#40 Carrie Diulus M.D. —Vegan Keto, Type 1 Diabetes, Exercise and Self Experimentation

Spine Surgeon, Type 1 Diabetic, Ultimate N=1 Experimenter


Doctor Carrie Diulus is a spine surgeon with an amazing story. Her life has been littered with maladies such as Celiac Disease, type 1 diabetes, gastroparesis, and a serious knee injury and yet she persists with athletic triumphs and incredible health. How she accomplishes this is a testament to her ingenuity and resourcefulness. Dr. Carrie shares her story of how data collection, self-experimentation, and analyzing the results led her down the opposite path from the advice of her doctors. Through her journeys, she has found a low carbohydrate diet to be the best option to treat her diabetes and eventually crafted a plant-based keto diet, including supplements that offer her all the nutrients she needs to keep her energy levels high and her insulin under control.


Her story shows the power of self-teaching, self-experimentation, and taking control of your own health!.


Key Takeaways:


[4:11] A knee injury caused Dr. Carrie to reconsider and switch her career path from pathology to orthopedic surgery.

[9:41] What led Dr. Carrie to choose a low-carbohydrate diet to combat her diabetes?

[20:23] After a bout of Gastroparesis, Dr. Carrie made a dietary transition into vegan keto.

[29:45] Dr. Carrie's Maffetone training and her measures of blood sugar and ketones tell a story of the physiology of glucose and ketone utilization.

[40:47] Dr. Carrie's exercise advice to people with diabetes.

[48:36] During 5-day fasting periods, Dr. Carrie's insulin sensitivity improves and her ketones rise.


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2 thoughts on “Carrie Diulus M.D. —Vegan Keto, Type 1 Diabetes, Exercise and Self Experimentation”

  1. Very interesting interview. I’m not diabetic at all (my father though was type 2 because of obesity, but is not anymore since bypass gastric surgery) but I am very much interested to follow a vegan keto diet. I’m a crossfitter, cyclist and yogi and I want to have enough energy to go forward with this way of eating low carb and being active. I am hesitant because everybody tells me « keto is wrong, it works short term but it’s not sustainable… » I also think of combining it with a 16/8 fast, and adding a FMD 5 days per 2 months (I «recreated» Valter Longo’s Prolon recipes with about same nutrition value). I take supplements everyday (multivitamins, vit D, vit B12, probiotics and omega-3). I still have a few pounds to lose. Do you think it is doable ?

    1. My question to you, is, why do you want to do a vegan keto diet if you’re not a diabetic or prediabetic? If it’s to lose weight, or to obtain maximal health, a whole-food plant-based vegan diet is the way to go. For someone who does a lot of exercise, carbs from beans, various fruits, sweet potatoes, whole grains, etc. will give you lots of energy to fuel your workouts. You’ll want to eliminate oils on a whole-food plant-based vegan diet.

      A vegan keto diet is really boring, limiting and devoid of many nutrients so you have to take a lot of supplements. Don’t do vegan keto until it’s a medical condition.

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