do you have any suggestions on how to improve it? Anything you’d like added to it? Please let us know in the comments below.


  1. Jude Roeder
    I think this is an excellent idea. Thank you!
  2. Anna Dann
    This is a great tool for our health clinic Thankyou! Do the posters come in a print out form? I love your site and have been a member since you first started!
    Reply: #4
  3. Bashi
    This is brilliant. As Anna above asks, we would also love to be able to use the visual guides in poster format for our rooms.
  4. Anna,
    Not yet, but I've heard that request many times, so we should do that (plus other patient handouts). Thanks!
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  6. Dr. Dawre
    I run a m^tabolic clinic in Mombasa and low carb has helped reverse type 2 diabetes and hundreds of patients with weight management... I recommend your site to all my patients... Well done...
    Warmest wishes from Kenya...
  7. Angeline Gillman
    After my husband received the news regarding his retinopathy... I researched for help and ideas. We have been on a LCHF diet for 12months ;weight loss has had to be slow because of the retinopathy. HOWEVER ....6kgs lighter... blood sugars under 8.... & reducing insulin!
    Thank you for pioneering this diet. But why does the Governments' "healthy eating advice " persist in recommending 33% carbs ? Ii feel very cross about the years of being told to give him a "healthy diet" ..2,500 kcals...when its contributed to his type 2 diabetes complications.
  8. Tiffanee
    This new area for providers is a dream to me! I will soon be board certified in the US as a Family Nurse Practitioner and one of our greatest challenges in primary care is weight/Type 2 DM/overall wellness. I can't wait to dive into the content of this area to help prepare me even more for my exciting new phase in my career! Thank you Dr. Eenfeldt!
  9. June
    A brilliant idea!
  10. Bengt D Nilsson
    How many video courses for doctors do you plan to publish?
    Reply: #11
  11. 17 or so, to start with... ;)
  12. Laura
    Hi Dr. Eenfeldt.....Love this Guide! I have been using your site for 10 months and its made a big difference in my overall health and my endurance sport. I have been monitoring my lipid and A1c levels as well along the way and have had good results. I am a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner in the USA and I frequently recommend your site to my metabolic syndrome, type 2 DM patients, patients who are stuck on weight loss or patients in general that just want to approach nutrition differently. I have frequently pulled up your Visual Guides, Best and Worst pages in the office to review with the patients for a starter. I agree that an office poster or printable handouts that have your website on it share with patents would be great.
  13. Emily
    I'm excited about the potential LCHF has for helping lots of people, but am surprised at my lab results after following a keto diet for 2 months (I have a keto Mojo, and ketone levels are typically 0.6-1.2). My lipids increased, which I understand is not surprising, but my A1C went from 5.8 to 6.1, despite checking my finger sticks 4-5 times a day, including post prandial, and averaging 104. Am fastings average 90. Is the A1C of 6.1 likely lab error, or is there something else weird going on? I'm wondering if there is a known or suspected way this happens sometimes, which I don't know about? I am not seeking medical advice, but rather wondering if there is an explanation for an uptick in the A1C.
  14. Glenda
    I am a family nurse practitioner and my husband is a family practice physician. We have both recently retired but I'm keeping my license going for another year or two to be sure I don't want/need to go back to work. We are wondering if you have a referral network of physicians doing similar work to what you are doing? We are in the Seattle, WA area and have friends and family in Chicago, Phoenix, Oklahoma City who could benefit greatly from your work. Thanks!
  15. Sue
    I have been eating keto for about 7 months and my husband got on board a couple months ago. We just had physicals and bloodwork done. My cholesterol went up a little but my husband's LOL doubled. He's worried that the diet is not working for him and is making him unhealthy. He eats on the road while working so can't be as strict. Could this be a part of the problem? We are in our mid 50s. Should we be worried? What should we change?
  16. Sandy
    Hello, please could you provide your guides in a format which can be printed? They are too good not to share.
  17. emma
    please would you add a search bar! i read the podast with Mozzaffarian and wish to find it again for reference. thanks


  18. Helen
    Sorry I waited so long to join up...this guide better that I imagined!
    Particularly interested in others' experience with finding a good blood ketone meter to purchase & recommend
    If you already have material about this on your site I cannot see how to easily search and find it.
    Thanks, Helen
  19. Michaelia
    Thanks for adding the patient resources, these are really helpful.
  20. Emma
    Is keto diet ok for 70 years old healthy woman?
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  22. Malin

    Hei, I wonder if the healthsmartfoods (chocorite protein bar) is safe to use? Is It really low carb?

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