Low-carb success for Diabetes

Diabetes Week is a great time to pay attention to the role diet plays in the management of Type 2 Diabetes. While low-carb diets are still seen by some doctors and diabetes educators as dangerous, most are coming around to a new way of thinking. Most treatments for Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) treat the symptoms rather than the cause. T2D is a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism, where the body does not efficiently respond to the blood glucose-lowering effects of insulin. It makes sense, then, that treatment would include reducing dietary carbohydrate intake. Here are a couple of lovely ladies who changed to a low-carb diet and have seen their Type 2 Diabetes dramatically improve.

Carina reversed her diagnosis of pre-diabetes without medication, and has lost 15kg so far.

I had been told by doctors on two occasions that I was pre-diabetic and things needed to change. However I did not take this seriously until the third time, in November 2016! The doctor informed me if I didn’t take my results seriously I would end up being diabetic and needing to be medicated. I did not want to go down that path. I explained my health problems to a weight loss coach and away we went from there. I knew from my past that low-carb eating worked for me. So in February it was off to the doctor again to see if I had managed to reverse my results from November. I am happy to say I did reverse my result and was back down to what they described as a healthy range for my blood sugar levels and was no longer in danger of becoming diabetic and taking medication for the rest of my life. I am still following my low-carb program and with the 15kg weight loss and still going! I know my health has benefited and that I need to ensure this is a total change of lifestyle to avoid these results again in the future.

Lynn lost 31kg, got off insulin medication, and reduced other diabetes medications.

I had been on insulin for 15 years and was having 35 units of Insulin in the morning and 28 units at night. I have lost 31 Kg and have been off Insulin for over 6 months and last month had my other diabetic meds cut back. I am also able to go for walks and play indoor bowls again. I feel great.
It’s important to work with your doctor if you’re making dietary change, especially if you take medication for Diabetes, so that both lifestyle and medical considerations complement each other. It’s the best of both worlds.
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