I want to thank my friend Ellen Davis for addressing the ketogenic diet for use in insulin dependant diabetics. This is not an area of expertise for me so I am thankful that she has agreed to post here!
On to Ellen's post!
The Ketogenic Diet: Low Blood Sugar Protection for Insulin Dependent Diabetics
 Cryer, PE. Death during intensive glycemic therapy of diabetes: mechanisms and implications. Am J Med. 2011 Nov;124(11):993-6. Accessed August 8, 2015 at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3464092/pdf/nihms397850.pdf
Carb-Adapted or Keto-Adapted Brain?
In the overall evolutionary design of the human body, the ability of the liver to produce ketones is an elegant solution for providing an alternate body fuel when food is unavailable. Fasting and starvation cause the same elevation in ketone production, and in fact, most people wake up each morning in mild ketosis because they haven’t eaten for the past 8-12 hours. If dietary carbohydrate is restricted to 20 – 50 grams per day over several weeks and dietary protein is not excessive, the liver will produce ketones, and blood ketone levels will rise moderately. However, it’s important to note that blood ketone levels don’t typically rise as high during nutritional ketosis (0.5 – 3mM) as they do during prolonged fasting (5 – 8 mM) so this protective effect may be more pronounced during times of total food fasts.
She also has a wealth of free information at her other website www.healthy-eating-politics.com
Ellen has a Master’s degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College. She recently wrote and released two books detailing how to treat diabetics with a ketogenic diet. Both books were co-authored with Dr. Keith Runyan, a physician who successfully treats his own type 1 diabetes with a ketogenic diet, and both books are available on her website. Ellen lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.