593: Nephrologist Dr. Keith Runyan Finds Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet Through Type 1 Diabetes

593: Nephrologist Dr. Keith Runyan Finds Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet Through Type 1 Diabetes

Nephrologist and low-carb obesity medicine practitioner Dr. Keith Runyan is our guest today on The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore!


When you train to become a medical doctor, it’s generally understood that you will come out of school with an adept knowledge about anatomy, histology, embryology, physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics which all directly impact people’s health. But a glaring omission in this educational piece is the subject of nutrition and the indelible connection it plays on chronic diseases and obesity. This is something that Dr. Keith Runyan had to discover for himself beginning in 1996 when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

When he realized he had diabetes, this St. Petersburg, FL-based nephrologist attempted to follow the American Diabetes Association recommended low-fat diet with a dietary intake of 50-60% carbohydrates. He thought he needed to eat this way along with balancing out his diet with insulin use, but his blood sugar control was still too erratic to be considered a success after two years of eating this way. That’s when Dr. Runyan decided to dibble-dabble with the low-carb strategies suggested by former podcast guest Dr. Richard Bernstein and in 2011 took at serious look at both the Paleo diet and the low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet to bring even better management of his diabetes as well as fueling his newfound passion for participating in triathlons. The results have been phenomenal.

Hypoglycemia has virtually vanished. Triglycerides have dropped. HDL cholesterol has increased. C-reactive protein (marker of inflammation) has plummeted. And Dr. Runyan credits his use of a well-formulated low-carbohydrate nutritional approach for making this happen. He has become so enthusiastic about this way of eating that he is pursuing board certification in obesity medicine later this year. Listen in as Jimmy and Dr. Runyan discuss this extraordinary story of how one medical professional took back control of his own health and is now committed to helping his patients live a long and healthy low-carb lifestyle, too!


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Dr. Keith Runyan bio
Dr. Runyan’s Ironman triathlon with Type 1 daibetes experience
Dr. Runyan’s fields of medical practice in St. Petersburg, FL
Dr. Runyan’s listing on the “List Of Low-Carb Doctors”
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