Posted: 17/09/2015 at 18:31
I wouldn't trust that advice, personally. Everyone needs carbs, even diabetics. You can't cut them all out of your diet, and it's very unlikely that this Banting diet will cure diabetes or all of us diabetics would be on it. One of your 'enemies' in fact is hypos, caused by LACK of blood sugar - if you go very low, you will go into a coma and die fairly soon. What IS true is that you should be careful about what carbs you eat. I'll leave you to research that - in any case, your health pros should be clueing you in. You should in any case carry emergency carbs with you in case your blood sugars go very low - I find that something like jelly babies work well: they're usually 0.5g of carb. On a long run or race, unless you know there are carbs waiting for you somewhere, you should carry your own supply and, depending on the length of the run, aim to start the run with blood sugars somewhat higher than normal (what that level should be is trial and error, I"m afraid). The beauty of sweets such as jelly babies is that they have no fat - not only can fat make you, er, fat, but it can impede the process of getting vital sugar into your blood. I now really only run up to half marathons and have found that I can get through one without taking in any carbs at all, but I still carry a small supply because how your blood sugars work and what can make them go up and down is unpredictable. One aspect of running is that your body's first response to exercise is to treat it as an emergency - and you'd find, if you stopped and tested, your blood sugar readings going up as a fight or flight response. Over the long term, however, they will go down and you'll get the tell-tale signs if you are going hypo.
This is a good site http://www.runsweet.com.
Remember, whatever some claim, there is not yet a properly researched and verified 'cure' for diabetes. There are, however, good methods of controlling it. Good luck.