Low Carb Doctors – medical support for low carb eating

Low Carb Doctors Supporting the Ketogenic Diet

The rise in Type 2  diabetes occurred simultaneously at the introduction of the dietary guidelines. This has led to a number of medical practitioners world wide who have become outspoken in their knowledge, encouraging people to break their fear of fat that’s been gripping society for over 40 years. In their experience, when fat is limited and restricted such as on a low fat diet, numerous health issues emerge including Type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity, pcos and numerous other concerns of the modern era.

When Doubt Creeps In

It can be daunting when you go to your local GP and discuss weight or health issues and low carb in the same sentence. In Australia, unless you go in with research articles printed out to help support your decision to go low carb, it can feel daunting and overwhelming so doubt creeps in. You may have lost weight healthily by eating real food, cutting out sugary

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foods, pasta and bread, but you may still be told you’re not doing it right. Even though the results speak for themselves. Despite having excellent cholesterol readings, your triglycerides are perfect and you have high HDL and low LDL, you could still be questioned by your doctor.

Although doctors in Australia provide medical advice on nutrition, this is not their area of expertise and are more likely to prescribe medication to manage high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes rather than address the food as medicine philosophy. Type 2 Diabetes has increasingly been shown to respond well to a low carb diet.

When you don’t feel supported by your GP, doubt can creep in and take over and try to stop you doing what you’re doing. I have experienced this as have many others I have talked with who follow a low carb way of eating. Knowing there are low carb doctors out there can help allay any doubts and help you regain your confidence for your low carb lifestyle.

To help you build your confidence and feel that you are on the right track I’ve pulled together some information on well known Low Carb Doctors who promote the low carb way of eating.

Renowned Doctors of Various Specialties Who Promote Increasing Fats into the Diet and Reducing Carbs:

Many doctors through their medical experiences have learnt the impact that high carbohydrate diets have had on society. While treating patients individually has given them exposure to this impact first hand, many turn their passion to a global scale to change current health trends.

Each one with a shared goal – to reeducate people by improving health through low carb eating.

Some of those who are spreading the word about reducing carbs in everyday life to improve health include:

William Davis MD

A Cardiologist, Dr William Davis, is an advocate for low carb eating. In particular he discusses the impact of wheat consumption, blood sugars spike even more than sugar, including wholegrain and organic wheat! For Wheat Belly and Undoctored

 

Link to his site https://www.wheatbelly.com/

Swedish Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt

A Medical Doctor, Andreas Eenfeldt, has established the largest health blog in Sweden known as the Diet Doctor.  He is passionate about empowering people’s health through education of living healthy low carb lifestyle.  Advocating cutting out sugar and eating real low carb foods. Dr Andreas Eenfeldt has also authored a book called Low Carb, High Fat Revolution: Advice and Recipes to Improve Your Health and Reduce Your Weight.

To find out more about the diet doctor follow this link https://www.dietdoctor.com/

UK’s Dr. Aseem Malhorta

An influential British Cardiologist and Author of the Pioppi Diet. He is passionate about sharing the dangers of sugar and is progressively leading the campaign against sugar in the UK. Aseem gives sugar the reputation of Public Enemy No 1. He has also worked with sports scientists to shut down the link between inactivity and obesity. Drawing from his own medical experience and scientific research to highlight the link between sugar, carbohydrates and obesity instead.

Dr Aseem Malhorta also is outspoken about the dangers of prescribing medications to manage cholesterol among other conditions when they can be managed through clean healthy eating.

 

South Africa’s Tim Noakes

Professor Tim Noakes has been under scrutiny and reported to South African Health Authorities known as the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). He recommended a low carb high fat diet to a parent on Twitter a number of years ago. He advised her when her baby is ready, to wean her child onto a LCHF real food diet. This comment led him being reported for unprofessional conduct. He has presented evidence for his advice as being consistent with the National Guidelines which was also scientifically correct. Since then, he has been found that he has not acted in an unprofessional manner in his advice given on Twitter and therefore has been cleared. You can find information shared by Noakes on his website The Noakes Foundation. If anything, this case has provided significant support through scientific based evidence demonstrating the benefits of a low carb high fat diet – woohoo!

Scottish GP Malcolm Kendrick

Author of the Great Cholesterol Con, Scottish GP Malcolm Kendrick refutes the role that saturated fats raise cholesterol. Through his vigilant research, Malcolm explains that cholesterol increases as a result of carbohydrates being consumed. When excess carbohydrates are not converted to energy, the excess is converted into fat in the liver, which are then synthesised (changed) into VLDLs which are then sent out into the body containing excess fat which then increase LDL levels. His argument is consumption of fat reduces VLDLs while excess carbohydrates convert to fat in the liver which increases VLDLs  as well as LDL’s. For more information on how fat and cholesterol are not the culprit in health issues including cholesterol, have a read of The Great Cholesterol Con.

Australian Dr. Gary Fettke

Dr Gary Fettke promotes low carb and high fat. He promotes eating real food not processed foods, and also discourages sugar consumption. He’s an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Tasmania when a dietitian made a complaint to the country’s medical regulatory body for health practitioners, called AHPRA, and was reprimanded for giving advice to his patients to stop eating sugar and processed foods. He had seen numerous diabetics lose their limbs due to their diet which included sugar. His recommendation came from a place of knowledge and concern for his patients in an effort to prevent limb amputation.  Since being silenced by AHPRA, he has since been found not guilty of malpractice but has restrictions on his conduct not to recommend nutritional advice.

A site managed by his wife, Belinda Fettke, known as I support Gary, highlights the challenges doctors face in Australia in particular in relation to the governing body AHPRA who have become a law unto themselves.

Dr Fung

Dr Fung shares his observations from a scientific perspective on various aspects of weight loss. In particular, he encourages and supports Intermittent Fasting in combination with low carb eating. He refutes the role that calories play in contributing to weight gain. According to Dr Fung, if this was the case, then over the last 50 years, people’s restriction of calories would have helped with weight loss, but it hasn’t. He also argues that exercise isn’t a major contributor to weight loss. It can help with health but not weight loss. Instead, obesity is a hormonal issue involving insulin resistance which when activated by carbohydrates continues the cycle of insulin release. Over time, this leads to weight gain. Interrupting this cycle through fasting for periods of 12, 16, 20, 24 hours will lower insulin production. To find out more click on the links below.

 

Find your Local Low Carb Doctors for Support

United States

For a list of Doctors located in the US who you can trust to support you in your ketogenic journey with a comprehensive understanding of nutrition and the affects of carbs on our health, go to this site where you can find a ketogenic doctor.

Australia

Lists a number of contact details of General Practitioners, Dietitians, Registered Practitioners in each state who practice low carbohydrate living. This site also includes events discussing the low carb way of life.

lowcarbunderresources.com.au/resources/

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is unique in its shift in recognizing and promoting a low carb diet for managing Diabetes. This is valuable recognition the role carbohydrates play in the development of Type 2 diabetes, obesity and other health conditions. Such change is contributing to better acceptance and a major shift in people’s knowledge around health and making healthy choices. To find out more about this, go to the diabetes website. There’s a lot of information regarding research by Dr Unwin and others https://www.diabetes.co.uk/ . There’s even info on the keto diet.

Canada

In Canada, a team of clinicians have opened a low carb clinic. Owned and operated by Erin Pitkethly, a pharmacist who specializes in management of medical conditions and weight loss using a low carb approach.  Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition – www.ccfortna.ca

Hungary

A low carb hospital which opened in 2012 supports low carb eating – www.paleomedicina.com

 

Share your Experiences

This is just a few that I have come across thus far. As I discover more I will add them to this post.

What has your experience of discussing a low carb diet been with your doctor? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

16 thoughts on “Low Carb Doctors – medical support for low carb eating

  1. I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic several years back and rapidly heading towards full-blown Type-2 diabetes. I had a sweet tooth and ate lots of chocolate. I was sent to a NUTRITIONIST, who charged a highish fee, who told me nothing I didn't already know or couldn't look up for free online. I simply decided to significantly reduce my chocolate intake by 80% but still allow myself a weekly treat. I also reduced my carbohydrate intake and switched to using wholegrain alternatives. This wasn't difficult for me though I imagine it could be difficult for others. I hardly ever eat potatoes, my former staple carb, and only cook with brown wholegrain rice and pasta. I have those 3-4 times a week and just eat lean meat and veg the rest of the week for my main meals. Breakfast is a mixture of porridge, granola and nuts. While I was advised to eat 3 meals a day spaced regularly during the day, I eat breakfast around 10AM and dinner around 6PM and skip lunch. I just don't feel hungry during the day. I do still have some junk food snacks in the evening, mostly crisps (or potato chips as the Americans call them). The result: I lost some weight (walking for 30 minutes several times a week helped here) and my last blood tests showed i'd dropped from diabetes territory well back into pre-diabetes territory. Diabetes is a dietary disease for the most part. And it can be controlled by eating the right natural foods rather than medication. Staying away from any processed food is absolutely necessary - they're packed with sugar and salt. And stay away from fruit juices. They're also packed with sugar. I'm talking about orange juice here in particular. Fructose is a natural sugar that oranges are full of. Eat an orange instead.you get the juice plus all the fibre goodness from the fruit. As you say, eating real food is the key. And if you want to reduce your cholesterol, eat a couple of portions of oily fish like Mackerel or Salmon each week.
    1. Hi Gary, thank you for your comment and sharing your experience! It sounds like you have successfully managed the looming likelihood of Type 2 Diabetes through managing what you eat and making informed, mindful choices, well done! And lost weight in the process, an added bonus. By cutting out the processed foods filled with sugar and salt to add flavor, and foods that lack nutrients such as white bread, you're fueling your body with real nutrient dense foods. This keto blog doesn't advocate pasta or rice even wholegrains, as the goal is ketosis, however it sounds like your choices are working for you :). All the best :).
  2. Hi Kat :-) I've had type 2 diabetes for years now. I must watch my sugar intake and carbohydrates. I was so used to eating whatever I wanted but that's not the case anymore. You are what you eat and it always shows.I am on a mission now to eat healthy and feel much better.Thanks for sharing :-) ~Rob
    1. Hi Rob, thanks for visiting :). It's great that you've found the cause of your type 2 diabetes and have adapted your diet to accommodate to reduce the impact of sugars on your system. I'm glad it's making you feel much better too. Enjoy the journey.
  3. Hi Kat, I am glad you made an article about professionals supporting keto diet. I was introduced to this "diet" by my friend who had type-2 diabetes (but, he wasn`t referring to it as keto diet - it is more like intermittent fasting). As recommended to him by his doctore. I have seen his dramatic weight loss and healing when he did this diet, and i was impressed. This was about 4 years ago, and until now, he is still on that diet and looking healthy as ever. And now, whenever i hear about keto-diet, it reminded me of his diet back then, it was actually ketogenic diet. I believe that since it has been making good results for people with diabetes, it was later on introduced to the people. I believe in it. Thanks again for this article, very informative.
    1. Hi Hanna, thanks for dropping by. Yes, it's remarkable how much of a difference following a low carb or ketogenic diet makes to one's health. It's so much more validation when you can see a friend's consistent efforts pay off, and keep the weight off. That's priceless. There are some doctors who do promote this, but they are less common unfortunately, even though there is sufficient scientific evidence in support of this way of eating. I'm glad you believe in it, thanks for sharing :).
  4. What a great article. the misinformation or lack there of given by gp's in terms of diet and weight loss is something that really bothers me. although I struggle myself to eat properly and break the hold that years of being told "fat is bad" has on me, I am becoming more and more aware of the right ways to eat and this article is very informative and helpful. thank you!
    1. Hi Zoe, thanks for the great feedback. It's something that I've too found frustrating with regards to misinformation from GPs and the mixed messages we get. I hope this post can help others recognise this as an issue, as well as to trust their own research to help them give something like the keto diet a try for their own benefit, even if it might be in contradiction to their doctor. Diet isn't something GPs specialise in. It's also good to know that some doctors do support the keto diet, so I'm hoping this information gives people confidence in their choices. Thanks for dropping by :).
  5. I'm not diabetic and don't understand why my font is all upper case. never mind, let me finish my comment. as I've said I'm not diabetic but a lot of my relatives are suffering for years. doctors are studying ways to provide relief or healing for diabetic patients but sometimes worsened the problem. actually, the diabetic person is the culprit and it all depends on how willing to change one's lifestyle. I agree with your statement that staying away from process foods and being careful with our daily food intake are the best remedies.
    1. Hi Eli, thanks for stopping by. You're right, the diabetic is responsible for how they have become diabetic. It is a lifestyle disease for sure. Processed foods have become our worst nightmare, with all of the artificial additives included, as well as sugar to help them taste edible. Our bodies just aren't meant to eat that kind of stuff. All the best :).
  6. WOW, THIS IS SUCH AN EYE-OPENING ARTICLE I HAD NO IDEA THAT IF YOU'RE SEEING RESULTS IT DOESN'T ALWAYS MEAN IT'S THE BEST RESULTS. SO AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'S ABOUT DOING WHATEVER IS RIGHT SO YOU'RE HEALTHY AT EVERYTHING NOT JUST AT ONE THING. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE KETO DIET AFTER SEEING THIS AND I'M GOING TO SHARE THIS KNOWLEDGE WITH MY FRIENDS. CHEERS!
    1. Hi Brandon, I'm so glad you found us :). There is a lot to learn about our health that may go against the norm. The keto diet has been gaining momentum because it works. Research has also been demonstrating its health benefits as well as reducing weight for those who follow it consistently. Do your research and be consistent and the results will speak for themselves. Thanks for sharing your comment, all the best for you Brandon :).
  7. This a very informative post on the ketogenic diet, i KNOW NUMEROUS PEOPLE THAT ARE ON THIS RIGHT NOW AND SWEAR BY IT. I know just from being a witness to my grandfather being a diabetic in stage 3, that your blood sugar can be a serious issue if it's not treated FROM A PREVENTATIVE APPROACH BEFORE IT GETS OUT OF CONTROL. iN MY OPINION, I BELIEVE THIS STARTS WITH YOUR DIET. mY WIFE IS ON A KETO DIET AND IS A PROFESSIONAL IN THE MEDICAL FIELD. i ASK HER QUESTIONS ON THIS DIET ALL THE TIME BECAUSE I HAVE SEEN GREAT IMPROVEMENTS IN HER OVERALL HEALTH FROM IT OVER THE LAST YEAR OR SO. pOINT IS HERE, THAT i KNOW THAT THIS DIET WORKS AND IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE IT, JUST TAKE FROM ONE OF THESE DOCTORS AND WHAT THEY HAVE RESEARCHED IN THEIR BOOKS.
    1. Thank you Casey for your insightful and supportive comments. Seeing is truly believing hey! It sounds like you're seeing the benefits directly with those you love, that's wonderful to hear. Thanks heaps for leaving your thoughts here. I wish you and your loved ones well on their journey of good health.
  8. Hi Kat, and thanks for this article. I've thought of this diet for some time, yet can't bring myself to quit carbs, lol. It's my one weakness. I have friends doing the Keto Diet and love it. They've lost weight, and are feeling fantastic. It truly works! I'm from Canada and really appreciate the link you gave for the clinic. i'm checking it out for sure. time to start! cheers, suzanne
    1. Hi Suzanne, thanks for your comment :). I'm glad you've found something of interest for you which has motivated you to give keto a go, yay! If you need any help, pop back over here and I'll be more than happy to support you on your journey. Good luck :)

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