As is now generally known, the cardinal features of the Allen method of treating diabetics are fasting, and the feeding of low diets and diets so modified as to meet the metabolic needs of the individual. While fasting and low feeding have been suggested and employed by various other workers in this field, the persistent and continued use of these dietary measures to the point of making and maintaining the patient both acid and sugar free, as employed by Allen, is a radical departure from former methods of treatment.
Among the many fears which this unique treatment has excited in the minds of both clinicians and patients is that the persistent use of the low diet would gradually and seriously weaken the patient. Untreated diabetics are accustomed to eating even larger quantities of food than are normal individuals. The diet of normal individuals of course varies widely with the age
WILLIAMS JR. THE EFFECT OF UNDERNUTRITION ON MUSCULAR FORCE: A STUDY OF THE INFLUENCE OF LOW DIETS, OR THE ALLEN METHOD OF TREATMENT ON THE PHYSICAL VIGOR OF DIABETICS. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1917;XX(3):399–408. doi:10.1001/archinte.1917.00090030084005
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