Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Elyria, Ohio, United States:

I am taking metformin, Avandia and Lipitor for type 2 diabetes. Will these medications have a negative impact if following the Atkins diet?


This is a very interesting question. Metformin and Lipitor will both improve your cholesterol levels. At the same time, the Atkins diet tends to be very high fat since you cannot eat most carbohydrates. I wish I could say that one would cancel out the other, but that is not the case. There is much controversy over whether or not the Atkins diet is recommended for people with diabetes and high cholesterol. I tell my patients that want to try a low carbohydrate diet to try the South Beach Diet, which recommends low fat choices and is much more heart healthy.


Original posting 15 Feb 2005
Posted to Other and Meal Planning, Food and Diet


  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:00
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.