So you've heard about low-carb kids? Is it dangerous? Why would you raise your kids low-carb?
The importance of whole food nutrition in children’s health and development cannot be stressed enough. All children will benefit from lowering their sugar and carbohydrate intake, especially from processed and junk foods.
And here's how you do it.
- Is keto safe for kids?
- What Do Low-Carb Kids Eat?
- 1: Low-Carb Kids - why they benefit
- 2: Low-Carb Kids - busting the myths
- 3: Low-Carb Kids - The Sugary Truth
- 4: Parent Resources
- 5: Low-Carb Kids - start their healthy future today
- 6: Low-Carb Kids - what do they need?
- 7: Low-Carb Kids - how to encourage veggies?
- 8: Low-Carb for Kids - tips for eating out
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Is keto safe for kids?
Is keto safe for kids and how far should you reduce the junk carbs from your child's diet?
Removing or reducing junk food and junk processed carbs and sugar from your child's diet is a nutritious way to fuel their growing bodies.
How much you remove sugar and junk food from their diet is down to your personal desire for a healthy diet and any other health factors that you need to discuss with your physician.
What Do Low-Carb Kids Eat?
If you are raising low-carb kids, the emphasis should be on feeding them tasty nutrient-dense meals and reducing sugar from your child's diet.
Children shouldn’t be relying on sugars, refined grains, and high-carb snacks.
Kids should be basing their meals on whole foods, unprocessed foods, and nutrient-dense foods ... and no one can argue with that.
Low carb is all about going back to basics – meat, vegetables, low sugar fruit, seeds, nuts, and healthy fats. Real food is simple food.
1: Low-Carb Kids - why they benefit
Children eat as much sugar by the time they are 8 than adults only 100 years ago, consumed in their entire lifetime.
All children will benefit from ditching junk food and lowering their sugar, ultra-processed carbs, and wheat intake.
My children are low-carb kids, not NO-carb kids. I emphasise their meals to be from whole food sources that are naturally lower in carbs from nutrient-dense sources. When you base your children's meals on whole real food, they almost become low-carb by default.
You don't need to be so strict with children's dietary carb intake, if they are in a healthy weight range, as they are generally more insulin sensitive than adults are, so their body can deal with sugars and nutrient-dense carbs more efficiently.
Overweight children may need to be controlled quite tightly. Studies have shown that children eating a ''low carb high fat' diet, lose more weight and keep it off far better than those on a 'calorie-restricted low-fat diet'.
2: Low-Carb Kids - busting the myths
If you are new here, every parent needs to read the Top 10 Low-Carb Kids Myths.
Surely children who live low-carb will be missing out on something essential? Surely kids need carbs for energy? And why should kids be restricted?
Here, we take a closer look at the top ten myths and uncover the truth behind kids and low carb.
3: Low-Carb Kids - The Sugary Truth
This is a quick video that helps explain how carbs affect blood sugars, fat storage, and some quick tips to reduce sugar.
4: Parent Resources
Infographics and printables for you to help planning lunch boxes easier.
- Low Carb Kids 1 - tips and tricks
- Low Carb Kids 2 – a printable guide to get your kids involved. How to plan you lunchbox each day.
- Low Carb Kids 3 - 2 weeks of school lunches and how to plan them.
- Low Carb Kids 4 - how to make a low carb lunchbox, and more Low Carb lunchbox ideas
- Low Carb Kids 5 - healthy sugar-free snacks for after school
- FREE printable PDF Healthy Sugar-Free after school snacks
- Low Carb Kids 6 - an entire MONTH of low carb lunch boxes
- Low Carb Kids 7 – My guest post on Diet Dr, “How To Raise Children On Real Low Carb Food”.
- Low Carb Kids 8 - How to help your child eat real food - with an action plan.
- Top 10 Myths Of Low-Carb Kids
All children will benefit from drinking fewer soft drinks (and energy drinks are an absolute no-no), fewer cakes, fewer sweets, less ice cream, fewer chips and stopping drowning their food in tomato sauce (which is just as high in sugar as some chocolate sauces).
5: Low-Carb Kids - start their healthy future today
Children's bodies are growing at a rapid rate, and if we don't feed them the essential nutrients they need for all the complex mechanisms that are going on inside their body, we are setting them up for a very unhealthy future.
Remember, chronic diseases don't occur overnight, they take decades to develop. So a healthy future begins in childhood.
Many diseases of adulthood are now seen in children at an alarming rate. Type 2 diabetes was once termed Adult Onset Diabetes, but it can no longer be called this.
It is so sad when some children exist on litres of soft drinks, hot chips, pies, McDonald's, KFC, Subway - DAILY. Next time you see a bunch of teenagers hanging out at the mall, what are they eating? Usually, some kind of takeaway washed down with an energy drink. Zero nutrition.
Their growing bodies have begun their an addiction to high energy foods, they neglect whole foods, and are probably have some nutritional deficiency.
Try and really think about what your children have eaten in the last week. How many times did they eat vegetables? How many days did they drink fizzy drinks? How many times did they enjoy a home-cooked meal with you?
If you wish to begin reducing the carbs for your children, you can use the same stepwise approach that adults do.
Cut out the most obvious places that sugar and ultra-processed carbs lurk. And slowly introduce real whole food in their place.
To see what I pack each day for my low-carb kids, join my FREE – Low-Carb Lunch Club and my closed group – Low-Carb Lunch Box hacks. Come and join in the fun. I’ll see you there.
6: Low-Carb Kids - what do they need?
I want to teach my children about having a healthy lifestyle -
- for their bodies to be well-nourished (which is different from well-fed)
- to be able to concentrate at school
- not eating to excess
- enjoying treats
- eating real whole food
- making good choices
- enjoy trying new foods (our family rule is "you don't have to like them, but you do have to try them")
- being active is fun
- health and nutrition are a priority
Children need healthy FATS - they keep you full for longer, contain essential fatty acids, and supply the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
Children need protein - building blocks of their growing muscles.
Children need quality nutrient-dense carbohydrates - but nowhere near what people think. Nutrient-dense carbohydrates such as full-fat dairy, nuts, seeds, berries and of course vegetables are the staple source of carbs in our household.
Children need vegetables - fibre, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, antioxidants, phytochemicals and all the other hundreds of compounds that haven't even been discovered yet.
Fruits and vegetables should not be seen as equal. Fruit is incredibly high in carbs, especially fructose.
Eat whole fruits (and never fruit juice or dried fruits), as the whole fruit contains fibre and nutrients, but don't consider they are equal as vegetables. Be aware of the fructose content of fruit, and limit to 1 or 2 pieces a day.
Go for low-sugar fruit such as berries. Cut back on high sugar tropical fruits such as pineapple, melons, grapes, etc.
7: Low-Carb Kids - how to encourage veggies?
How many parents do you know where they just laugh and say their children just WON'T eat their vegetables? It is your responsibility as a parent to ensure they are properly nourished.
It's the convenience of not having a battle at the dinner table that allows them to refuse vegetables.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it is easy, I have been through this struggle myself, but establish a few family rules, one at a time, which let them know it is not negotiable. Go slowly as it may be a big change for some families. Be proud of what you have achieved. Little by little.
- Our first family rule is they have to try everything. They don't have to like it, but they have to try it
- Keep introducing that food (maybe weekly) until they enjoy it, this may take what seems like forever, but you do get there
- Get them to smother the food in something they do like to hide the taste (remember, they HAVE to eat some of it)
- Flavour your vegetables. My children would turn up their noses at most greens until I made them zoodles, mashed cauliflower, and broccoli/cauliflower bake. I almost cried at the beginning when my youngest asked for more, a proud mamma moment.
- Put butter and cream cheese on the table instead of tomato sauce (way too processed and full of sugar). Let them flavour their own food. They have control and won't battle so much.
- Put twice as much of something on the plate as you know they will eat and then you can negotiate they only have to eat half (sneaky psychology, but man this one works).
- Get them to choose what to go in their lunch boxes. I know what each of my children's tastes is so I make their lunch box accordingly. I'm not saying I make totally different lunch boxes, but where one has tomatoes and feta, my youngest will have capsicum and carrots. I still add one thing a day to push them. At the moment, it's a cherry tomato each day for the boys. They know I will check each day to see if it has been eaten if not, they have to eat it before they eat their afternoon tea.
- Try the low-carb chocolate zucchini cake, it's an easy introduction.
I would say I am pretty good at what I feed them at home (all the pictures you see, are our actual meals), but I don't restrict them in any way when they are at friends or at parties.
No one likes a diet bore or a food restrictor. It would be great if other parents made good choices, but really, it's not making up a huge part of their diet.
This would be different of course if your child has a true food allergy or intolerance, but my children never have.
My focus at home is always restricting carbs and restricting poor food choices.
Eating out is a tough one but with practice, you can instinctively choose menu items which are lower in carbs than most OR adapt what is on offer to become low-carb (swap fries for salad).
Most cafes sell wheat and sugar-laden cakes, muffins, doughnuts, sandwiches, juice, .... and sometimes there is no other choice. That's ok, just make sure they have the best of what is there and NO juice. Save your $$$ and ask for a jug of water. Try and adapt what is on offer.
8: Low-Carb for Kids - tips for eating out
Subway? Easy. Just order a Sub of the day as a salad for $2 more, or order the thinnest wrap they offer.
Mexican? Yum. Order a naked burrito or a salad packed with colourful vibrant healthy ingredients, and add extra salsa, avocado and cheese.
If you visit McDonald's, a quick healthier option would be to choose a small burger meal, choose water over a fizzy drink and replace the fries with a side salad. To serve, simply open the burger and put the meat patties, sauces and cheese on top of the salad. Voila, the regular meal would have been 870 kCal, 133g carbs, this instant bunless burger salad meal is only 204kCal and 4g carbs!!!!! It just takes a bit of thinking outside the menu.
My children rarely drink soft drinks, I prefer they drink water (or on occasional circumstances, diet drinks). I know there is a lot of controversy about artificial sweeteners, but I personally choose them if the only other choice available to them are sugar-sweetened beverages such as fizzy drinks, flavoured milk or juice.
For some children who are reliant on regular soda, this can be a stepping stone to coming off sugar-sweetened beverages completely. I believe there is a short term place for diet soda, but not in the long term.
This is great, and as they say, prevention is better than cure. Having a healthy diet for them early will surely give them better health in the future and will help them be healthy. Just having to feed them healthy is the challenge I think.
Nancy M Libby
Constipation seems to be an issue. We have been on the low carb (keto for me) way of life for almost 5 months. My little guy (age 10) had severe constipation issues. Outside of drinking more water, what am I doing wrong? The rest of our familyof 6 seem to at times be constipated, but I am feeding lots of leafy greens. Help!
In my experience increasing salt intake helps a lot. You flush a lot out since you retain less water eating less carbs. Also, definitely making sure you are getting enough vegetables. I do way better on 40 net carbs, all from low carb veggies, than at 20 net carbs. Also, dairy is a huge contributor to constipation. I’ve done many forms of low carb. 20 net with dairy and I was miserable. 20 net vegan, just couldn’t enjoy my meals. 30 -40 net dairy free, all carbs from veggies or eggs has been fantastic.
I love this site, some great advice. I have been doing low carb for 2 months due to auto immune, and have also shed over a stone!
My beautiful daughter is 9 and is, as her BMI says, overweight. She is very body concious. She is very tall but also had some excess fat. She's been doing low carb with me for 3 weeks and is trying very hard. She is eating more fruit, snacking on cheese and coconut flour waffles. Meal times are hard as she eats no veg. Only thing I can get her to eat is buttered carrots. She has struggled and not even lost a pound yet. She gets on the scales every morning, and then looks disappointed. She isn't gaining though, just maintaining.
She has had the odd chocolate treat but ive tried to count it in her daily carb allowance and gone for choc as opposed to sweets. Its hard as it's Easter here so choc is in abundance! I'm worried that if I'm giving her lots of good fats in not helping her. Should I lower the cheese, cream intake? Or maybe calorie count? I'd appreciate your advice x
The emphasis I use with my children is to eat whole food. I don't calorie count or carb count for them. I make sure my kiddos shy away from excessive fruit, especially high-sugar fruits such as grapes, tropical fruit such as pineapple, melon and dried fruit of all kind. I also limit how many low-carb treats we enjoy. Part of the ethos of living this way to rely more on savoury foods than sweet treats. There is a place for low-carb baking, of course, to help get off the sugary and high-carb treats, but they should be reduced. I encouraged my children to eat more vegetables and a wider variety of foods with these family rules. 1: You don't have to like it, but you do have to try it. 2: They were allowed to leave 1 thing on their plate (but I amped up the other veggies I knew they would choose). 3: Treats and after dinner desserts made less and less of an appearance each week. I understand as a parent it is so tricky balancing healthy eating, with any future body conscious issues. You're doing an amazing job. Take it slowly. Maybe allow her to find some low-carb recipes she would like to try and cook with you? Why not join my Lunch Box group where we share our lunch box and healthy eating ideas? You can see what I pack for my 3 kiddos and hubby. 🙂 x
How do you feel about children drinking whole milk?
My children do drink whole milk, but I definitely limit how much otherwise they would drink gallons and milk is still high in lactose which soon adds up. 100ml = 4g, so a cup 250ml = 10g. This is another reason why I also switched from milky coffees to creamy coffees. 250ml - 350ml milk vs 2 tbsp cream which is only 1-2g total and keeps me full for sooooo long. Great question Anjo!
I have been concerned about my son's weight ever since he started eating full solids. He has such an appetite, and is just off the charts in growth. My pediatrician kept telling me not to worry about it, that there is no such thing as an obese baby, and we don't even think about that until he's two. Well, he'll be two next week, and I put his height and weight into the chart, and he is obese. I'm sick about it. I swore that wouldn't happen to my baby. He never drinks juice, we rarely eat out. I cook all his meals from scratch, but apparently I screwed up somehow. I need to lose weight too, and so on thinking about transitioning is to a low carb diet. I know how to do this for myself, but for him, I feel lost. What veggies do you stay away from for your children? Obviously potatoes... But do they eat squash? Carrots? Obviously leafy greens would be unlimited. When I am dieting, I go extreme. And that's fine, because I'm not growing, and I'm trying to lose body fat. But I don't want him to waste away, I just need him to slow down a bit and let his height catch up. I'm not trying to put him on a diet... Doo you have a list of vegetables you encourage your kids to eat?
Brenda this must be so hard for you. Why not read this page and this page, then join my free Support Group and my kid's lunch Box Hacks group. My kids are low-carb, not no-carb. they get their carbs from nutrient dense carbs such as vegetables, berries, nuts, dairy etc.
Hi, Thanks for your awesome article. I think for Low Carb Kids the emphasis should be on feeding them tasty nutrient dense meals. Children shouldn't be relying on sugars, grains, and high carb snacks. Low carb is all about going back to basics – meat, vegetables, low sugar fruit, seeds, nuts, and healthy fats. Real food is simple food. Am I right?
YES!!!!! There are so many myths out there that our kids are on some weird whacky restrictive diet. We go back to the whole real foods that are also lower in carbs. I emphasise the "lower in carbs" part because so many people say they eat whole foods, yet still base their diet around juice, fruits, dried fruit, honey and whole grains. All of which cause chronic high blood sugars. As a family, we enjoy lower carb food, nutrient dense food, healthy fats and moderate quality proteins. It's pretty simple but it becomes complicated when we have to clarify the myths out there. We eat simple, healthy, fresh unprocessed food and become low-carb almost by default 🙂
Hi please help as my son is 12 years old and is overweight what do u mean by low carb diet is it keto dirt? And can we give children grains legumes and brown rice or that’s off limits thanks
I suggest you download this handbook (it's free) to get started. How To Reduce Sugar In Your Child's Diet. It gives you easily actionable steps to reduce sugar and processed carbs. How much you lower the carbs from your child will depend on any advice you have been given from your healthcare provider. Some children go extremely low (sometimes keto) after medical consultation and medical advice for a medical/health condition, whilst others just want to lower the carbs from junk sources and keep nutrient-dense carbs such as dairy, nuts, seeds, berries, vegetables in place.
Hi! I am assuming you don't regularly count carbs for your kids. But I am curious about how many carbs a day would you say your kids eat? Do you have a ratio of fats/protein/carbs you would recommend for younger kids (less than 10 yrs)? Do you recommend increasing that carb ratio as they get older or lowering the carb amount? Thanks for your opinion!
Gosh, I'm sorry, but I'm not even beginning to go down this rabbit warren of counting and advising on macros for kids. It depends entirely as to their weight, health, growth spurts, medical conditions etc. I make it simple and base all our meal on lower-carb whole foods. They eat plenty of quality protein as they are all still growing. For my boys, I give them extra protein (for example an extra sausage or chicken) at the dinner table compared to my 17 year old who has stopped her growth spurts as her growth is slowing down and more gradual than my 11 and 15-year-olds. They eat until full, and if still hungry? I fill them up with non-starchy veggies, healthy fats and more quality protein (so no nuggets, processed ham etc). If your child has a medical condition that needs to be monitored closely such as T1 or epilepsy, then yes, you will have to count them and monitor macros. But for most readers, I am just trying to encourage ditching the junk food, processed carbs, sugar and getting back to whole food as close to nature intended it. I hope that helps. 🙂 I have just been interviewed on a podcast regarding this exact subject. You can listen to it here.
Thank you for the detailed Post!!
I started Keto for my kids (9) and (7).
Its two weeks and they seem to be getting adjusted to it.
My Daughter has started complaining of joint pain (in elbow and knee) since yesterday, i am worried if this diet has anything to do with it.. Should i be visiting a doctor for any kind of tests before i continue the diet for my kids?
I cannot give medical advice. But what I will say is that most people who begin low-carb have reduced inflammation and reduced joint pain due to the lower sugar levels which are inflammatory. If you are at all worried about your daughter, please visit your Dr to see if there is anything else happening here.
What an aweome and helpful site! Im currently trying to help my 9 year old get her weight back on track. I personally have had success by lowering my carb intake, so that is the plan for her as well! Im always looking for meals and especially snacks that are low carb (more low starch, really). I consider myself very lucky that she actually likes a variety of vegetables! She also loves seafood, especially tuna steaks! Im looking foods that are also filling (fiber?), as we are also working on portion sizes!
my daughter is 2.5 year old. is there any age you would recommend starting for kids? I've always tried to give her carbs, protein and veggies - is she too young to "ditch the carbs"?
As long as you feed your children real, whole food, they become lower carb, almost be default. The emphasis I place on my children is not carb counting, but real wholesome food that is naturally lower in carbs. No one can argue that the high carb processed food that surrounds us is good for anyone, let alone growing children who need all the nutrition they can get. And nutrition, is what is lacking from our current high carb processed food pyramid, based on pasta, wheat, bread, rice, sweets, cakes etc. Why not join my Low-Carb Lunchbox Hacks group to see what I pack each day. It all give you an idea of what my kids eat on a daily basis.
The problem we have is the aunties and grandparents! We have tried explaining to them about how low carb is good for not only children but also adults and they just do not get it. We had an incident only yesterday at my mums house as she was having our son for a few hours. My mum was offering him chocolate, bread, juice all the things we do not eat so he ate nothing at all and when we arrived she went mad at me. I explained to her that is not something we eat as its all bad for him but she looked at me like i was the worst parent in the world and just said whatever. How do I make her listen when she doesnt want to listen?
Oh Sian, I completely understand your frustration. The number of people who simply do not understand how modern food is chronic carb loading our kids. If you told her you were vegetarian I wonder if she would have honoured your choice? All you can do is keep trying and maybe take your son next time with a packed lunch? Or get your son to do some special low-carb baking and tell her how much he is looking forward to sharing his treats with her? As parents, we want to do the best for our children, and if others around us do not understand (yet), they may one day understand or learn to accept your choices. Why not join my Low-Carb Lunch Box Hacks group where we chat about all aspects or raising low-carb kids. 🙂 Big hugs to you. You are doing an amazing job.
I am in a similar boat as this woman, Sian, whose mother is at odds with her over what to feed her child. I live with my in-laws. My mother-in-law offers candy as a treat to my 2 year old son for everything. For giving her hugs, for letting her change his diaper... If he asks for candy or for a cookie she just gives it to him even if I am in the process of dishing up dinner and I have talked with her and my father-in-law about it (especially because my son has a genetic kidney disease and his diet is very important with regards to that) and she tells me she understands and then she gripes about it and complains about it to everyone behind my back and goes ahead and gives my son sweets, treats, white-rice... right in front of my face. (White rice is probably given more than even candy and cookies. My mother-in-law is Korean and has white rice with every meal and so she mixes rice with all of his meals that she feeds him, even eggs. She gives him seaweed and rice as a meal if he won't eat anything else, even when I am preparing food.) It is very difficult, even when I tell her what his doctors and dietitians said about what food he should and shouldn't eat. It scares me. I am exploring the keto diet because it is said to slow the production of kidney cysts and I know I will have to be extra careful ad really put my foot down. But I don't know what to do when I'm at work and she is home with him.
She is sadly slowly giving him chronic disease fuelled by sugar and processed food. Killing through kindness. Sadly it is how so many of us have been raised, to show love through food, especially sugar. Maybe you could show her this video. It is very visual showing how well-meaning and loving families are a huge part of the obesity crisis. Sugar here. Cakes there. Fries (or rice) with everything. She is obviously loving and well-meaning but at the end of the day, he is your child and you have to be his biggest advocate in life. Our children are everything, and so is their health. Chronic disease doesn't happen overnight, they occur from eating habits learned in childhood (and so she is setting him up for a life of extremely poor food habits) and from decades of eating inflammation-causing food with zero nutrition (cookies, candy, cakes, ice cream). My heart goes out to you. It's hard enough living in a world of ultra-processed food surrounding us wherever we go, let alone without the support of your loved ones. xxx
Read the literature yourself. Much of it is available for free online. The literature doesn't come down strongly in either side. As another poster said that site is biased for vegan diets. However, this site is biased for low carb diets. The only things the literature universally agrees on is to eat whole food, lots of vegetables, and no trans fats. The rest of it seems to depend on the person.
Hi Libby, I'm 100% behind you with raising up children low carb. I personally have been raised up on very high carb diet. I from Czech republic (but living permanently in NZ last 5 years) and our typical breakfast at home was a cake, some kind of porridge or cereal. For lunch it is normal to have a sweet meal too! For example dumplings with fruit and cream, pasta with sugar, poppy seeds and butter, sweet bread with custard and honestly this would be our lunch at school same days! We had normal meals too. But still pretty heavy on carbs.
So there is no surprise that I have 90% of my teeth filled with amalgam, and had always problems with skin ( acne, eczema, rosacea, liver spots). Somehow managed to stay skinny, probably due my physically demanding job and high amount of fiber in my diet. As I have followed the typical healthy diet most of my adult life (low fat, minimal meat, high fiber, alot vegetables, fruits and grains).
However this kind of diet kept me skinny but never solved my skin issues and made my candida problem lot worse.
I have done a lot of research on this especially since my daughter was born. As I wanted the best for her and avoid the problems I have had most of my life so far. And that brought me to High Fat Low Carb way of eating. I have been on this diet for about a month and half and feel that I have found my peace with food and my body. Although it will take probably at least a year to heal internally. My skin has already cleared and I don't feel hungry any more! Prior to that I had to eat every 2-3 hours otherwise I would have really bad cravings for sugary food.
Sorry for such a long comment!
Where i'm going with this is, I hope by now you get the picture that I am quite passionate about this subject especially for kids and eczema sufferers. And I would love to spread the message further, so more people can benefit from your work. Please contact me if you be interested in any collaboration. You have done so much awesome work on your website and I would love to help to spread the word around!
Look forward to your reply!
This looks like me writing this comment. 🙂 brought up in Czech Republic , now living in the UK for many years I can 100% relate to this. Also about to go try strictly high fed low carb and yep my 4 years old suffered with horrible eczema which I thankfully managed to clear through nutrition. The only things what bathers me now is the mouth full of amalgam! I do feel like nutrition freak who tries to convince people to look into their diet unfortunately this is not always easy. I am in in process to get certified as a nutritional therapist to see if people ( specially my family - my mum and sister suffers from migraine ) takes me finally seriously. Good luck in spreading the wise words about healthy nutrition!
Hi! I am new to this. My 9 years has Bern sufflering from eczema for 3 years. I would really much like to hear what u’ve done to help your kid since u sounds like you had a successful experience with it. Thanks a lot and happy new year!
I work in a small rural Pediatric clinic. I suggest your page to the parents of kids who have elevated insulin levels. We see this almost weekly.
Love the info you have and I am happy to share it with them!
Candi this is amazing. What a superb comment to read this morning. I am working on a kids book as we speak, so stay tuned. I'm hoping to release it within the next month. Thank you so much for taking the time to let men now about your clinic, what lucky kids to have someone like you to help them, and recognise high insulin needs to be seriously addressed. 🙂 Send them all my love.