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


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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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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. Zepp
    Its the Dawn phenomenon.. a part of ones cirkadian cycle.


    Its related to insulin resistance and cortisol awakening response.


    After a time and less IR it should be better.

    One thing to think about is that if one take medication for that high glucose levels, in many case more cortisol is excretetd and one get a fluctuation glucose level for some time.

    Reply: #52
  2. Jeff
    So, you're suggesting to stop the medication and let LCHF do its work? I am suggesting that too but I am afraid of the consequences if it suddeny shoots up.
    Reply: #53
  3. Zepp
    Noe I dont suggest anything about medication.. becuse im no doctor!

    Just giving some information, that could be usefull.

    Some take metformin to stop to much glycogenolysis.

    Others take a brisk walk early in the morning, others eat something to signaling that the morning is gone.. hey aim awake!

    Its probably btter to have one spike a day then high glucose levels all day long?

    Google around and find others that got the same problem and find out what they have done about it.

    Reply: #54
  4. Jeff
    Ok thanks. Much appreciated.
    Reply: #55
  5. Zepp
    I altso often have a slightly higher glucose levels in the morning and im not diabetic.. moste people have it.

    Its a normal thing.. its IR thats not normal.

    I can have 110 (6) in the morning.. but thats only for a short time.

    And then I have taken A1c and that is 5 (30).. so that spike isnt doing anything.

  6. Cheryl
    I've been eating LCHF diet for about two months now. Was borderline diabetic (fasting glucose of 102-115) for most of my adult life. Doctor has prescribed metformin which I have taken for about 3 years now, and still I was not able to have lower than 100 prior to this diet. After starting LCHF, very quickly my fasting blood sugar settled into the normal range of 80-95, both fasting and during the day.

    Now, all of a sudden, fasting glucose tests show over a hundred again, and over a hundred throughout the day, sometimes up to 120.. diet has not changed, no starches, no sugars, even vegetables are kept to minimum. What happened? Any ideas?? I am afraid I may be producing even less insulin? What else might be the cause, and is there anything I can do to correct it?

    Reply: #57
  7. Zepp
    What A1c do you have?

    Are you sure its T2?

    Are you still on Metformin?

    Do you have any infections?

    Its either less insulin secretion or higher gluconeogens/glycogenolysis.

  8. Cheryl
    Hi Zepp. It may have been a 'bump in the road' as fasting blood now back to between 80-95. I have just stopped Metformin last few days and getting fasting # in the low 80's. I do have mild autoimmune disease, which manifests rarely, but possibly was a factor. A1c was tested , I got results 2 days ago and it was 5.3! which is fantastic, as in U.S. <5.7 for A1c is 'consistent with the absence of diabetes." Will look up the gluco and glyco's you mention for further info. Ty! :)
    Reply: #59
  9. Zepp
    Its qiute normal to have a variation.. its only becuse we do measure that we get upset by the result.

    There are several bumps in the road in a year.. but I think that if A1c is good.. its what life do to us!

    Glukoneogenesis is your liver making glucose if in shortige.

    Glycogenolysis is similar but then it relese some of the stored glycogen as glucose from your liver.

    Both is normal and a tool for stable glucose levels.

    Metformin interact in both those by reducing them.. best outcome is for those that got overactive glucose making.

  10. Bhupender
    I was diagnosed with diabetes about 2 years ago , and still after medication my sugar levels would be in the 150-300 range including fasting and pp . I was fed up I changed my doctor and he suggested diet and new medication , the levels came down to 100-250 ,after about 1 month I started surfing the net for answers , I saw your website and the part where you tell that pharmaceutical companies were invariably encouraging to eat starchy foods was spot on . I started your LCHF diet and in 2 weeks my levels were in the 90-130 range , my doctor was astonished , my medication has been reduced and if this goes on which I believe it will I might become medication free , all thanks to your great initiative , thanks a million .
    Reply: #61
  11. Zepp
    Yeah.. complex starch and "no sugar", is what healty people should eat.. if they eat carbs!

    I.E:.. they should eat real food and only occasionaly have a sweet treat.. if they like to be healty.

  12. msmi

    I started LCHF about 10 weeks ago. The results have been fantastic!!
    My cardiologist is pleased. My A1C is down to 6.2 from 8.6. My cholesterol levels are also down. I have lost about 25 pounds.

    My only issue right now is that my ketone levels at bedtime are around 4 which indicates starvation ketosis. I am assuming that it is a lack of food. i am 286 pounds and consume 1500 calories per day with no exercise. I eat less than 10gms of carbs entirely from vegetables, around 100gms of protein from fish, lamb or chicken and about 1000 calories from butter, olive oil and recently coconut oil. i drink only water with 1 cup of black coffee per day. No snacks or anything else. I also avoid all dairy, cream & cheese due to blood sugar issues.

    I am now attempting to raise it to 2000 calories. Is there anything else I can do to bring my ketone levels back to 3 as I do not want to stress my body out.


    Reply: #63
  13. Zepp
    Yes, I think you get a good grip of the issue.. and know that how to make the best adjustments!

    I think that now that your insulin drops, your ketosis runs wild.. its a good idee to make a slower weightloss.

    First one lose a lot of water altso.. perticaly if one is have hyperinsulinemia att the start.

    But 1500 Kcal is quite lite for a person at 286 pounds.

    The best approche is to regain a normal apetite.. that is that one have a normalised metabolism and then suddenly one feel hunger and to stop eating when enough!

    I recomend that you tryes to go more for regaining normal apetite signaling, cutting out the old ones that probably was more about hyperinsulinemia and a derangleld metabolism/hyperglycemia!

  14. msmi
    Thanks for the advice Zepp. Much appreciated!!
  15. Elizabeth SHEn

    My mum has type 2 diabetes for more 30 years, I let her watch your interviews and I translated them into Chinese to my Mum. She starts low carb diet 2 weeks ago,her sugar level drop 3.90 or 4.20 or 4.60 before breakfast with her medication and insulin while she was in hospital, duo to her toe problem, she was out of hospital 6 days ago, sugar level is so low, I decided to reduce her medication to none and no insulin as well for 2 days, on the third day, her sugar just a little higher, my mum and I decided to have one shot insulin last night. I have been talking to a diabetes doctor, I told her that my mum is on low carb diet, and she told my mum and me that that will be very bad for her health if she stops eating bread and rice, that is the reason why that I decide not to talk to her doctor from hospital and not to give mum any pills and insulin. I am not a doctor and my mum is 80 years Chinese lady who does not speak any English at all. My mum is very happy for me to have low carb diet for her now, duo to the fact one of her toe tissue dead, black colour. Ofter I get my mum to watch your interviews about diabetes. So From today, I am going to get her to stop any medication and insulin for 30 days, just low carb diet, to see what it is going to happen? Regards, Elizabeth from Melbourne Australia

    Reply: #67
  16. Edward Hutchinson
    All the suggestions Diet Doctor makes to reverse diabetes also help brain function.
    If we look at this protocol to reverse Alzheimer's
    Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program
    We see those suggestions fit in with the ideas you are using to help you mum.
  17. Zepp
    Measure here glucose levels often and have a pack of dextrose at hand if she feels hypoglycemic!

    One often cut out meal insulin at first, keeping small doses of long lasting insulin to check how it works.

    To doctors one says ketogenic diets, its the same cure as for epilepsy!

    One can altso get a glucose meter that altso measure keton bodies.

    Then one have two parameters to check for understanding whats happen.

    And if you see a doctor again at hospital one can ask for a C-peptide test, it say how much insulin she excret by her self.

    Diabetes typ 2 is typical to much insulin.. its cald hyperinsulinemia.. but after a long time the pancreas can get damaged at dont provide enough, perticaly if one eats a lot of carbs.

    She is old and probaly have this condition for years.. as the pereferial damage indicate.

    Soo its crusial to know how much insulin she is able to excret.


  18. Terri W.
    Is there such a thing as a fasting blood sugar that is too low? How low is too low? I'm transitioning into a LCHF diet using a blood glucose monitor to check my blood sugar level. Is there any concern for going too low in blood sugar and does it matter if I'm fueling my body on healthy fats?

    This site is very well done and I'm feeling more and more confident that I am going in the right direction for my health. My 'seizures' are gone! They were a type of migraine that I was having every 3 weeks. Not anymore! Yay!

    I've had 2 different cancers: ocular melanoma and breast cancer. Neither of them related. One was treated with radiation only, the other with chemo and radiation. So far, so good. But I want to make sure that I don't develop any other cancers. Taking out the starches and sugars is the right thing to do and it wasn't even that difficult with all the Keto info out there for support.

    Thank you for your efforts. It's exciting to be on the wave!

    Reply: #69
  19. Zepp
    Yes there is, its cald hypoglycemia.. its most comon among diabetics.

    If you feel symptomes of hypoglycemia and measure glucose levels that are low.. 3,0 or less then take some dextrose, or other fast acting carbs.

    But if you not feeling symptomes and measure low levels there are no need to take any carbs.

    Normal range is 4-6 (72-110?) in a fasting state whit different person whith different situations!


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  21. Jeff K.
    As a type 2 diabetic, I learned from experience that a LCHF diet is very beneficial and it's the main thing I use to control by blood sugar, along with a little Metformin. I don't know why this seems to be such a mystery with some people, some doctors included. My doctor put me on insulin at one time, and it didn't do anything, so I stopped taking it and started a LCHF diet. When I went back to my doctor and he checked my a1c, he was astounded. My sugar was normal and I had lost some weight. I can't understand why doctors aren't pressing a low carb diet for diabetics. It's beyond me.
  22. bigfatketogirl
    Any advice would be welcome. I am not diabetic. My mother turned T2 at 55. I have ben obese all my life. I have been HFLC for 6 years. I am still over weight, although I lost weight initially (de-flated) but have had metabolic syndrome all my life (I am 32yo) and am very similar to my mother (same shape, but my mother is very obese) . I aim to be keto (Jimmy Moore style) with low-moderate protein and high fat. I only eat once or twice a day. Because I am not eating much carbs (just veggies and a few berries or a little carb in pre-made sausage meat for example) my blood sugar is always around 5mml throughout the day. If I eat early and then don't eat throughout the day my blood sugar is only around 4.7 at night, so fasting during the day works... But I always get high blood sugars every morning. It used to be 5.8mml or 5.9mml in the morning but now it has got worse. Latest readings each morning are 6.9 and 6.7mml. I am worried about it. It seems to be this morning effect. I thought being keto would help, but every morning my high blood sugar seems to through me out of ketosis and so my blood ketone monitor says 0.4 or less every morning when my blood sugar is 6+. I tried eating high fat before going to bed, but it seems to give me pounding heart in the middle of the night. I tried eating carb before bedtime, no pounding heart in the middle of the night but it does not stop the morning effect. I think it is my liver because one time I got absolutely loaded (with alcohol) one night after eating nothing (I was trapped over at a friend's house with no suitable nibbles). It only took a few drinks and I was very drunk and retired to bed, the next morning I felt yukky but my blood sugar was perfect and there was no morning effect. Having just 1 glass of wine at night has no effect. It only works if I drink and drink on an empty stomach. I obviously can't get off my face every night but I think it proves it is my liver churning out too much sugar. But what to do. I tried metformin but it just gave me bad diarrhea to whole time I was taking it, and it didn't seem to stop the morning effect anyway as it was still 5.8mml but that was a couple of years ago anyway when I was getting 5.8 without taking metformin, but now it is always 6+ and usually towards 7. Thoughts or shared experiences would be welcome. Thanks
  23. Christina
    I have a question, I have done an OGTT test last week, today i have the result. fast: 86, one hour 108, 2 hour 74. Is it possible? How come so low number? actully i am prediabetic. Only strange is the glucose water,it is not sweet, a little bit lemon taste. maybe not enough Concentration (75g )? Thanks
  24. Al Merchant
    I am particularly New to this website.
    MY story is I am 42 Yo Male Asian (India), was diagnosed DM2 0n 19th Feb 2012 (RBS 368mg/dl/20MMol) and decided to change my lifestyle AND NO START ANY MEDS. By doing so I started eating very small portions (i am 188cms and 290Lbs) In a short span of 4 months with a reduced diet came to FBS of 90~95 and PPBS of 100~140.
    Also dropped 30Lbs. Slowly over a period of 2 years by end of 2014 I saw my PPBS rise to 12.2MMol and FBS between 6.7~7.8.
    On Jan 8 2015 I started on LCHF and totally removed CARBS. Whatever carbs I get are indirect from Veggies or Protein. I have not eaten any grains or cereals etc.
    MY typical diet is
    3/4 Eggs with a lot of butter(50~60gm) and Veggies Like capsicum made into an omlette.
    I drink 2 to 3 cups of Coffee (each about 60Ml)
    Dinner Typically is Any protein mixed with some Veggies and Butter(30/40g).
    SOmetimes I may drink a cup of Full Fat milk 200Ml of which half is 30% Full fat Cream.
    Occassionally I could munch on Nuts but again restricted to a max of 20Nuts(Almonds Pistachio or Cashewnuts or Walnuts) at the most.
    My sugar levels
    FBS between 100~110
    PPbs 96~107
    Random Between 96(at 6 In the Evening)~110 (At 11pm)
    I walk 30/40 Mins daily.
    I had burning in the soles of my feet (since feb 2012)which disappeared and is slowly making a come back.
    I do not know what to do now?
    I look at the burning in my soles as diabetes making inroads into my body.
    Overall My health parameters have improved, I feel full of vitality and energy, There are no dull aches pains anywhere in my body(which I read as No inflammations). When my sugars were high I felt a Buzz after every meal. This is gone. I felt as If I was more anxious and easily irritable when Sugars were always above 7.2MMol, Now, I also look more fit and youthful and Seem likely to lose weight too. SInce I read on this website I need not worry for weight YES my body seems to be shrinking. :O)

    At the back of my mind are these questions.
    1. How Long can I be on this kind of diet?
    Ans: All MY life?
    Ans: I can take a break once a week and fall back
    Ans: Follow this pattern all my life.
    2. What can be the Long term effects of this diet('O' CarbHigh Fat) on my health.
    Will A High Fat diet not affect other parameters Like Cholestrol, Uric Acid,etc
    3. I eat No fruits. I take VIT D, B Complex, Omega 3, Vit C. (These are the only PILLS I eat)
    Will I suffer from any form of Malnutrition considering I am omitting a common source
    4. What kind of tests should I do to keep a constant watch on my parameters
    5. What is happening inside my Body by this Diet. YES SUgars are largely controlled its not at the compromise of some other organ system?
    6. Why is my FBS rising? and not lowering?
    Thanks In advance
    Sorry for this rather Lengthy COmment.
    Any Help is greatly appreciated

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  26. Joy
    Is this safe for people diagnosed with "chronic kidney insufficiency"? I realize it's crucial to normalize blood sugar levels to protect the kidneys. They think long-term lithium use
    damaged my kidneys (but they have been proven wrong about many other health issues).
    It's possible I needed lithium due to some other undiagnosed nutritional deficiency or
    imbalance.....now they want me to go off lithium (which at the time I started helped me
    and it's not easy going off it).....
  27. Philip
    Hi Dr. Eenfeldt, I'm Dr. Soto from Costa Rica, Central America, and I've been working with this amazing aproach (http://www.tangngan.net/) to Diabetes even for myself (it happened the same way to me as Dr. Jay Worthman!!!), and for my patients, and I can say proudly that it works. But for the traditional educational way of how we were taught, is difficult to say to us that: THERE'S A CURE FOR DIABETES, because we have some concerns about how other physicians will look to us. I think that the cure in Diabetes will be LOWERING THE INSULIN RESISTANCY to normal values, let's say to 1 o lesser on HOMA IR index on a fasting blood sample (as Dr. Peter Attia's HOMA IR index value). I'll say we are entering to a new era of medicine that will say that THERE IS A CURE FOR DIABETES.
  28. Matt
    Great to find this. I am type 1 diabetic and achieve great results this way too. I have set up a site to help diabetics in Asia:


  29. BooDreaux
    Been doing LCHF for a number of weeks now seems to work well & then BS does something that just doesn't make sense, I have lost 35#.....I take Invokana only.

    Breakfast today was protein shake with 30g of protein 3g of carb and 2 grams of fiber
    Added 1 Tbsp of MCT oil
    Blood sugar 2 hours later 215 Just don't get it

    Lunch had Beef Pho with shirataki noodles(5g of carbs per serving) & bean sprouts.......I always have them leave out the normal noodles.
    Probably 7-8g carbs total
    Blood sugar 218 two hours after.

    Should be way under 180 after two hours.

    Going on insulin is not an option.......felt like crap & caused me to gain 38#. My cardiologist was appalled. Saw Endicronologist in early March & she was trying to insist that I HAD to go back on insulin even though I had lost weight. Said my pancreas was just worn out & no matter what diet I was on didn't matter.

    Any thoughts on this......I feel great & look better.



  30. John Morris
    Such a nice article on diabetes symptoms and cure information.

    Just Checkout http://www.diabeteszone.org. This website serves as a comprehensive and exhaustive resource on everything that is required to be known about the disease, ranging from a general overview of the disease to articles on specific conditions and also the various medications and treatment options regarding diabetes.

  31. kimmy
    Hi I'm 47 and i was just told by my Dr that I am pre-diabetic. I do know what that means. I don't have diabetes, but I am at risk to get it. She gave me stuff to test my blood sugar once a day. I test it first thing in the morning. Fasting I guess. My levels for a week have been between 80 and 100. Is this normal for my age? I changed my diet and exercise more. She said I don't need medication. My number was 6.0. I am so new to this as nobody in my family has it. Is there anything else I can do?
  32. Rita
    Okay. I'm new to all of this, so please bear with me. I am now 63 and have for years had a weight problem. While I was never diagnosed with diabetes, I was considered a good candidate for it, since AC1 tests showed triglycerides were high and glucose levels were getting up there, but at a "not yet" stage for diabetes. However, I jumped on the band wagon and years ago went on the Suzanne Sommers, / Atkins diet eating much as you suggest here on your website. Yes, I lost weight and Triglycerides, etc. all went to normal. For me it was hard to maintain and to think of never having grains or winter squashes was unthinkable . So, I went back to them, and sure enough everything was undone; blood work continued on the rise, weight came back and more! Fast forward to years down the road and here I am today, now officially at the "pre-diabetic" status and my doctor is telling me, low carb, full fat is what I should be eating; HOWEVER, I should include lots of fiber rich food because of my mild diverticulitis. She says that most fiber rich foods are high in carbohydrates, but eating whole grains, legumes etc., in small amounts will help with the diverticulitis because they are rich in fiber and that is what is needed. So, I'm confused as to how I can address the sugar problem and getting enough fiber in my diet on the LCHF eating plan you recommend. Could you please help me understand this issue. How do you get enough fiber with the low carb vegetables & fruits with this eating plan? Thank you for your response.
    Reply: #100
  33. BooDreaux
    No thoughts on my post above on May 6th......looking for some help please?
    Reply: #91
  34. Joy
    PLEASE is this diet safe if a person has diabetes PLUS "chronic renal insufficiency" Kidneys were suddenly damaged due to a medical incident, they have improved but have fluctuated going by the standard blood tests. Please note: doctors often misinterpret blood tests and don't know how to look a the body as a whole or to look at what is causing what. I cannot currently afford alternative health care nor will my insurance cover it.
    I want to use the very low carb, higher fat diet as featured on this site to get my blood sugar under control. The medical advice I've been given over the years has been CONSISTENTLY WRONG. I was told I shouldn't reduce carbs this much as it might be harmful to my kidneys.
    Kidney problem apparently not caused by diabetes (although this could be a factor) but was rather due to a sudden injury. Kidney function measured only by their standard blood/urine tests, told Im at level 3 and large cysts were seen in kidney in ultrasound. I'm told this kidney issue was caused by longterm lithium usage, then triggered by medical incident (blood clot and stroke which almost destroyed kidney at one time.....kidney has recovered since incident but not up to the level they want according to their charts, etc, according to regular blood and urine tests. The nephrologist I saw said best thing to do is try to remove all lithium, I am gradually tapering off the lithium and currently on very low dose. However nephrologist and other health practitioners warn against this diet and think it's harmful. I'm told I "need healthy carbs" etc, etc. (the usual mantra). However I do want to check whether people with kidney issues can safely follow this diet. I realize it's individualized but I need a general
    yes or no whether this type of diet would be OK (safe) with both diabetes and kidney issues. Please if someone knows PLEASE reply. Thank you. PLEASE is this diet generally safe for those with kindey issues or not? Any modifications? What about protein amount? This is at least the third time I've asked and I don't know where to get answers. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Reply: #104
  35. Constance
    I enjoyed reading your excellent article!
  36. Joan Russell
    Please tell me how to download your website for the diet
  37. Jeff Carr
    This is really great info. I suffered from diabetes for many years and this is the type of advice that really helped me to overcome my problem. So, to all you sufferers, YES! There is hope! Just don't lose faith and know that your body can heal itself. Also, don't fall for those "diabetes cure" websites. A lot of those things can lead you to get your limbs amputated and can even kill you. One of the big "doctors" that promoted this stuff even went to jail. Here's what I mean: http://journalofnaturalhealth.com/diabetes/
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  39. Nan
    Boodreaux, Many people have to go through an adjustment time while their bodies adapt; even then many of us, myself included, can have an early morning reading (the dawn effect) that is higher than usual. If you google this issue, no doubt several others in the lchf community have comments. You will eventually adapt, and the fact is your numbers will be worse eating carbs, so low carb is the answer regardless. Eat enough meat and eggs, plus leafy greens, is what helps me the most. Dairy, besides butter/cream, seem to give me trouble. It takes a while to figure things out, but eventually your numbers will get better. Assuming you have no other issues, of course, like Type 1 diabetes, which can develop in adults.
  40. Ginger
    I have to say the LCHF truly does work wonders! Not only did it take me out of the pre-diabetic state, it helped with my digestive issues (GERD) and took away belly bloat. It also gives me more energy (I had been very fatigue with no underlying issue other than too much glucose). My vision has improved as well and I have lost 11 lbs in 3 weeks and just feel so much healthier. It was hard at first giving up my whole wheat pitas and brown rice, but I've replaced them with non-starch/low carb foods. The saying is true: "you are what you eat" and when we eat all that sugary junk, our bodies react negatively. I don't crave anything or feel like I'm missing out with my LCHF way of life - I am 100% satisfied :)
  41. Tor Rognmo
    I was diagnosed with type 2 in 1998 - a result of hereditary hemachromatosis which resulted in iron overload and damage to organs including my pancreas. After reading the disclaimers that came with the medications my GP prescribed I quickly decided that I needed to manage this without meds, through diet and exercise.
    After some extensive research and talking online to a number of fellow diabetics who were willing to share their experiences, I resorted to a regime that I have followed to this day.
    1. A brisk 40 minute walk immediately after each of my three main meals.
    2, Restrict carbohydrates to only those low on the Glycemic Index i.e. things like barley, squash, fettucini, etc,
    After 17 years my hba1c is still in the acceptable range (less than 7.0) and I haven't cost my medical insurer a cent for medications. I do however test frequently and use strips and lancets.
    Throughout history there have been waves and waves of diabetics trying to manage with various forms of starvation diets, and the end result was never good. In 1980 the heart and stroke foundation in Ontario Canada raised the alarm bells because diabetic people were dying - not of high blood sugars but from heart attacks, often before age 50.
    Researchers in Ontario found out the cause was the current recommendation of low or no carb diets for diabetics, resulting in over consumption of fat and protein. Like short term gain, long term pain.
    So these researchers set out to develop an alternative, which evolved into the Glycemic Index, which is the prescribed solution for diabetics in almost all places in the world except the US, where the options are portrayed as either low carb or high medication and/or insulin injections.
    So that is my personal experience and thoughts.
  42. Freddy
    I just went to the doctor and doctor told me that my sugar level is 7.3,is that mean im diabetic? Please advice what kind of food can I eat?to reduce this also drinks
  43. carl
    This is the best website I've found on how to deal with type 2 diabetes. I am a diabetic, I was first diagnosed with diabetes two years ago, along with taking 3 then 4 Metformin a day I followed the dietary recommendations from the American Diabetes Association, which is quite high in carbs.

    Long story short, I felt miserable, I was tired all of the time, even after a good night's sleep, and since diabetes affects your mood I was in a bad mood and negative much of the time, I was also over-weight, which led me to try the Atkins diet, after two days on Atkins I felt like a new man, I had more energy than I knew what to do with, and I was in a much better mood.

    Forget everything you heard or read that it's Ok for diabetics to eat a lot of carbs as long as they take their meds or insulin. If you're a diabetic, the best diet for you is low-carb, such as Atkins.

  44. Stanley
    I feel quite fortunate in having found this website within a week of being diagnosed type 2. (16th June 2015)
    I weighed just short of 17st at that time.
    I was a bread and pasta addict and had a very low fat "healthy" diet.
    It is now just 6 weeks into my LCHF diet and although eating large quantities of fat scared the H**L out of me, I stuck with it and went as strictly LC as I could. After eating 3 pasta meals a week, potatoes almost every day, and at least half a large loaf of wholegrain bread per day, switching to ZERO of all those was going to be a challenge!
    I felt fitter almost immediately. Waking up much earlier in the morning, not feeling any hunger pangs or withdrawal symptoms, and feeling thinner too.
    I weighed myself yesterday, out of curiosity, and was still a little surprised that the scale read 14st 8lb...
    I have had put new holes in my leather belts to hold up my pants!
    My teeth are healthier (according to my dentist who commented that there was less to clean up) and I look forward to exercising, rather than avoiding it. I don't get tired soon after eating and often forget about food for long periods of time.
    I still have not seen my GP since my diagnosis and I am hoping that he will prescribe a glucose meter and test strips to assist me in monitoring my glucose levels whilst continuing my LCHF lifestyle.
    I am due to see him on the 10th August.
    I expect he will be pleasantly surprised with my new look too!
    I am only just starting out on this amazing journey, but am full of hope that things can only get better and that I can reverse my diabetic condition and no longer have to take the prescribed medication given to control my glucose levels (Metformin).
    I will post updates with progress reports as I reach any future health milestones .
    Thank you so much for what you are doing, Dr Andreas.
  45. dave
    what about new oils like canola and soy oil being in all processed
    high carb foods (which i avoid like the plague) I eat rice and potatoes every day with honey and i feel great. my german ancestors eat bread (fermented/sourdough) and potatoes with fermented saurkraut and sausage every day. low carb to me means something under 200grams. my fat comes from eggs, cheese, beef and lots of butter and coconut oil. people in india, africa and china live without diabetes and they eat upwards of 300-400grams of carbs per day. high fructose corn syrup, new fangled fats, hydrogenated soybean oil, and large doses of omega 6 fatty acids in the new fangled fats are what breaks down the pancreatic function which leads to poor glucose clearance. eating a low carb diet is just a temporary band aid.
  46. Paul Chesters
    After being diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes twenty years ago I have struggled to have any semblance of control, so much so after an Hba1c six months ago, I received a call from one of the GPs in the practice asking me to come in as a matter of urgency. On seeing her, I was asked why I was still able to walk round let alone function with such high glucose levels........fortunately I had come to the same conclusion three months previously and had all but eliminated carbs from my diet.....and guess what, the GP actually said that 'forgive me for not believing you but..'stepping on the scale she saw that I had lost 25 kg since the last time I saw her six months ago. She wasn't too impressed with the verry low carbs as it was counter intuitive to all she had been taught... but as my meter readings seldom get into double figures she couldn't say too much! Although still on insulin I have been monitoring every couple of hours, and been able to reduce the amount that I take with the intention of being able to throw it in the
    bin soon.
  47. helen
    can i just start by saying that my dad had been diagnosed with diabetes a little while ago and all the doctors wanted to do was ram pills down his throat and send him on his way but after discovering your site he has improved his health no end and doesnt need any medication at all and it was all through changing his diet. thats how i heard about the site. my partner has type 2 diabetes, never really accepted it and hasnt looked after himself very well.,eats the wrong food,doesnt check his sugar levels ect.i have put my foot down and said enough is enough its time to change. feeling very positive after reading so far. my question is this though. if he is going to start the low carb diet,should he see his doctor first to get any advice on insulin dosage or will everything just fall into place as he will be checking his sugar levels regularly enough to know whether he needs it? feel abit silly asking but would like to feel reassured
  48. Francie
    Rita, we're in the same boat. I am 67 and have been low carbing for two years now. I've had diverticular disease for over 20 years and T2 diabetes for five years. Since I went on LC, I lost 80 pounds and my vision has improved radically, but have had ongoing problems with constipation. I eat as many greens as possible every day and other non-starchy veggies. I avoid most berries, but do use Polaner sugar free with fiber jams. I eat one prune every day and occasionally half a banana. I find that I can tolerate most nuts, so I have some every day to help keep my magnesium levels up. Brazil nuts, almonds, and cashews are highest in magnesium, and also in potassium. I avoid caffeine and drink as much water as possible. Since my hip replacement in May, I've been getting more exercise and find that that helps--especially strengthening my core muscles. I take a stool softener or use Milk of Magnesia fairly regularly, with doctor supervision. I am convinced that this diet is saving my life, so I do all I can to stay on it. Good luck to you!
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  50. 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.

  51. nick
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  52. 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!!
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