How to Reverse Your Diabetes Type 2

Testing blood sugar

Are you diabetic, or are at risk for diabetes? Do you worry about your blood sugar? Then you’ve come to the right place.

The disease diabetes (any type) means that you have too much sugar in your blood. This page will show you how to best check this.

You can normalize your blood sugar naturally as needed – without pills, calorie counting or hunger. Many people have already done so. As a bonus a normalized blood sugar usually makes you healthier and thinner.

Table of Contents:

  1. A Disastrous Epidemic
  2. Is Your Blood Sugar Normal?
  3. Two Types of Diabetes
  4. Where Sugar in the Blood Comes From
  5. Normalize Your Blood Sugar
  6. Old Wisdom
  7. New Science
  8. A Tale of Two Meals
  9. Who Profits From Dangerously High Blood Sugar?
  10. Become Your Own Evidence
  11. More Education



A Disastrous Epidemic

What’s wrong? Why do more and more people become diabetic?

In the past, before our modern Western diet, diabetes was extremely rare. The disease is now becoming more and more common. Around the world, more and more people are becoming diabetic:

Statistics: WHO and IDF

Statistics: WHO and IDF

The number of people with diabetes is increasing incredibly rapidly and is heading towards 500 million. This is a world epidemic. Will someone in your family be affected next? Your mother, father, cousin, your child? Or you? Is perhaps your blood already too sweet?

Those affected by the most common form of diabetes (type 2) normally never regain their health. Instead, we take for granted that they’ll become a little sicker for every year that goes by. With time they need more and more drugs. Yet, sooner or later complications emerge. Blindness. Dialysis due to faulty kidneys. Dementia. Amputations. Death.

The diabetes epidemic causes inconceivable suffering. Fortunately there’s something that can be done. We just need to see through the mistake that has led to the explosion of disease – and correct it. This can normalize your blood sugar. Many have already succeeded in doing this.

If you already know that you are diabetic you can skip down to the section Where Sugar in the Blood Comes From.

Otherwise, let’s see if you’re at risk.


Is Your Blood Sugar Normal?

Here’s a crash course in diabetes and high blood sugar.



Common symptoms of diabetes:

  • Excessive thirst and an abnormally high urine production. This is because periodically the blood sugar is so high (above 15 mmol/l or 270 mg/dl) that it leaks out into the urine pulling fluid from the body, which increases thirst
  • A worsening vision is also common. All this sugar makes the lens in the eye swell and you will become more nearsighted
  • Fatigue
  • With diabetes type 1, you may inexplicably lose weight and your breath may smell of acetone (nail polish remover)

However, please note that with milder forms of diabetes you often don’t notice anything. Still, all the sugar in the blood may gradually damage your body.



Are you diabetic? If you don’t know already this is simple to test, in a few seconds. Either in your doctor’s office or with your own cheap blood glucose meter. Prick your finger and a drop of blood is all that’s needed:

  • A normal blood sugar level is up to 6 mmol/l (108 mg/dl) fasting, or up to 8.7 (156 mg/dl) after a meal
  • A marginally elevated blood sugar level may indicate prediabetes
  • Above 7.0 mmol/l (126 mg/dl) fasting, or 12.2 (220 mg/dl) after a meal, indicates that you are diabetic

You may also test your urine with urine test strips: Glucose in the urine usually indicates that you are diabetic.

Test, and you will know.


Two Types of Diabetes


What causes diabetes? There are two common forms:

Type 2

Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common form (around 90% of all cases) and the one which is increasing the most. It primarily affects overweight people in middle age or later. It isn’t uncommon that the affected person also has a high blood pressure and bad cholesterol numbers. Gestational diabetes is a temporary special case of type 2 diabetes.

In type 2 diabetes the body has an increasingly harder time to handle all the sugar in the blood. Large amounts of the blood sugar-lowering hormone insulin are produced, but it’s still not enough, as insulin sensitivity decreases. At the time of diagnosis type 2 diabetics usually have ten times more insulin in their bodies than normal. As a side effect, this insulin stores fat and causes weight gain, something that has often been in progress for many years before the disease was diagnosed.

Why do more and more people get type 2 diabetes today? You’ll know why when you are done reading this page. A clue: the disease was once in many languages called sugar disease.

More on type 2 diabetes

Type 1

Type 1 diabetes (juvenile-onset diabetes) primarily affects children and young adults. People who get type 1 diabetes are often of normal weight. In the months prior to being diagnosed they have usually lost weight inexplicably.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by death of most of the body’s insulin-producing cells (from an unknown cause). Severe deficiency in insulin causes high blood sugar and rapid weight loss.

Treatment primarily consists of administering the insulin you lack using a syringe. In addition, a diet that doesn’t raise blood sugar dramatically facilitates getting a stable and normal blood sugar.

More on Type 1 diabetes

Where Sugar in the Blood Comes From

The problem for diabetics is that the body has difficulty keeping blood sugar levels down. The blood turns too sweet. So where does sugar in the blood come from?

Sugar in the blood comes from the food that we eat. The foods that turn into different types of sugar as soon as they reach the stomach are called carbohydrates. This means sugar (as in soda, fruit juice, candy) and starch (as in bread, pasta, rice and potatoes).



The starch, in for example bread, is broken down to glucose in the stomach. When glucose enters the blood stream it’s called blood sugar.

The more carbohydrates we eat in a meal, the more sugar is absorbed into the blood stream. The more sugar that’s absorbed into the blood stream, the higher the blood sugar will be.

Reversed Dietary Guidelines

Dietary advice have in recent decades looked similar in all of the Western world. While more and more people have become diabetic, and while the affected have become sicker and sicker, they’ve been advised to eat the very foods that raise blood sugar.

Here’s a good example, the Swedish Plate Model for diabetics:


Which sections of the plate raise blood sugar? Well, those that contain carbohydrates (sugar and starch).

The bread and the potatoes consist of starch, the milk contains milk sugar and the fruit contains plain sugar:


Thus the food pictured above dramatically raises blood sugar. People with diabetes, who try to eat this way won’t normally become any healthier or thinner. On the contrary, they will usually need more and more medications and will become more and more obese as the years go by.

The advice above is hence not only illogical, but also works poorly. It completely lacks scientific support according to a Swedish expert investigation. On the contrary, in recent years similar carbohydrate-rich dietary advice has been shown to increase the risk of getting diabetes and worsen blood sugar levels long-term in people who are already diabetic. The advice doesn’t improve diabetics’ health in any other way either.

The only reason to continue to give this bad advice is the lingering fear of natural fat. If you’re going to avoid fat you need to eat more carbohydrates in order to get satiated. But in recent years the old theory about fat being dangerous has been proven incorrect and is today on its way out. Low-fat products are simply unnecessary. So this reason doesn’t hold up either.

Is there an alternative that will produce a better health and weight? Foods that don’t raise blood sugar?

Normalize Your Blood Sugar

What happens if you remove the blood sugar-raising foods? What’s left then?

For example this:

More and more diabetics in Sweden are choosing to eat foods that don’t raise blood sugar. Foods with fewer carbohydrates and a higher proportion of fat, LCHF foods.

They usually notice that starting with the first meal, their blood sugar improves. The need for medications, especially insulin, is dramatically reduced. Substantial weight loss usually follows. Finally, they usually feel a lot better, more alert and improve many health markers.

More and more doctors (I’m far from the only one) advise similarly with great results. More and more people question the old blood sugar-raising carbohydrate-rich advice, even in the media.

Since the Fall of 2011 the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare has recommended a low-carbohydrate diet with diabetes. There’s a big change in the air today and you do not have to wait.

Spectacular stories about new health:

Is it your turn now? By all means try: LCHF for Beginners

Old Wisdom

Do you think that the low-carbohydrate diet for diabetics is a new invention? It’s not. There’s long-time experience of the positive effects.

In the past, before we were afraid of fat and before there were modern drugs to lower blood sugar, the dietary advice was different from today’s. At that time diet was all that was available to help diabetics.

Here are pictures from a cookbook for diabetics from 1917. You can read the entire book for free online. Below is an image of pages 12-13, where there’s a summary on what diabetics should and should not eat.

Let’s start with what diabetics were not to eat a hundred years ago.

Strictly Forbidden Foods


The title of the page is “Foods Strictly Forbidden”. It starts with sugar and “Farinaceous Foods and Starches”, in other words flours and starches.  Examples follow:

  • Bread
  • Cookies
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Sweet drinks
  • etc.

These absolutely forbidden foods are now a part of the recommended diabetes-diet according to the Swedish Plate Model. These foods now take up the largest part of the diabetes-plate. This, while we get more and more diabetics, who need more and more drugs and get sicker and sicker. Hardly a coincidence.

Especially Valuable Foods


Here’s the list of recommended nutrient-dense diabetes foods: Butter, olive oil, cheese, meat, fish, eggs…

This sounds familiar. If we just add generous amounts of vegetables this will be LCHF-food. This is the advice I give my diabetic patients in my work as a family physician.

This is the advice that diabetics received a hundred years ago. Even in Sweden, with the high fat-Petrén diet that included fatty pork cuts, butter and green cabbage. And when diabetics start eating this way today the same thing happens as it did in the past. Their blood sugar improves dramatically from day one. Logically enough, as they avoid eating what raises blood sugar.

Most overweight people will then gradually lose a substantial amount of weight and will be able to do well with less medication.

So why don’t more people get the chance?

New Science

Today’s carbohydrate-rich dietary advice to diabetics is based on the old fear of naturally fatty foods. There are no quality studies showing that a carbohydrate-rich diet is beneficial.

Hence, when Swedish experts recently examined this they didn’t find any scientific evidence for today’s advice on a low-fat and whole grain-rich diet.

When it comes to stricter low-carbohydrate diets as LCHF there are so far only limited scientific studies. But the studies that have been done show that LCHF-like advice produces a better effect on blood sugar and weight than today’s low-fat advice.

Since then the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare published their guidelines for healthcare workers. They have become receptive to several options regarding diets for diabetics and now warmly recommend a low-carbohydrate diet as a first choice.

In addition, as early as 2008 the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare examined and approved advice on LCHF within the health care system. Advice on LCHF is, according to the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare’s review, in accordance with science and proven knowledge. In other words, certified health care workers, who give such advice (for example myself) can feel completely confident.

Even the American Diabetic Association (ADA) is, since 2008, approving advice on a low-carbohydrate diet for diabetics.

Studies on low-carbohydrate diets and diabetes

  1. Low-carbohydrate diet in type 2 diabetes: stable improvement of bodyweight and glycemic control during 44 months follow-up
  2. Short-term effects of severe dietary carbohydrate-restriction advice in Type 2 diabetes–a randomized controlled trial
  3. Long-term effects of a diet loosely restricting carbohydrates on HbA1c levels, BMI and tapering of sulfonylureas in type 2 diabetes: a 2-year follow-up study 
  4. The effect of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet versus a low-glycemic index diet on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus
  5. Comparative Study of the Effects of a 1-Year Dietary Intervention of a Low-Carbohydrate Diet Versus a Low-Fat Diet on Weight and Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes
  6. Effects of a Mediterranean-Style Diet on the Need for Antihyperglycemic Drug Therapy in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes


A Tale of Two Meals

How much is your blood sugar affected by the food you eat? Very much. Here’s an example of how significant the difference can be:


In the picture to the left a real LCHF-meal that I had a couple of years ago, when I measured my blood sugar. Beef fried in butter, vegetables fried in butter and a homemade béarnaise sauce (melted butter and egg yolk). Lots of fat, an ample amount of protein, but almost no carbohydrates.

In the picture to the right you can see the lunch that I was unbelievably served at the 11th International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm 2010. This is a major international conference for obesity doctors and scientists. The food contains almost exclusively energy from sugar and starches, things that are broken down to simple sugars in the stomach.

Let’s see what impact the two meals had on my blood sugar:


A blood glucose level between 4-6 mmol/l (≈70-100 mg/dl) is typical while fasting. It can then rise after a meal, depending on how much carbohydrate you eat.

As you can see, nothing happened to my blood sugar when I ate the LCHF-meal. Not really surprising. If you don’t eat many carbohydrates not much glucose will reach the blood stream, and consequently the blood glucose level will stay where it was.

As a contrast, the lunch at the obesity conference sent my blood glucose level through the roof, all the way up to 9.9 mmol/l (180 mg/dl), in just an hour. Full report here: Sugar shock! (Google translated from Swedish)

Want to do a similar test yourself? Order a simple blood glucose meter and test strips here.


Who Profits From a Dangerously High Blood Sugar?


Within the health care system diabetics are still often given advice on blood sugar-raising foods. It is not uncommon to receive nice, colored folders, like the Swedish one above. In this folder it’s stated that foods that raise blood sugar slowly are good for you. Examples of such foods are said to be fruit, rice, pasta, potatoes and bread!

Why is it good for diabetics to eat food that raises blood sugar? Who benefits from this? Who’s giving away all these free folders?

Typically, as in this case, it’s a pharmaceutical company that printed the folder. They sell drugs that lower blood glucose levels. And then they give away folders with dietary advice that raises blood sugar and makes diabetics need more drugs.

Pharmaceutical companies are making more money on providing dietary advice that makes diabetics sicker. This is not a conspiracy theory. It’s just simple market economics.

The advice on carbohydrate-rich foods, for example, may make a type 2-diabetic require initiation of treatment with insulin injections. One single year’s insulin-consumption may easily cost $2000 or more. Multiply this number by the 366 million diagnosed diabetics worldwide and you will see the enormous economical interests in this.


Become Your Own Evidence

More and more people no longer trust propaganda from the pharmaceutical industry or poorly updated experts. They’re taking command of their own health. There’s a big change underway that can lead to a healthier future for very many people.

Are you confused and don’t know what to think? That’s OK. There’s a simple way to find out what effect a low-carbohydrate diet has on you.

Try it. Try it yourself for a few weeks and monitor the effect. Here are some examples of what you can expect:

Take command of your own health and test for yourself:

LCHF for Beginners


More Education

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Start the Journey

Please follow the links in the text above for more education in the areas that interest you. Or read the summarizing main page Towards A Healthier Future.

Below, please find a more extensive course.

The Food Revolution Presentation

This is a 45 minute video of my presentation from the AHS conference in Los Angeles, #AHS11. Free!

More on Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Do you want to learn more about good treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including which medications to use if needed? Please see further reading:

How to Cure Type 2 Diabetes

Is it possible to cure type 2 diabetes? Doctor Jay Wortman, M.D., knows more about this than most people. He developed type 2 diabetes himself ten years ago, but after a simple dietary change he’s still completely symptom free, with no medication.

Jay Wortman also did a spectacular study on native Canadians. When they went back to eating traditional foods their western disease went away.

Above is a 25 minute interview I did with Dr. Wortman.


Dr. Wortman’s website and blog

My Big Fat Dietary Documentary on YouTube



More from the Diet Doctor

Selected blog posts on diabetes from the last few years:

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The goal is of course a top ranking in the search for the word “diabetes”. This would lead to many new diabetics finding this page. 

Suggestions for improving this page are most welcome!

If you want, get involved in your local diabetes association and make a difference.

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  1. 1 comment removed
  2. Glenda
    We have a very active forum following the protocol of Dr. Jason Fung. You don't have to be T2 to contribute your knowledge and experience and everybody is very supportive. Of course, the forum is free: http://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=461563&page=1

    Stop by.

  3. nick
    If you want to read other review about diabetes, healthy care.. visit our blog http://hoytsmediaroom.com/category/diabetes/
    thank you
  4. DawnMarie
    Hi, I can only say my experience since I am not a doctor. I had the same problem with kidney being damaged by lithium and went on depakote (lithium is toxic to kidneys and the levels went from level 3 about 50ish back up to about 80. No problems. My kidney specialist recommended I drink 3 liters of good filtered water which is very good for kidney health. I also had a car accident and then a TIA a month later which caused my kidney function to plummet again due to lots of inflammation and dehydriation from wreck trauma...down to 36 and also increased cholesterol severely and newly diagnosed as a pre-diabetic. I was put on baby aspirin and lipitor (20 mg-now 10mg) and went on a LCHF diet (including coconut oil), drinking lots of water, walk daily, and lost 30 lbs. I am now 115, KF increased back to 70's, A1C is about 5.5, cholesterol is excellent. I eat mainly salmon and organic eggs, little chicken, and beef, and lots of almonds. I eat 3 eggs day, 3 oz meat and 1- 2 T almond butter on Ziekiah bread twice a day. This diet has been great and I feel great! Be sure to test kidney function as a non-fasting blood test also. May God bless you!!
  5. Sneha Gupta
    Visit below the link for home remedies for diabetes treatment, where you can find the procedure generally used for control glucose level. https://diabeteshomecare.wordpress.com/
  6. Trenton
    Im a type 1 diabetic. I do everything my doctor says, and my blood sugars and a1c are still high please help me
    Reply: #107
  7. Trenton, your doctor may be giving you bad advice. What are you currently doing to keep your blood sugars stable? You can also ask Dr. Andreas your personal questions here: http://www.dietdoctor.com/member/ask-diet-doctor
  8. Cindy
    I'd love to eat lower carb but I've been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. They have me on a 2000 calorie lower carb diet, but I find some of the things they're suggesting (like 1c of milk with 1 egg, butter and 1 slice of whole grain toast) spikes my blood sugar as high as 11.5mmol/L after 2 hours. I know I must have some carbs for the baby, and to prevent ketones from spilling into my urine. What would be good (lower) carbs for pregnant women?
    I also might add I have the hardest time getting my fasting sugars under control. Usually have a snack before bed of "free vegetables" with 1/4 c of hummus. The lowest morning fast I got was 8.3mmol/L. How can I bring this number down?

    Many thanks!!

    Replies: #118, #119
  9. Meg
    Hi All
    I have type 2 diabetes. I have been on HFLC diet for 2 weeks and have lost 4kilos. The problem is that my BS levels don't go any lower then 8 and no higher then 12.I take 1500 metformin daily. I have done the diet strictly thus the weight loss. Worried about sugar levels. Any advise?? Many thanks.😊
    Reply: #111
  10. Kris
    I was diagnosed with type II 2 years ago. I went through a number of meds starting with metformin, then januvia and trajenta and finally I was put on glipizide and have been on it for about 1 1/2 years. The metformin, januvia and trajenta all have side effects that made it really hard to function. Since the glipizide I have put on a bunch of weight and my a1c etc has gone up each time blood work has been done. I have been toying with the HFLC diet for a while and recently started. Question 1: should I keep taking the glipizide for a while? Question 2: What about the use of Erythritol and other sugar alcohols? When looking at Keto and Paleo based recipes for ideas they are often used, and everything I have read so far says these carbs don't count... but I wonder now.
  11. Meg, to be sure to get your question answered, I suggest you ask Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, Dr. Jason Fung, or Dr. Michael Fox directly on the membership site (try for free for 30 days).
  12. Hazel
    Cheryl, about the fasting glucose spikes, maybe have insulin level tested? I found that in an article by Dr. Fung.
  13. Sam
    You cannot cure diabetes. The best you can hope for is remission but even that will go away eventually. This website is misleading. If you have diabetes please associate yourself with the American Diabetes Association and not some pay website.
    Replies: #114, #121
  14. Dr Fung and Dr Eenfeldt "offers" a solution where people with diabetes can reverse the symptoms of the disease without medication. ADA "offers" just a suboptimal administration of the disease.
  15. Parthasarathy
    I am a vegetarianand also live in India. Can you give me vegetarian lunch/dinner menu for me? The vegetables etc. must be available in India. Usually vegetables etc available in USA are mentioned in your columns. That is why I want those food stuffs available in India. Probably some of the followers of LCHF may be in India and they will be able to guide me.


    Reply: #116
  16. Parthasarathy, we don't currently have a lot of Indian recipes. If you have some good ideas about how we could get this done, let us know.

    Bjarte - Team Diet Doctor

  17. Matt
    Thanks diet doctor!

    I fully agree that a low carb diet is THE way forward to help blood sugar levels - and just be healthier - even after 2 weeks I feel fitter, have more energy and better concentration. It is the easiest way to lose weight too - it just falls off!!

    I also have found that taking diabetes formula supplements (Google this: "Ceylon Cinnamon and Chromium GTF Capsules") really helps keep my blood sugar levels down - without having to use harmful metformin or insulin shots. Controlling diabetes through NUTRITION is the key...

    Thanks again for all this FREE info!!

  18. Luz
    Hi Cindy,
    You could still eat scrambled egg for breakfast on a low carb diet. You could use cream instead of milk, and substitute a buttered seed crisp bread ( great recipe on this site) for the wholemeal toast. This will reduce the carbs of this breakfast menu.
    You may find also that you don't need to have a snack at bedtime.

    I'd love to eat lower carb but I've been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. They have me on a 2000 calorie lower carb diet, but I find some of the things they're suggesting (like 1c of milk with 1 egg, butter and 1 slice of whole grain toast) spikes my blood sugar as high as 11.5mmol/L after 2 hours. I know I must have some carbs for the baby, and to prevent ketones from spilling into my urine. What would be good (lower) carbs for pregnant women?
    I also might add I have the hardest time getting my fasting sugars under control. Usually have a snack before bed of "free vegetables" with 1/4 c of hummus. The lowest morning fast I got was 8.3mmol/L. How can I bring this number down?
    Many thanks!!

  19. Renee D
    Hi Cindy,

    May I suggest
    1. starting your day eating 1/2 C cooked Steel cut oatmeal.
    2. Use braggs organic Apple Cider Vinegar 20-60 minutes before breakfast.
    Add 2 cap fulls to 1/4 C spring water and sweeten with 3-4 pinches SweetLeaf Stevia.
    I love it because it is also a appetite suppressant.
    Reply to me if it helps! God bless you...

  20. Adi
    Thanks you for this website which I have just encountered. I am very interested since I have had Type 2 diabetes for over 10 years. My diabetic nurse says to eat a balanced diet but just to eat less to reduce weight. I have not succeeded! I would like to try the method you recommend particularly since it seems to have helped many people. However, I have some concerns at eating lots of proteins and fat.

    Above you make the comment "Even the American Diabetic Association (ADA) is, since 2008, approving advice on a low-carbohydrate diet for diabetics."

    I have looked at Table 3 in their document and see the following

    "Fat and cholesterol in diabetes management
    ● Limit saturated fat to 7% of total calories. (A)
    ● Intake of trans fat should be minimized. (E)
    ● In individuals with diabetes, lower dietary cholesterol to 200 mg/day. (E)
    ● Two or more servings of fish per week (with the exception of commercially fried fish filets) provide n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids
    and are recommended. (B)
    Protein in diabetes management
    ● For individuals with diabetes and normal renal function, there is insufficient evidence to suggest that usual protein intake (15–20% of
    energy) should be modified. (E)
    ● In individuals with type 2 diabetes, ingested protein can increase insulin response without increasing plasma glucose concentrations.
    Therefore, protein should not be used to treat acute or prevent nighttime hypoglycemia. (A)

    High-protein diets are not recommended as a method for weight loss at this time. The long-term effects of protein intake 20% of calories on diabetes management and its complications are unknown. Although such diets may produce short-term weight loss and improved glycemia, it has not been established that these benefits are maintained long term, and long-term effects on kidney function for persons with diabetes are unknown. (E)"

    This seems somewhat at odds with the recommendation you make to eat as much you like of LCFH foods (for example less than 36 eggs per day). Do you make specific guidance in line with the ADA and if not, why not? Many thanks!

  21. Victor
    Remission can be long-term and can also be permanent. That is for all practical purposes a cure. ADA offers lifelong maintenance of diabetes medications by balancing medicine against diet - and they intentionally set your diet to have a specific and relatively high percentage of carbs (last time I checked it was about 50% of calories). Which is better? Restricting foods to those that keep blood sugar under control and reduce obesity and heart disease, or facing a lifetime of continuing on diabetes medications?
  22. Annety
    I am type 2 diabetes since 2009. after reading through every thing I hope to start my LCFH diet tomorrow and see how far I will go, am currently on 500mg metformin and 5mg dalnil twice a day.
  23. Joy
    I have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes but decided to change my diet completely so I started the ketogenic diet all I can say is that I've been on it 2 weeks have lost weight and my blood pressure is now normal my sugar readings have gone right down but I had to fight the doctor not to put me on meteor in she listened and gave me a chance she is so pleased with my results ... Only you can decide what you put on your mouth to eat so take control and make it low carb no sugar it's the only healthy diet for all!!
  24. Dave Bradley
    I was diagnosed T2 diabetic in January with a HBA1C which peaked at 77, (48 being the diabetic threshold). Metformin with an NHS recommended low GI diet, had a marginal and erratic effect. On April 7th I started a Low Carb High Fat diet. The diabetologist said that if I hadn't started the diet he would have wanted to put me on gliclazide as the metformin clearly wasn't working. He was curious to see whether the diet would work. My GP didn't think it would as, in his opinion, a HBA1C of 77 could not be brought below 48 on diet alone. Well, I proved him wrong by getting it down to 46.5. It's very satisfying to be healthy and in control. The lack of control when on metformin was worrying. The diet is rigorous and you have to be prepared for the psychological challenge of eating out. But it's better than being on gliclazide.
  25. Robert M. Schaefer
    In the spring of this year (2015) I began to feel very bad. No energy but more than that I began to lose my ability to walk. I could not even walk a few feet until about 11:00 in the morning and then i needed a cane to move around. Once up i could not stay up for more than an hour. After an hour my feet hurt so bad that I had to get my shoes off and sit down for the rest of the day. I thought it was my scoliosis finally catching up with me. I had MRI done and it showed problems with my back so I felt I had discovered the problem. Honestly, I thought I was soon to die. And I do mean literally suffer death. By chance I had a blood test and found out on September 10, 2015 that my fasting glucose was 225 and my A1C was 8.6. For a few days I was in denial but then I went to the internet to seek an answer. On 09/17/2015 I started a low carb diet. On November 18, 2015 I had another blood test. The fasting glucose was down to 135 and the A1C was 6.8 and I had lost 22 pounds of weight. Today is December 7, 2015 and I have now lost 30 pounds of weight. I will continue until my numbers are out of danger then I will increase my food intake but never enough or of a kind that puts me back into this condition again! I feel great. All symptoms are gone. I am amazed at how little food one needs and that you can cure yourself by sensible food choices.
  26. Robert
    I am very fit. 75 yo. Exercise at high level 3-5 times a week. Long distance bicycle, tennis and elliptical in winter. My weight is 135 lbs I am 5'6" tall. Have been on a vegetarian diet that would be described as "greens and beans" for over several years.
    I started pre diabetes about 5 years ago and it is getting worse. Now my A1c is 7.3 and they put me on metformin. My blood sugar is high in the morning and low mid afternoon.
    Is there a sub category of diabetic type 2 individuals who are very fit and not overweight that do not respond to the usual vegetarian diet as many overweight patients do? There appears to be something different going on here. Am I just more sensitive to the daily cup of beans (primary) and other carbs (squash and sweet potatoes once a week) I eat?
    I have noticed the high percentage of diabetes "cures" after gastric surgery. And, the relative starvation theory makes sense to me.
    I am interested in what you have to say, and will give this course of treatment (that goes against everything I have been taught) a good try. It certainly is not more extreme than drugs to kick-start my liver etc. leading to insulin and it's many undesirable side effects with the added prospect of only more potent drugs.

    It seems to me that medicine is in a very primitive state in that we have identified many compounds that either slow down or speed up processes in our organs and bodies. Our understanding of what happens in disease on the cellular level is poorly understood. Treatment of disease directed to the primary cause of the disease on the cellular level is yet to come. In this sense, perhaps the "body" knows more than present day medicine. And, the theory of providing it with the environment to best allow it to cure itself has appeal.

  27. Tony
    Nice information, it's not always easy to find a comprehensive guide about type-2 diabetes, I found it in this post. And it's quite difficult to find information about eczema in people with diabetes. Therefore I have written about this issue in my health site http://www.healthclop.com/link-between-eczema-and-diabetes/


  28. R. sivakumar
    Unfortunately i was affected by this. I read and understood the information based on the problem. Thanks for the website.
  29. Debbe K.
    My issue is that I started out young with Hypoglycemia through my 30s and now am T2 Diabetic. Have been Low Carb but Intermittent Fasting is the only way to get my numbers down. Any time I approach normal range, my Hypoglycemic symptoms return (near fainting, cold sweat, etc.) I can only assume I have damaged Beta cells in Pancreas. My mother has had lifelong hypoglycemia. Being on our feet usually triggers it. It is very discouraging to find you just trade one condition for another. Any advice from you would be greatly appreciated.
  30. Andy
    All above is very good but where can I find a simple complete list of all the good foods to eat please help
  31. Azeem

    is it safe to eat LCHF if you have high cholesterol?


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  32. Hi,
    is it safe to eat LCHF if you have high cholesterol?

    Hi Azeem!

    I recommend you to read this article. :)


  33. Chin
    Hi, I am so excited to join the group.

    So, I am taking 500 mg of Metformin and 80 mg of Glycazide twice daily. I might have low blood glucose when I start LCHF diet.

    1. How frequent should I check my blood sugar?
    2. How do I titrate the dosage of my medication?
    3. How frequent should I visit my physician?

    Thank you!

  34. Fay
    Professor Charles Mobbs did some research on mice back in 2011 and found that a ketogenic low carb diet reversed kidney disease.

    Here's the BBC news story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13134292
    If you Google Charles Mobbs you'll find him on Youtube and on Jimmy Moore's LivingLaVidaLowCarb podcast as well as the published medical research papers.

  35. Fay
    'If you want, get involved in your local diabetes association and make a difference'.. I want to BUT I know that Diabetes UK is pro-NHS Eat Well Plate and the advice will be to eat plenty of starchy carbs. I get enough flak from HCPs for eating LCHF and I just don't need it from other people with diabetes too.
  36. Daniel
    Fay maybe you start your own meetup group.
  37. Mariane
    My father in law was admitted a few days ago to the hospital because he needs a blood transfusion. The first day in the hospital they gave him 3 bottles of Ensure and Pudding. Seriously! The next day they were wondering why his blood sugar was so high. Today they gave him a pill to bring down his sugar and the diabetes care people are talking to him. My sister in law is a nurse and so will not accept the fact that high sugar in his blood is all diet related. She thinks that is only part of it. It seems like people in the medical field are the hardest to convince.
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  39. satish
    I been a diabetes for 20 years on metformin and jonavia. had a heart attack last year. I was put on insulin and my hba1c was down to 6.8. after removing my insulin my hba1c was 7.5 which i was happy, because my last 10 years has average between 9 to 11. I took up the LCHF challenged and stop taking the insulin and it work. I lost 6 kg in two weeks and my morning before breakfast is as low between 5 to 7. I dont feel so hungry with the LCHF diet. But i seem to hit a wall, as i cant seem to loose more weight as i am trying to bring my BMI to 19.5. I am currently Bmi of 21.5 . I am also trying to see how i can have the blood level at 5 in the morning but cant seem to achieved that . Has anyone succeeded or have any better ideas to reduce weight and reverse diabetes to normal.?
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  41. Peter Brown
    I am fit, eat very well, vegetarian etc. I was diagnosed 4 years ago with Type 2 diabetes. My doctor said I was unlucky. I ate grains, legumes, vegetables, whole wheat products, low GI foods, soy products, dairy, eggs, nuts etc. I started reading about skinny diabetes. Then I went to the University of Newcastle website where they did the starvation diet. They have done a lot more work now. The medical research team using new MRI equipment have discovered the cause and means to reverse Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes they have found is caused by the liver and pancreas filling up with too much fat. They do not know why some people's liver and pancreas fills up with fat faster than others. But once filled up insulin is no longer produced in sufficient quantities to lower blood glucose. It is as simple as that. The starvation diet rids the pancreas and liver of the fat. It takes a maximum of 8 weeks but some have done it in less than 2 weeks. Then normal insulin secretion begins again. A low carb diet stops too many carbs entering the body and so there are no blood sugar spikes. But a low carb diet does not rid the pancreas and liver of fat. If you wanted to go on a low carb diet you should get rid of the fat in the pancreas and liver first. Some references for you if you are interested. http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/uk-doc-type-2-often-curable/

    By the way I am on day 26 of the starvation diet. My blood glucose levels have returned to normal. They are now between 4 and 6 (fasting) and always under 7.8 two hours after a meal. I weighed 73 kg at the start. I now weigh 66 kg. I feel great and have a lot of energy. I exercise for 1 hour a day. I am not hungry and I don't feel like snacks. I eat one 200 calorie choc shake with water and two tablespoons of psyllium fibre for breakfast. For lunch I have a big salad with apple cider vinegar and herbs and for dinner I have steamed vegetables. As I was already a vegetarian I have not found it hard. You don't have any thing other than this. No dairy, grains, legumes, meat, fish, eggs, fruit.
    Kind regards

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  43. Sam Salleh
    Do you know Singapore has the 2nd highest proportion of diabetics?
    Read the article for more information.
  44. lovina
    Fenfuro is the best ayurvedic medicine for diabetes, which manage diabetes naturally, a chemically proven and US patented medicine.
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