Diabetes

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.

Symptoms

thirst

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.

Test

Bloodsugartest

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

twotypes

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).

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates

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:

Plate-model

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:

Plate-model50sugar

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

strictly-forbidden

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

especially-valuable

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:

two-meals1

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:

two-meals

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?

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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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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.

Links

Dr. Wortman’s website and blog

My Big Fat Dietary Documentary on YouTube

Books:

 

More from the Diet Doctor

Selected blog posts on diabetes from the last few years:

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193 Comments

  1. kathy martel sileno
    Thank you for all this wonderful information. I suppose I am a pre-diabetic condition with advice from my doctor to lower sugar numbers. I am looking for a list of foods that would do just that. Any suggestions?
    Reply: #201
  2. Penny
    LCHF works for me. My a1c was 10.2 and did not drop until I gained control of my carbs and portions. I try to stay under 50 carbs and 1500 calories per day. My a1c dropped to 5.4 and has stayed there for over two years. Feeling deprived is just a mindset. Say I can't have it and I want it all the more. Changing my mindset changed my outcome. I'm not perfect, but this way of eating has changed my life.....no more awful pain in my legs and feet, and my eyesight has actually improved! My eye doctor was amazed! I've felt so much better for the past two years......totally worth avoiding grains, potatoes and other carb loaded foods that are like poison in my body. Also, the high fat has not caused any increase in cholesterol or other levels.....all my numbers are well within the normal range.
  3. Arvind
    Hello Dr. Fung, I am suffering from type 2 since 2011. I am currently taking metformin since couple of months. My HbA1C in Jan was around 12.2. I also suffer from CKD. My Serum creatine level is around 1.1. Is there a way I can save my Kidneys? Any input will be helpful. Regards
    Arvind
    Reply: #203
  4. Bradley
    LCHF is the BEST form of eating for diabetes that I have found. Like most, I have struggled with weight and diabetes for years, for my 50th birthday I went on insulin. This was added to my host of tablets for controlling my diabetes. For my 51st birthday I was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Getting old really sucks was my thoughts as I drifted down a dark hole of despair. Fast forward just over a year and I have almost reversed my type 2 diabetes. Along the way I have had issues and problems including really bad withdrawal when I stopped drinking pop. 12 to 15 cans of pop I would consume a day onto of eating the standard food pyramid diet.

    For those with a similar addiction to pop, regular of diet makes no difference, I found a SodaStream helped me. Yes, they were designed to make pop at home, but only if you add the syrup to the now carbonated water. Through my journey I found making bubbly water was the secret to getting off of pop. Not only was it the sugar in the drink that I was addicted to, it was the fizz. Major game changer in my life, who would have ever thought the bubbly water could help one stop drinking pop. It work for me as I am 11 months pop free, not a one. Humans one, pop none.

    I continued to struggle with everything but being on LCHF things started to happen. Weight moved down, slowly but moved, muscles started to grow (doing nothing), sleep came back to me. All was very interesting especially the doctors visits... Well even that has changed. I've got from "you are going to blow up your kidneys" to "your kidney function is great".

    To date I have lost the following:
    50 units of insulin
    4 Metformin
    1.5 Glyburide
    21 pounds of weight
    33 pounds of size

    And I have gained:
    Almost reversed my diabetes...0.5 Glyburide yet to loose - this years goal!
    have real muscles
    can shop in a regular mens store...first time in 12 years
    no migraines
    no nightmares
    Energy, lots and lots of energy...just ask my staff, they now dislike me for it :)
    and I feel great! At 52 I feel better than I have in my entire life! and I owe it to LCHF and this website!!

    Thanks for giving me my life back.

    Best Regards,

    Brad.

  5. Sofia N
    Hi this is a question about diabetes i have been diabetic for 12 years im 41years old .I wanted to ask what happens when you start eating food with a high intake of carbs ,e.g chips, rice and cheese cake occasionally .Apart from your sugar levels rising is this a set back .I have stopped taking metformin now for 2 weeks but find that i can stick to the lchf diet but i dont want to restrict myself for ever as i miss some food but on the otherhand i want to reverse my diabetes.Also i have a narrow valve and have had valvoplastmy over 14 plus years ago is there any advice you can give me as im finding it hard as my motivation is not as strong as iit should be please help kind regards
  6. Bonnie
    Sofia - I don't know anything about you, so I'm replying with what I've found for myself. Yes - cheating on the lc diet is a big set back. Whenever I do that it takes days to get my blood sugar & cravings down to pre-cheat levels. My absolute favorite foods were popcorn & potato chips. I haven't had either one for over 3 years now, as I'm terrified of a binge. Do I feel deprived? Yes, sometimes. But most the time I know that keeping my feet, eyesight, & kidney function healthy are more important than the taste of "good" foods. When I want a snack I can have walnuts, sometimes a SF candy or small serving of SF dessert (like pudding), or, what I've found I really like, is a small serving of berries with cream. They key for me is small servings and not very often. If I have them too often my portions start getting bigger. Then I'm in trouble.

    Hope that helps!

  7. Heather MD
    If LCHF doesn't sound good to you, or right for you, watch the documentary "Forks Over Knives." It's very inspiring and talks about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet for Type II Diabetes.
  8. sammy
    I had type 2 diabetes and been taking medications since 2011, 4 days ago I tried Atkins low carb and high protein diet, I had to lower my medication intake every day from 3 bills of Metformin 500 to 2 to 1 and today I stopped taking any medications and continued to monitor my blood sugar and was like that: 1 hour after meal the reading is 9.4, 2 hours after meal 6.9, before the next meal on empty stomach 5.6
    I never seen these readings in my life and it was always high even with medication. I am very happy to get rid of diabetes, and lose weight, oh by the way, I am loosing 1 lb per day, I am weighting my self every day and went down from 234 lb to 230 in 4 days. I still can't believe it.
  9. GrammaSally
    I started the Keto style diet slowly after having surgery 2 months ago for a total hysterectomy. I went off the depoprovar needle about 10 years ago due to my age. As soon as I stopped the depo needle I noticed I wasn't feeling as good as I had been. I started gaining weight at the rate of about 8-10 pounds a year even though I hadn't changed my eating style. After I gained 80 pounds I was really starting to feel ill. I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and put on MetFormin. I was also sent to see a Gyno for a check up. He discovered that my estrogen was almost completely unapposed since my progesteron level was almost zero. The effect of this high estrogen not only made me metabolic but it also caused me to have edometrial thickening, a uterine fibroid and grow a 11cm cyst on one ovary. After I had my hysterectomy I decided I needed to do something to save my life and enjoy what life I have left in at least decent health. I found the keto diet and decided to give it a try since I have tried a high carb diet and a high protein diet but never a high fat diet. I have lost 20 pounds since I started and was actually experiencing fairly low blood sugar to the point that it was getting to low. I lowered my met formine dose down to half in fear that I might get seriously low. Everything was good for about a week and then my sugar started going up. Once I got to a fasting level of about 8 I decided I better go back to my usual dose of met formin and it is slowly coming back down. I was at 7.2 this morning. My question is this......Is there a sugar adjustment period at the beginning of the keto diet that actually has a slight raise in blood sugar? I haven't given up on keto because I think as my body switches from carb burning to fat burning that it might be finding stored energy in my fat cells that could increase my blood sugar. It is especially bad first thing in the morning after fasting since supper the night before.
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  11. Kris
    My husband was diagnosed with T2 earlier this week, his fasting blood glucose was 134. He can't find the labs from last year but it was really close to 100 fasting blood glucose, He weighs over 350lbs and has for a number of years, carries the fat high and in front, is pretty sedentary, & eats a very high carb diet. Last year I tried to get him to cut back but he wouldn't and said if it was a problem the Dr would have said something. I was diagnosed as T2 3 years ago and cut way back on carbs 20-25 net per day but I was ignored. When he told his parents a lawyer and a housewife, they said it had to be a mistake that the glucose readings were wrong and couldn't have gone up that much in 14 months. What are the thoughts of those here? I am really concerned that we will take his parents advice and continue the way he has. I don't want to lose him...
  12. Louise
    Can you provide some information for Non Diabetic Reactive Hypoglycemia please. I`m requesting correct information and dietry guidelines, so I can post valuable answers and support to a couple of members in my LCHF Support group on FB.. Thanks! Lou :D
  13. Mel
    Hi, my name is Mel, I am not an expert in any of study or research, but long before I did find about low carbon & high fat food recommendations, as a good choice for diabetes, I by myself experimented with my diet & couldn't believe how much improvement in my sugar reading shows.
    So, now I am even more confident, that I am on right track, but if it's not BIG but, would be everything ok. My the only concern is, where will be my cholesterol level? I am already on medication for high cholesterol & high blood pressure too, so I am very scary what will be with it!
    As the overweight is not the problem, I am within perfect limits.
    Please, is anybody competed on this meter to help me with my concern?
    I am thankful in advance & kind regards, from Mel.
    Reply: #164
  14. Hi Mel!

    Values for total- and LDL-cholesterol are difficult to predict it's very individual. Normally HDL goes up, blood pressure down and triglycerides down.

    Hi, my name is Mel, I am not an expert in any of study or research, but long before I did find about low carbon & high fat food recommendations, as a good choice for diabetes, I by myself experimented with my diet & couldn't believe how much improvement in my sugar reading shows. So, now I am even more confident, that I am on right track, but if it's not BIG but, would be everything ok. My the only concern is, where will be my cholesterol level? I am already on medication for high cholesterol & high blood pressure too, so I am very scary what will be with it! As the overweight is not the problem, I am within perfect limits. Please, is anybody competed on this meter to help me with my concern? I am thankful in advance & kind regards, from Mel.

  15. Meg
    Wondering if anyone can offer any advice. When I was pregnant my blood sugar levels were tested at 7 weeks pregnant and I was told I would have to monitor by blood glucose levels throughout my pregnancy as my fasting bloods were 5.6 at the time. I was told I had gestational diabetes based on this one test (even though gestational diabetes doesn't develop until later in the pregnancy). I was not following lchf at the time of my original test, but switched over to doing it (in lieu of their recommendations to still eat carbs 30-45g of carbs per meal and eat low fat foods). When pregnant i was told that if my fasting bloods were above 5.0 I would need insulin injections and that I had to send my blood sugar results to them on a weekly basis.
    When I was monitoring my bloods on lchf they were generally below 5 when fasting as well as during the day which particularly put my bloods no where near the "unsafe" region. Unfortunately my pregnancy ended at 18 and a half weeks, but I am experimenting with my lchf eating patterns so that I stay below the "5" when fasting for when i hopefully fall pregnant again.
    So now to my question. Does anyone know from experience how I can possibly get the number lower than my average of about 4.7? I have been strict with my carbs and am keeping them below 25g per day so it's not this that is the issue. My protein and fat ratios are generally 60-70% fat, and protein usually 20%-25% so I'm not sure what else I can do (apart from exercise) to get the number lower. Would upping my fat intake of an evening and reducing protein (and obviously carbs) help to give me a lower fasting reading? Some evenings I have a good fatty meal with moderate protein and my reading is still sometimes 4.9 or even 5 in the morning which is driving me batty. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  16. Angie C. A.
    is it ok to drink kombucha ( and how much?) with type 2 diabetes while doing this low carb diet, please any help. Thank you.
    Reply: #167
  17. Hi Angie!

    Kombucha contains some sugar. If you have type 2 diabetes I would recommend that you avoid drinking it.

    is it ok to drink kombucha ( and how much?) with type 2 diabetes while doing this low carb diet, please any help. Thank you.

  18. Antony
    I am 32 yrs old .i have diabetic Type 2 since last 8 years .I am taking Insulin 3 times per day since I am not able to control my blood sugar is it possible to reverse my diabetic please guide me.
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    We have started a video course - How to reverse diabetes on the membership pages.
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  20. JuliePez
    Reply to #161
    Hi Kris
    Try getting a glucose meter so he can run his own blood sugars- he can see the results ( they can't be ALL wrong!!!)
  21. Muruli
    Hello folks,
    This is Muruli from Bangalore. I was suffering from diabetes type 2 since 2013. I did undergone medication with no use. My condition was pathetic with eye burning, foot burning etc. One day I came across a book by the name "cure diabetes in 72 hours by Dr. Biswaroop Choudhary". I did the prescribed diet for 3 months and now I am living without medication. It is a natural diet with commonly available veggies. Please try that and get rid of diabetes.
    Replies: #185, #188, #200
  22. Jim
    I have been recently diagnosed with type 2 with A1C level at 6.4, my glucose tolerant test was 11.7.. Can I reverse this?
    Reply: #173
  23. Hi Jim!

    I believe that you should be able to lower your A1C or/and lower your medicin intake.

    But if you are a member feel free to ask our experts:
    http://www.dietdoctor.com/member/ask-the-experts

    I have been recently diagnosed with type 2 with A1C level at 6.4, my glucose tolerant test was 11.7.. Can I reverse this?

  24. Denise
    Hey there. I am type II and I am conducting a 3 day profile, rigourously testing my blood glucose level, 7 times a day, as recommended by the Accu- Chek site I have been looking at. My fasting level this morning was 9.0. I had 2 eggs with butter and some water - had a 20 minute walk, and 2 hours after eating, tested again, and I was 13.9. How can eggs raise this level? Any ideas?
  25. Kayee kumari
    Hey im a pure vegetarian and i dont eat egg too so what food should i take as a low carb??
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  27. Christina
    I tried to follow the high carb diabetes diet for 4 years and my blood sugars were crazy (14 A1C).
    I was completely ready to give up and just resign myself to whatever complications that would eventually kill me.
    I switched to the low carb diet 10 months ago (40 grams or less per day) and I am happy to say my A1C is 5.4. I have also lost 30 pounds effortlessly. Unlike previous diets I am full and can eat a wide variety of foods. I am so grateful to this way of eating, if I can sustain it I think I may just get to keep my feet. (or eyes, or kidneys)
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  29. Dino Patel
    Hi my name is Dino and i live in Florida. i have been a T2 diabetic for 5 years now and i also had a triple bypass surgery 3 years ago. i am on metformin, glipizide, and atenolol. 2 months ago i accidentally came to this website and without taking up the 2 week challenge i thought i try the LCHF diet and WOW i just received my blood test results my A1c is down from 6.9 to 6.2, Triglcerides. from 615 to 144, Cholestrol ratio down, Thyroid back to normal, HDL Cholestrol back to normal, Ketones are present in urine, i have lost 12lb of fat and 4inch of my waist and i am off all medication. i think this is a remarkable improvement just within 2 month of being on LCHF diet. i have lots of energy and health improving day by day.i urge everyone to take up this LCHF diet for a better health. my sincere thanks to Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt and his team, Dr Jason Fung, and Prof Jeff Volek and all others in providing this great work and information. Thank you.
  30. Douglas D
    I've been doing a LCHF diet for about 8 months now and have lost at least 40 lbs and gained back 20 of them, some of it muscle, not sure about the rest. I've been worried about the tingling, numbness and pain in my fingers, wrist, toes etc and went to the doctor the other day to see what could be causing it and my bg (non-fasted) was 581, A1c is 9.2, cholesterol 475 and triglycerides 4976!!! and I was prescribed Metformin and after a half of a dose my bg came down to 272 by that evening. My breakfast that day was a half cup of cottage cheese, 2 cups of milk with instant coffee and about a tablespoon of Splenda in the blender (i rarely use splenda because I think it's just fluffy sugar), lunch was ground beef with shredded cheddar, sour cream and salsa, dinner was 4 hard boiled eggs. I just don't understand where the high bg is coming from if it's not coming from the dairy and for it to be that extremely high. I tested my bg again this morning without food and a half hour after taking Metformin. My bg was up to 280 even though I tested at 227 right before bed. Can anyone make any sense of what's going on here? I'm thinking that it's got to be the dairy and no idea how I could even survive with a bg reading almost 600. I feel good though, no issues or energy drops that I can think of except the neuropathy feeling stuff, which is probably the result of the high bg. Kind of baffled here...
    Replies: #182, #186
  31. sarah james
    These are very informative information thanks for sharing us such an amazing information http://thisistherealhub.blogspot.com/
  32. Chuck
    Hello everyone, seems to be a lot of different opinions here. This is my experience.
    age 61, been type 2 for over 20 years. Taking over 140 units insulin daily.
    started LCHF in Feb 2016. I went from 245 lbs to 203 lbs. Two weeks ago I stopped taking all med's. since then my highest blood glucose has only been about 150. By evening, a few hrs after dinner they are about 110. I know these are not perfect numbers, but they are one heck of a lot better than a year ago, with med's. I also use Dr Fong"s intermittent fasting methods.
    I did this without much exercise at all, just the daily routine and choirs.
    You Nay Sayers, Please don't tell me I'm better off following the AMA guidelines. I feel like I'm 30 years old again, and I'm looking forward to living a few more years and enjoying my grand kids!
    Reply: #191
  33. Victoria
    When I was pregnant 6 years ago, I developed gestational diabetes that required insulin. I saw a dietitian that instructed me to follow the ADA guidelines for meals. I never really gave up the carbs! I ate less and took insulin!

    I developed T2D and was diagnosed a few weeks ago. Immediately I knew that the ADA guidelines would land me in a world of hurt, and I restricted my carb intake. Needless to say, I did not need metformin, and I felt better immediately. I totally feel cheated by the ADA!!! The advice for people with T2D should be "eat low carb." It is totally ridiculous for the ADA to recommend that people continue to eat refined carb once they're diagnosed with hyperglycemia!

    I am so glad that I found out about the LCHF diet! It actually took a few weeks of surfing online before I came across this information though. Initially I started a raw vegan diet. I did reasonably well on that, and my blood glucose levels feel quickly, but were not tightly controlled. However, my numbers are truly normal on a LCHF diet--even my fasting BG looks like that of a person that does not have diabetes! This is truly life changing.

    I am a PhD level immunologist and have been engaged in cancer research for some time. I now feel inspired to somehow get the word out to people about the impact that LCHF diet has on people with diabetes. I am African American and know that my ethnic demographic has a high prevalence of T2D, and are frequently under served by the medical community! I truly hope that diabetes counselors "catch on" soon and begin recommending LCHF for people struggling with hyperglycemia! This works, and it's so sweet to avoid pharmaceuticals with their nasty side effects. I feel like I have my life back...

  34. Mel
    That's great Muruli, your story gives me hope.
  35. Erica
    I had similar problems. Despite being low carb high fat no fruit juices, sugars, grains etc (did cheat over holidays) my triglycerides shot up from 94 to 180 something. A1C was 5.5%. Cholesterol went from like 154 to 260 something. No idea why a non diabetic on no grains, starches, sugars etc would have an A1C that high (it's an average glucose of 111)! Also my triglycerides concerned me. Hdl went from 40's to 60's so that's good but trigs are terrible! I had weight loss, decreased bloating, eating only twice a day etc. the labs scared me and I ended up just going to whole foods that I believe are mostly low glycemic. Need to check my labs again but I'm scared. I know total cholesterol doesn't really matter but my trigs doubled!!
  36. Georgi
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I finally feel validated! I was diagnosed Type 2 in February of 2016. I've been told numerous times that I "don't fit the mold." I'm 48, I weigh 115 lbs at 5'2", I eat relatively healthy and I'm active. I had diabetes gestationally and it seems it's returned for good. I was so frustrated! My endocrinologist ran a battery of tests (c-peptide, antibodies, etc.) to rule out Type 1 (late onset); however, the tests confirm my Type 2 diagnosis. Once diagnosed, I immediately cut out a majority of carbs - I didn't know what else to cut out considering I ate fairly well to begin with. In return, I got scolded at my clinic for not eating enough carbs. I was told I needed at least 100g of carbs/day or 45-60 grams per meal. However, when I cut carbs, I felt better, had even more energy, and my hunger was satisfied. Now, I have the information I was looking for to go ahead with my original plan to maintain a strict low-carb lifestyle. My goal is to return to my endocrinologist in December as proof that LCHF works...and get off the meds! Thank you once again!!
  37. Gss
    Muruli - Is it try that this restricts the diabetest?
  38. gbl
    How can Asians (living in Asia) eat Low Carb? And why as a population do they have FAR lower rates of obesity and diabetes in spite of RICE being 50 % or greater of their diet?

    Can I get some answers to my questions please, which I ask in order to decide if I will become a member?

    Former Statin user
    experiencing some "diabetes" type symptoms at 5.6
    overweigh
    post-menopausal
    low budget and cannot affod organic, high meat diet, or your membership
    TC: 14

  39. ken
    Why aren't Asians all diabetics? They live on starch, this is all wrong, carbs donot cause diabetes, high fat diets do that don't allow the receptors to take the sugar into the cells. It's already been proven that type 2 diabetes can be cured by eating a plant based diet , that means no animals of any kind, no dairy, no oil!!!!
    Reply: #192
  40. Dmitry
    Hi Chuck, congrats on your achievements! Quick question, how did you manage through the night to avoid a drop in sugar towards the morning (typical for type 2, which is what my Dad also experiences)?

    Appreciate sharing!

  41. Dmitry
    I'll leave the precise response to the doctors, but here are my two cents:
    - first, South Asians experience same diabetes/obesity epidemic
    - diabetes is a hormonal disease, there are people, who are insulin-sensitive, i.e. they do not produce much insulin in response to rise in blood glucose. More East/West Asians may be falling into this category.
    - plus, the amounts of starches Asians eat a day are not huge, given poverty and such, of you are familiar with portion sizes in America, for instance.
  42. Roxanne
    So I started following Dr. Fung's fasting and low carb recommendations about 3 weeks ago. The first week I fasted every other day and ate low carb the other days. By that Sat. my sugars were in the 90s and one was as low as 55. I stopped all my diabetic meds the next day. The following week I fasted 4 days in a row. My morning sugars started at 176 and by day 4 it was 104. That weekend had low carb meals and sugars got up to around 130. Now this week doing a 4 day fast and was expecting my sugars to drop... all week they have been rock solid at around 120. Has anyone else experienced this stall? Is this normal? Is the metformin I was taking half-lifed out of my system and so my cells are not responding like they should yet? I am confused... not going to stop fasting and eating low carb... just confused.
  43. Waleed Mahmoud
    Diabetes is a symptom of high intraorgan lipids. By going lchf, the symptoms are only hidden but the real culprit is not dealt with. In order to become healthy, one should lower his fat intake to allow his system to process and burn the dangerous fats. An adequate amount of carbs, nearly 300 grams, should be allowed daily to prevent muscle waste. However, it is difficult to do the above when insulin, or insulin secreting medication are administered. In my opinion, all diabetes medications should be dropped, and a calorie restricted low fat diet should be followed until all excess intraorgan fats are depleted. Eat only when hungry and stop eating when hunger disappears. This is only a mere thought and is by no chance a medical advice. However I am currently going for this method and have good expectations.
  44. Kirsten
    I have a question. I have lost well over 100 lb with low carb. I am a type 1 diabetic. I recently switched from easier gym routines to a high intensity crazy kickboxing workout in the morning. This morning my BS was 140, I took the class, and tested at 467! I know that exercise can do this to a type one but this happens every morning. I do not eat before class and only drink water or a sugar free carb free BCAA drink (Xtend). Am I simply ruining everything I've been working for by doing this? I need to take extra insulin after I test to lower my BS so is that just keeping me from losing? Any help is greatly appreciated.
  45. Jim McIntyre
    Everything you say is true and I am living proof. I was diagnosed as T2 one day after my 51st birthday . My identical twin brother was diagnosed 2 months before. Since then I have had a metamorphosis of my body take place . I have lost 90 pounds in under 2 years and kept if off eating LCHF. I was on 4 pills of metformin a day . I am now on NONE and my A1C is 5.7 . My twin brother has the same results. I don't miss the food I used to eat and feel and look decades younger than I am. Once you start the diet , the cravings for sugary and starchy foods lessen and now I have no desire to eat these foods whatsoever. I would rate the difficulty of sticking with the diet as a 1/10 and know that I will NEVER be obese again. I cured my own diabetes and you can as well !
  46. Anita
    Douglass D, I have found that no matter what I ate my blood sugar kept being high, or even going up. I have decided type 2 diabetes is a food driven problem. Most people who have it have the same problem. I read in the American Diabetes Associations magazine Diabetes Forecast, that they have discovered type 2 diabetic people who have the weight loss surgery, their diabetes goes into remission or goes away completely. They can't figure out why this is happening and are doing research to find out why. Think about it, what do those people all have in common? They can't eat but about a tablespoon of food at a time. Which amounts to fasting. It doesn't take much of a brain to figure it out. I tried intermittent fasting, along with low carb eating, and my blood sugar got normal. It's amazing!
    Reply: #198
  47. Judith
    Anita, there's a British doctor, Dr. Roy Taylor, who has done the same thing as the bariatric surgery but without the surgery part and he has been successful at reversing diabetes as well. It is based on a very low calorie diet similar to the one given post bariatric surgery of around 700 calories. Interesting to me when the official medical community always said 700 calories was starvation and major destruction of the body would follow. But as soon as Official Medicine did it post bariatric surgery, it became automatically safe and recommended. (Insert big medicine fishy smell here.) So people don't keel over and die on 700 calories because they are taking "calories" out of their caloric savings accounts called fat stores. Do you ever wonder what so many doctors ever learned in medical school besides Patient Fleecing 401? I realize not all doctors are this way but the problem remains too many of them are.
  48. Dino
    Does anyone know where I can find the insulin index for ketogenic friendly food?
  49. Santosh
    Hi Murali,

    Iam from hyderabad,from the last 3 months Iam suffering with this Type 2 Diabetes.It seems you got rid of this desease.Currently iam on medication and i want to Avoid it as soon as possible.Could you please help on this?

  50. Pennya Abritton
    My Type 2 Diabetes almost killed me. A year ago, I fell into a diabetic coma. When I woke up, the doctor wanted to amputate my legs. But then a miracle happened: I discovered an “at-home method” to destroy my diabetes. Discover the Secret to Destroy Your Diabetes. https://magicdiabetesdestroyer.wordpress.com
  51. Rich
    I need some advice. This morning I ate two eggs and four slices of bacon. No juice, no toast. But my blood sugar went up. I don't get it? Can anyone explain it to me. Feel free to email me at sassydad4u2@gmail.com and my name is Rich
  52. Rob
    Hi Arvind
    Are you maybe Arvind Nande? I am Rob Worthington-Smith, from Cape Town, South Africa. We collaborated many years ago and I'll never forget your helpful guidance. Now I can help you! Simply be saying that from all my research, I am sure that LCHF is the only way to reverse your condition. Diet Doctor has great advice. You can also look at Real Meal Revolution for a great LCHF programme.
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  54. Mark
    Just a note of thanks for the work you are doing. I found your site, read through it with some initial skepticism, but cross-checked a number of things I found here with some other sites. When it became obvious it wasn't hog-wash, I started the program. I've been very good at keeping my daily carb intake to less than 20 grams per day, have not eaten any processed foods, and tried to keep my fat intake up. I started in late May, at which time I weighed 336 pounds (152.4 kgs), with an A1c level of 8.8. My doctor prescribed insulin, but I told him I was not going to start down that route, asked him to let me try this program first.

    As of August 22, I am down to 304 pounds, and my A1c level has dropped to 5.3! The doctor called me IMMEDIATELY to make sure I hadn't started insulin, and to cut my Glimerperide dose in half.

    I'll admit, the weight loss is going slower than I thought it would, especially with as much to lose as I have. But it continues to go down, and the glucose reading went down far more than I expected. I am committed to staying the course through the end of 2017. At that point, I intend to be at the same weight as the day I got married, 192 pounds. When successful, I will have lost almost 43% of myself!

    I know that without my commitment, I could not achieve this. So I know I deserve some of the credit. It isn't always easy standing in line to get my salad and watching the great looking sub sandwiches, pasta, and barbequed ribs walk past me at lunch time. But without your site being here, with so much useful info (including some pretty good recipes!), I would never have known how dangerous all of those things are, and would never have gotten started. I refrained from joining until I knew I was seeing results. As of today, I am a member. Please keep the great info coming. I have begun my word of mouth advertising campaign to everyone I know who starts the conversation about weight loss.

    Thank you!

  55. Victoria
    Going in for blood work tomorrow.. fingers crossed. I started this diet about 2 years ago and my numbers (sugars are stable at about 105-120 all the time) have been steadily rising. If I don't eat my sugar soars. I have been very strict ketogenic for about 3 weeks and my sugar just won't go below 100. I was sure this was going to work big time but not sure what to do next. Tomorrow's numbers will hopefully tell more.
    Reply: #208
  56. Mr Edward
    I have tried to do a LCHF but could not loos my fat tummy. Diabetic at age71. Today I have a blood test to show Kidney has a problem. I bet no one knows there is not one medicine to clean or correct the Kidney? You got it for life. What does the kidney not like, That is right FAT and have to reduce Protein too, Any one who has experience can email me, Please eddeewn@lycos.com

    I really believe in LCHF especially with tThis site and Dr Fung. Maybe I am just too late?
    Thank you

  57. Victoria
    Well .. got my blood work back. AC1 5.6 %,
    CHOLESTEROL 244 mg/dL <200 mg/dL Dropped 20 pts.
    TRIGLYCERIDE 94 mg/dL <150 mg/dL Dropped abt 20 pts.
    HDL 69 mg/dL 40-59 mg/dL Went up 5
    LDL CALCULATED 156 mg/dL <100 mg/dL Dropped 30 pts.
    NON-HDL CHOLESTEROL 175 mg/dL <130 mg/dL

    Doctors notes said she wanted me to start statins... ah, no. They wouldn't / couldn't do a LDL-P so didnt' get that particle size info.

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