Graham went low-carb after 10 years of type 2 diabetes

Graham success story

Graham had suffered from type 2 diabetes and the side effects of Metformin for ten years. His dose of Metformin was steadily increased over the years with side effect getting worse and worse. When his doctor also wanted to put him on insulin he got scared. He found the low-carb, high-fat diet online and decided to give it a go. This is Graham’s story:

My name is Graham Hogben, age 68 and I live in Scarborough, UK.

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes around ten years ago, HbA1c 65. I was prescribed Metformin 500 mg twice a day, no dietary advice, and as for many individuals, I was told the condition was progressive and that I would require medication for the rest of my life.

Over the following seven years, my medication was gradually increased until I was taking 2000 mg Metformin twice a day together with Gliclazide! My condition was getting worse and I had gained around 36 pounds (16 kilos) up from 11 stone 154 pounds (70 kilos) to 189 pounds (86 kilos).

At this point, I was experiencing a range of symptoms including weekly hypos, night sweats, itchy skin, acid reflux at night, dermatitis, and IBS type symptoms; stomach cramps and loose stools. I felt lethargic and had little or no motivation to exercise.

In October 2015, three years ago, I went for my annual diabetic screening and was told that there was no improvement, my HbA1c was around 70 and at this stage, the diabetic nurse suggested that I might benefit from taking insulin! I was horrified at this prospect and returned home feeling quite depressed about my situation (my mother and maternal grandmother had both died as a result of diabetes complications).

The following week, while my wife was scanning information on Facebook, she came across Diabetes.co.uk who were advertising their “Low-carb program“. I took a look at this and searched for the website. A couple of days later, I signed up for the ten-week low-carb, high-fat program, and began to make the recommended changes to my lifestyle. I reduced my carbohydrate intake to below 100 g net a day and increased my total fats. I was surprised to find that I didn’t feel hungry and the dietary changes for me were not too drastic! The only foods that I missed initially were potatoes and bread but I soon learned to substitute these starchy staples with things like extra green vegetables. Pasta and rice were not an issue for me as I would only eat these foods maybe once a month, so I didn’t miss them.

Within a week or so into the program, my blood glucose readings were coming back to a normal range, and as the weeks went by other symptoms of type 2 diabetes disappeared. The night sweats reduced, my acid reflux stopped. I have not experienced a hypo since starting LCHF and my dermatitis cleared up. My mental fog and lethargy began to disappear. And six months into the lifestyle change, I lost a 14 pounds (6 kilos) in weight. Also since losing the weight, I have taken up fell walking and have walked over 3,000 miles (4,828 km) in the last two years.

Now three years later, I have maintained my improvement and reduced my medication to 1,500 mg Metformin daily, and my weight loss has been maintained at 35 pounds (16 kilos) lighter. I subscribe to Diet Doctor, and take advantage of all of the material available; the latest research, recipes etc. and as a result, I have taken and applied all the recommendations regarding nutrition to the next level.

Graham

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That’s fantastic Graham! Congratulations on all your success.

It’s really a shame that people like you have to go looking for this information on your own, it should probably be recommended right away as you get a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes (or, ideally, even earlier).

As long as that’s not the case, we’ll just have to keep working hard to make the information available and simple to implement for as many people as possible.

/ Andreas Eenfeldt, MD

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10 comments

  1. Fred
    What's the cost?
    Replies: #2, #5
  2. Edward Kowalski
    Carb cravings alone. No cost to the diet, just eat low carb, moderate protein and high fat.
  3. Edward Kowalski
    What is hypo symptom?
    Replies: #4, #8
  4. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    What is hypo symptom?

    Hypoglycemia? Hypothyroid? I'm not sure which you're asking about.

  5. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    There is no cost. We do have a membership option, but you can access recipes and information on our website for free.

    Here is our 2 week challenge to help you get started. It's free.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/get-started

  6. Dave & Gwen
    Hypo in diabetic lingo is usually hypoglicemic, it makes you feel weird, sweating heart palpatations, generally down, with shakes and can have blurred vision and in extreme cases coma and possible death.
  7. Sandy Hintze
    I have followed the keto 2-week challenge in the past year (May 2018) and continue to follow keto (without membership) and make the recipes. But I cannot since October 2018 lose weight anymore . . . Infact I now began gaining weight (5 pounds) and have not done anything other than keto. I weigh 164 pounds now and I am 5’ 5”, so I need to still lose weight. I have done my macros and didn’t realize how many calories are in dinner menues since you say not to count calories. I would have 2 meals a day and skip breakfast 3-5 days a week. What does your membership offer me? Obviously calories do count for me. Help!!!!
    Replies: #9, #10
  8. Arthur H Hazeldine
    I like to think of the fat as "healthy" fat, Fats can come in many forms, not all healthy.
  9. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I have followed the keto 2-week challenge in the past year (May 2018) and continue to follow keto (without membership) and make the recipes. But I cannot since October 2018 lose weight anymore . . . Infact I now began gaining weight (5 pounds) and have not done anything other than keto. I weigh 164 pounds now and I am 5’ 5”, so I need to still lose weight. I have done my macros and didn’t realize how many calories are in dinner menues since you say not to count calories. I would have 2 meals a day and skip breakfast 3-5 days a week. What does your membership offer me? Obviously calories do count for me. Help!!!!

    You can read our top weight loss troubleshooting tips here. If you are a current DD member and would like information on an additional venue of support, please send an email to support@dietdoctor.com from the email associated with your DD account.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/how-to-lose-weight

  10. Tom Buenavista
    Sandy, you are at a plateau. Not to worry. You can shake yourself off of the “stagnation” with a couple of changes to your lifestyle. I understand that you are intermittently fasting. Stick to it. May I suggest you prolong your fasting on 3 days of the week and then foreshorten your fasting 2 days. On the weekend, treat yourself to a great brunch with no dinner. After a week, reverse the order, e.g., 2 days prolonged fasting, 3 days foreshortened fasting, and on the weekends forego the brunch and have a light dinner. In other words get out of the rut. Vary your exercise routine to include calisthenics vs just walking, etc. In all this keep yourself hydrated. Black coffee, green tea, water. DO NOT use sweetener. You can use real heavy cream but sparingly. Let me know how you do.

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