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Nephrologist and Type 1 Diabetic Keith Runyan Tried the Paleo Diet

Jimmy posted a recent interview with type 1 diabetic Dr. Keith R. Runyan, who is a nephrologist and internist.

Dr. Runyan is training for the Great Floridian Triathlon this coming October so he naturally has a great interest in high level athleticism as it intersects with diabetes.  He fuels his workouts with dietary fats and proteins rather than the standard carbohydrates.

Dr. Runyan’s current carb consumption level didn’t come up specifically in the interview, but his website indicates he’s on a ketogenic diet heavily influenced by Dr. Richard Bernstein.  I figure he’s eating under 50 grams of digestible carbohydrate daily.  He also tried Loren Cordain’s paleo diet; my sense is that it didn’t help much with his diabetes, but perhaps some.  My sense is that he incorporates at least a few paleo features into his current eating plan.

People with type 2 diabetes can probably tolerate a higher level of carbohydrates, compared to type 1’s, generally speaking.  This didn’t come up in the podcast interview.

Overall, the interview strongly supports carbohydrate-restricted eating for folks with diabetes.  Definitely worth a listen for anyone with diabetes who’s not sold on a very-low-carb diet.  If you’re sitting on the fence, at least check out Dr. Runyan’s “About Me” page.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Triathlon: run, swim, bike