Low Carb Diabetic Diet: Is It Safe?

| February 12, 2020

Low Carb Diabetic Diet: Is It Safe?

Low Carb Diabetic Diet Is It Safe

Diet plays a big role in managing diabetes, so following a low carb diabetic diet is sometimes recommended to those that suffer from this illness.

When you suffer from type 2 diabetes, your body has a hard time removing glucose from your bloodstream. As carbohydrates are turned into glucose in your body during digestion, it stands to reason that controlling your carbohydrate intake could be a key part of diabetes management.

But is it healthy to follow such a low carb diet for weight loss? Well it really depends on how the individual interprets low carb.

Keto Diet

The British Dietetic Association and the Food Standards Agency have expressed concern that people following low carb diets may be putting themselves at further risk.

People have tended to ignore the research as these low carb diets can result in very fast weight loss especially in the short term.

Protein foods are very filling thus helping you to eat less. But eating too much protein can result in the over manufacturer of ketones, your body’s response to starvation.

It is these ketones that are linked to bad breath, nausea and dizziness often associated with these diets. It is more sensible to follow a long-term method of losing weight by eating all of the food groups in moderation.

It is not easy to stick to a diet that eliminates whole food groups as it can become very monotonous eating the same food day in and day out.


Also, you need to be aware that carbohydrates are an essential component of our diet. We need to eat some every day in order to maintain health.

Not all carbohydrates are created equal though and most people think of white bread, pasta, rice and potatoes when they think of carbs. While it would make sense to reduce your consumption of these foods, you should not cut out carbohydrates completely.

To explain this further, you need to understand that there are two general classes of carbs–refined and unrefined.

Ketogenic Diet

Refined carbs (the afore-mentioned white breads, white flour, pastas) are essentially refined sugars, meaning once you eat them they are quickly turned into glucose in your system.

Unrefined carbs are typically found in whole grains, beans, fruits, and many vegetables. The higher fibre content in these foods helps to slow down your body’s absorption of these carbs, which in turn slows the process of converting carbs into glucose.

The problems start when you eat too many carbs–especially too many refined carbs which is typical of the Western diet.

If you eat excessive amounts of quickly absorbed refined carbs, you end up in a situation where you have more glucose in your body than it actually needs, and that excess glucose gets turned into fat.

Excess glucose is closely linked to diabetes, specifically type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes, also known as late onset diabetes, is caused either when the insulin the body produces fails to control blood sugar properly or when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin. Having too much sugar in your blood causes excessive thirst, fainting and can lead to stroke and an increased risk of heart disease.

As you can see, if you are eating a lot of refined carbohydrates that release a lot of glucose (natural sugar) very quickly into your bloodstream, this makes diabetes more difficult to control.

When eating carbohydrates, you should choose whole grain high fibre varieties and this is especially important for diabetics due to the slower release of glucose.

Not only will these help to fill you up more (due to the fibre) and provide the nutrients you need, but you may also gain added protection from certain forms of cancer.

If you want to eat potatoes, then eat jacket potatoes or those boiled in their skins. Avoid chips and roasted and try not to add butter or other fats as a dressing.

In order to lose weight, you need to combine more exercise with eating less.

Exercise is beneficial in the treatment of diabetes. Just make sure you take your doctor’s advice before starting a new program.

Exercise has so many health benefits so you should definitely try to incorporate this into your life. It doesn’t have to be too vigorous to start with; a brisk walk will do.

When trying to lose weight, aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week. The more gradual your weight loss the less likely you are to put it all back on again.


Don’t put any particular food off limits as that will only cause you to crave it more. Obviously, you cannot eat cakes and biscuits every day, but having the odd diabetic chocolate won’t hurt. Having a reward day is a great motivational tool to keep you on track.

There are a number of different low carb type diets including Keto, Paleo and Atkins. They all have their pros and cons so try them and find which one works best for you.

Keto Food

I personally like the Paleo diet best, but I know many people who have had great success with the Keto diet and it has become increasingly popular.

If you do want to try the Keto diet I suggest taking a look at the Custom Keto Diet program which is an 8-week program designed for you so it takes all the guesswork out of it. You can check it out here if you are interested.

And I have done a review of the program so you may want to read that before you decide whether to buy it or not and you will find the review here. The post also contains some more basic information about the keto diet so is definitely worth a read.

So, in summary, you can definitely follow a low carb diabetic diet to kick start your weight loss but I would seriously consider switching to a more long-term weight management program as soon as you can to keep the weight off for good. And don’t forget to add exercise into your plan too and you’ll soon have the body you want.

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