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June 1921

THE USE OF A HIGH FAT DIET IN THE TREATMENT OF DIABETES MELLITUS: SECOND PAPER: BLOOD SUGAR

Author Affiliations

ANN ARBOR, MICH.

From the Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of Michigan.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1921;27(6):699-705. doi:10.1001/archinte.1921.00100120070005
Abstract

In a previous communication1 we discussed in outline the advantages of the use of a high fat diet in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. We reported briefly the results of an investigation of the effect of a diet whose energy came largely from fat, to which was added sufficient protein to maintain nitrogen balance and the minimal carbohydrate necessitated in making up a diet that a human being can eat over a long period of time. It was shown that with such a diet, glycosuria was avoided in severe diabetics, and that acidosis was not produced.

The first paper stated the method employed and, in a general way, the results obtained. Freedom from glycosuria, however, does not necessarily mean normal glycemia. In this communication we shall deal with the effect of this type of diet on the blood sugar.

Blood sugar determinations, sufficiently numerous to permit drawing conclusions concerning the

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