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August 6, 1916

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Dr Joslin uses fasting and a low carb diet to treat diabetes.





The Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus

Elliott P. Joslin


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"Alternate feeding and fasting are adopted when it is found that the glycosuria persists after a preliminary four days' fast. The method which I have found most successful has been to allow, following the first fasting period, 20 to 40 grams carbohydrate not far from half a gram per kilogram body weight-and about one gram of protein per kilogram for two days.This can be avoided by still further restricting the carbohydrate, either temporarily or permanently. It is always necessary to bear in mind that one food which the diabetic patient cannot do without is protein, and to it everything else must be subservient. While testing the protein tolerance, a small quantity of fat is included in the eggs and meat given."

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Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It does not specify which foods to eat or avoid but rather focuses on when to eat them. The most common intermittent fasting methods involve daily fasting periods of 16 hours or longer.
Weight Control
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes
Carnivore Diet
The carnivore diet involves eating only animal products such as meat, fish, dairy, eggs, marrow, meat broths, organs. There are little to no plants in the diet.
Ketogenic Diet
The ketogenic diet involves eating high fat, low carbs, and moderate protein. To be in ketosis, one must eat less than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day.
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