Few people in the low-carb/ketogenic community are more well-known than Professor Tim Noakes. He is a pioneer, a visionary, and a tireless advocate for the healthy lifestyle that comes from a ketogenic diet. Professor Noakes, though he is officially retired now, was a professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town in South Africa for about 40 years.
Professor Noakes is an avid marathon and ultra-marathon runner, and he is single-handedly responsible, in my opinion, for the incredible success of the low-carb lifestyle in South Africa, where it’s known as the Banting Diet.
He has been running marathons and ultra-marathons for many years, but that didn’t stop him from developing Type II Diabetes. He also wrote The Lore of Running several years ago, in which he advocated a high-carb diet for high performance.
But his personal illness led him to understand that a high-fat diet is much healthier than the high-carb diet.
Professor Noakes is an interesting case in the sense that his diabetes didn’t resolve when he began his Banting diet. Which just goes to prove that everyone is different and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. In order to keep his diabetes under control, and maintain a low-level of glucose, he began a regimen of Metformin, and it has helped him.