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    My story of diabetes reversal

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    Eddie
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    My story of diabetes reversal

    Post by Eddie on Sun Aug 24 2014, 11:25

    Over six years ago, I self diagnosed as a type two diabetic, with a ten quid BG meter from the local chemist. I had been suffering the usual symptoms for months. Constant thirst, planning my life around looking for toilets while on the road. Blurred vision and constant tiredness were other well known symptoms. So, 26mmol on the BG meter, official confirmation 7 days later with and HbA1c test of nearly twelve. Dietary advice from my healthcare team eat starchy carbs with every meal and two metformin pills a day on the script. Sorted eh, no way. I dumped sugar and followed the diet plan, result average BG never better than 12. Having buried my Father, who died riddled with type two diabetes complications, two weeks after my diagnosis, I was looking to buy some more time before I went up the local crematorium chimney. Doing Ray Charles impersonations or playing the part of Long John Silver held no appeal, so I had a Google around. Jeez what an eye opener.

    I found the diet I had been recommended was so far away from right, my healthcare team might as well recommended I take up a crack cocaine habit. I am suffering from a chronic disease with an inability to process carbohydrates and I am told to base my meals on them. Were they trying to kill me ? Had I met my diabetes nurse in another life, and left her for a younger woman ? No, almost everyone gets the same idiotic advice. OK I got lucky, I found a guy called Fergus Craig, a long term lowcarbing diabetic, he put me straight. Six days and virtually no carbs later, I was seeing 4’s and fives on my BG meter.

    Three months on, and HbA1c in the fives. My Doctor thought the changes were remarkable and was very interested, until I mentioned the three most hated and feared words in the diabetes professionals world, low carb diet. He went ashen and with a single leap, dived over his desk and attacked me with a fire extinguisher, and then tried to garrotte me with his stethoscope ! OK I jest, but I heard the words so many before and after me have heard, ‘if it works for you stick with it‘, end of appointment. Some time after that session I was having some blood tests done at the surgery, and a phlebotomist said to me, looking at my numbers on her computer, these numbers are amazing, have you told your healthcare team how you achieved them ? She was a lovely lady, so I just said yes.

    At this time I decided to join the lowcarb Hezbollah. I teamed up with a few other people and we set up a website and some blogs. What we have achieved controlling our diabetes blows the NHS, DUK and ADA etc. into the weeds. The great thing is, none of us are special and anyone can achieve good control over their diabetes and weight where necessary, but you have to put in some effort. You have to drop the carbs and refined factory produced junk, you may even have to get off your butt. But think about this, you could become medication free (type two’s only) you could take control of your health, you could become independent and not become a slave to big pharma greed and multinational junk food outfits.

    Kind regards Eddie

    Warning if you have been holding very high blood glucose numbers, reduce your BG numbers and bring them down slowly over weeks or even months. This diet can reduce BG numbers from the twenties to non diabetic in days for some diabetics. This can cause serious eye damage that cannot be repaired. Remember this is not a race, take a little time to get it right. Also, if you are using powerful medication and a high carb diet, and reducing carbs drastically, quickly, your medication must be adjusted accordingly or serious hypo’s could occur. You must test, test and keep on testing until carb intake and med adjustment has levelled out.


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    Re: My story of diabetes reversal

    Post by mo1905 on Sun Aug 24 2014, 11:53

    Great post Eddie, simple message yet one that is still denied to the majority of newly diagnosed. It's not rocket science when you think about it is it ! Carbs and sugars raise you BG levels too high because your body has a problem dealing with them. Why then would you accept advice to carry on eating as normal ? That's why you went to see the doc in the first place.
    Wise words also to adapt diet gradually so the body can adjust without shocking it.


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    Re: My story of diabetes reversal

    Post by Andy12345 on Sun Aug 24 2014, 13:02

    "like" hehe good job mate Smile
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    Re: My story of diabetes reversal

    Post by Paul1976 on Sun Aug 24 2014, 15:53

    Great post Eddie and over 6 years now for you(plus many others) with non diabetic HbA1c levels which is what we're all striving for,no diabetic complications and no sign of the 'Scurvy,Osteoporosis,kidney stones and crippling constipation' that the naysayers reported would happen on a LCHF regime with their tactical scaremongering posts around the web!
    So folks if you're reading this and LCHF has been a salvation for you too and if you haven't done so already-Please post your good news and your story-you may just inspire a newbie to turn their life and health around! Smile

    Best wishes

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    Re: My story of diabetes reversal

    Post by aurelius_bell on Thu Jul 30 2015, 04:06

    HI, I am just wondering about the damage to eye if doing the LCHF too fast.
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    Re: My story of diabetes reversal

    Post by Paul1976 on Thu Jul 30 2015, 08:43

    aurelius_bell wrote:HI, I am just wondering about the damage to eye if doing the LCHF too fast.

    Hi!

    Welcome to the forum. Smile

    Before we can properly answer that it would be useful if you could let us know if you are a diabetic,what type of diabetic,how long you've been diagnosed,medication (If any) and what your current blood glucose levels are like.

    Warm regards

    Paul


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    Re: My story of diabetes reversal

    Post by yoly on Thu Jul 30 2015, 13:18

    Congratulations well done Eddie!
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    Re: My story of diabetes reversal

    Post by Jan1 on Thu Jul 30 2015, 13:24

    Paul1976 wrote:
    aurelius_bell wrote:HI, I am just wondering about the damage to eye if doing the LCHF too fast.

    Hi!

    Welcome to the forum. Smile

    Before we can properly answer that it would be useful if you could let us know if you are a diabetic,what type of diabetic,how long you've been diagnosed,medication (If any) and what your current blood glucose levels are like.

    Warm regards

    Paul

    To echo Paul ... Hi and welcome to the forum sunny

    Hope you can come back later to answer Paul's questions ...  Smile

    All the best Jan
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    Re: My story of diabetes reversal

    Post by graham64 on Thu Jul 30 2015, 23:01

    aurelius_bell wrote:HI, I am just wondering about the damage to eye if doing the LCHF too fast.

    Hi and welcome to the forum Smile

    As to your question yes a fast improvement in blood sugar levels can lead to a worsening of retinopathy, the best way is to bring them down slowly by reducing carbs over a period of weeks and that also helps to overcome LC flu.


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    Re: My story of diabetes reversal

    Post by RANDBURG on Sat Aug 01 2015, 14:08

    Thanks Eddie,
    Very interesting to hear your Story

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    Re: My story of diabetes reversal

    Post by aurelius_bell on Mon Aug 17 2015, 07:58

    Jan1 wrote:
    Paul1976 wrote:
    aurelius_bell wrote:HI, I am just wondering about the damage to eye if doing the LCHF too fast.

    Hi!

    Welcome to the forum. Smile

    Before we can properly answer that it would be useful if you could let us know if you are a diabetic,what type of diabetic,how long you've been diagnosed,medication (If any) and what your current blood glucose levels are like.

    Warm regards

    Paul

    To echo Paul ... Hi and welcome to the forum sunny

    Hope you can come back later to answer Paul's questions ...  Smile

    All the best Jan
    Hi All,
    thanks for being so concern and I am terrified of my condition.

    To answer Paul and all... I was on Atkin in 2004 but unfortunately reverted to usual eating habit and that was the killer ! I crave sugar so much that I BINGE heavily on it for years and development high glucose about 15mmol.

    I used atkin again and brought down to normal of 5.6mmol. BUt again I onlykept it up for about 1 month.
    Now three years later, Im 26 mmol!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I know LCHF works and I need to get back on it.....

    That's my story.....



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    Re: My story of diabetes reversal

    Post by aurelius_bell on Mon Aug 17 2015, 08:02

    graham64 wrote:
    aurelius_bell wrote:HI, I am just wondering about the damage to eye if doing the LCHF too fast.

    Hi and welcome to the forum Smile

    As to your question yes a fast improvement in blood sugar levels can lead to a worsening of retinopathy, the best way is to bring them down slowly by reducing carbs over a period of weeks and that also helps to overcome LC flu.

    THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY!

    I will do that...

    BTW ... IM TERRIFIED AND WAKES UP IN COLD SWEATS!~

    I've controlled it once before with atkin but was not able to maintain the lifestyle... Now it seems I have no choice! I took metformin and it's giving me bad side effect such as temper and rage.! And it only help to bring down my mmol to 14...not good enough.

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    Re: My story of diabetes reversal

    Post by Indy51 on Mon Aug 17 2015, 08:07

    aurelius_bell wrote:
    graham64 wrote:
    aurelius_bell wrote:HI, I am just wondering about the damage to eye if doing the LCHF too fast.

    Hi and welcome to the forum Smile

    As to your question yes a fast improvement in blood sugar levels can lead to a worsening of retinopathy, the best way is to bring them down slowly by reducing carbs over a period of weeks and that also helps to overcome LC flu.

    THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY!

    I will do that...

    BTW ...  IM TERRIFIED AND WAKES UP IN COLD SWEATS!~

    I've controlled it once before with atkin but was not able to maintain the lifestyle... Now it seems I have no choice! I took metformin and it's giving me bad side effect such as temper and rage.! And it only help to bring down my mmol to 14...not good enough.

    Hope you manage to get back on track and sort out your diabetes. I found using a variation of LCHF and intermittent fasting to be very helpful. I'd recommend you read the thread about Dr Fung and his fasting regimens:

    http://lowcarbdiabetic.forumotion.co.uk/t1152-fasting-a-history-dr-jason-fung?highlight=fung

    Also sanguine's topic about LCHF:

    http://lowcarbdiabetic.forumotion.co.uk/t1195-self-management-of-t2-my-first-year
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    Re: My story of diabetes reversal

    Post by chris c on Mon Aug 17 2015, 17:52

    FWIW the only time I've seen eye damage it was caused by a MASSIVE drop in BG involving insulin. One guy was hospitalised with a huge abcess and was put on antibiotics and insulin.

    When he got out he pretty much only ate chicken and broccoli and soon ditched the insulin as his BG dropped from astronomical to normal within days.

    In his case the eye damage was temporary. In other cases it wasn't but then again NOT dropping the BG may well have led to worse eye damage. Has anyone seen this occur without the use of insulin? Just curious.

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