I've been thinking about my Type 1 diabetes and wondering what I could ever due to get off insulin or if I was ever caught in a situation where I couldn't get access to it or healthcare like say your average and ordinary Zombie Apocalypse. I know that carbs and protein elevate Blood Glucose levels but I'm not sure what fat does to it necessarily. I'm wondering how long I could go without insulin? If going on 100% fat diet could sustain me. I'm thinking if I could only eat coconut oil or lard. Something that would be easy to find in a broken down grocery store or something. Of course you could also find insulin but hey, just wondering.
So I did a little searching and found a write-up by "Ed" from The Survivalist Blog about the book Diabetes 911. It comes down having at least a 30 day supply and waiting for the Calvary. Beyond 90 days to 6 months the outlook is pretty bleak. There are herbal remedies but they can be difficult to supply adequate dosages and can have very serious side effects including death.
This seems like a funny/silly question, but I think you are smart to consider your options should something like the zombie-apocalypse actually occur. I just read this book link text about a similar situation. All of the pharmacies ran out of insulin (along with all other meds) and the diabetics eventually died off. The book, along with a concurrent massive power outage here on the West Coast, made me go out and buy outrageous amounts of emergency food and other zombie attack related supplies. You are smart to consider your alternatives to emergency food rations. I wouldn't know where to begin, aside from "go for the fat and protein" so I hope you get some serious advice.
Protein will NOT elevate blood glucose levels much if at all. Carbohydrates and sugars will. Fat also helps stabilize blood glucose levels. I have noticed a few Paleo people eat way too many carbohydrates and still have problems with their blood sugar levels. Cut the carbs and get rid of the blood sugar spikes. I eat a low carb version of Paleo because I deserve to be healthy. Cut the carbs and enjoy a healthier life. The American Diabetes Association says we deserve to eat what we want. Well, I deserve a better quality of health more than fulfilling some selfish desire for foods that cause my blood sugar to spike and crash. Why put myself in the position of dangerous health problems or death just to eat something that hurts me. I deserve better. If I have blood sugar problems then I need to eat according to help overcome that problem. Also, if you do eat something that causes blood sugar problems...STOP IT! and when blood sugar problems arise...use protein, not insulin, not carbs or sugars. It takes just about the same amount of time to bring blood sugar back up to good levels with a bite or fatty meat/fish as it does with anything else that would cause the next spike/crash. Meats will not do that. Get a carb counter booklet too and find out which vegetables are safest to eat. And enjoy a bite or two of fruit after having your fatty meats and then the vegetables. You will be healthier for it.
I don't think a human can live on an all fat diet. You can go without carbs but not without protein. Your body would struggle to keep you brain and vital organs alive by eventually cannibalizing your skeletal muscles (or other body parts it doesn't consider as important) to fulfill your vital organs' need for protein. Would this self-cannibalization trigger a need for insulin? I'm not sure. I guess the question is would this give you more time to find the needed insulin (or to get help in an survival situation) than other options such as not eating at all or only eating fat and protein.
The Allen Diet might work for a while, it included very few carbs, some protein and about 70% fat. It was also very low calorie. Many of his patients survived a while, from a few months to a few years. They became malnourished and very thin. You can read Allen's manual, complete with diet sheets online . http://www.archive.org/stream/cu31924104225283#page/n0/mode/2up
In a real 'appocalypse scenario; the Jewish ghetto during WW2 in Shanghai, Eva Saxyl and her husband found a better solution. They worked out how to successfully produce insulin from the pancreases of water buffalo http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2002/01/01/3495/evas-insulin/