I am absolutely amazed that this change has happened so quickly


Before and after

Sometimes the benefits arrive quickly on a keto diet. In just a few months, David has reversed his type 2 diabetes, lost 19 kg (42 lbs) and achieved a much better outlook on life. Here’s how he did it:

Hi Andreas,

I am a 51-year old male from New Zealand who has been overweight for a few too many years but otherwise healthy other than a little asthma and eczema.

I remember watching the Fat Head movie soon after it was first released and whilst I enjoyed it and even started trying a low-carb diet I just couldn’t carry on with it. Not because I found it hard, in fact I enjoyed it very much, but spending my entire life being told that a high-fat diet was going to kill me I just struggled to continue with it. As a sceptic I just couldn’t believe this diet was a good option, it was just far too good to be true. It just felt so wrong.

Like many men I tend to avoid doctors as much as I can but had a very bad episode of back pain in June this year and as well as X-ray and MRI my doctor ordered some blood tests to see if anything else was going on.

The next day I was driving when I received a call from the doctor’s office. They asked if I was nearby and if I could visit ASAP. As it happens I was out of town and couldn’t get there until the following morning. They told me on the phone I was diabetic and needed to have treatment urgently.

I had a vague idea about what diabetes was but that night I panicked and spent hours online researching. And it was pretty much all bad: reduced life span, blindness, amputation, kidney and liver disease as well as nerve damage and heart problems. I didn’t sleep much that night.

Next morning it was off to the doctors. My HbA1c result was literally off the chart, one of the highest they had seen at 115 mmol/mol. They checked my blood pressure and it too was very high at 220/110. They were so worried that they called the hospital for guidance who told them to give me insulin injections and monitor before calling for an ambulance. After several injections I started to respond and levels began to drop so I was eventually allowed to go home with a blood test kit, Metformin and some Quinapril.

I was fortunate to come across your website and became convinced that LCHF (keto) was the best way forward for me. I became a member and devoured as much of your content as I could. I was determined to give it my best shot and see how much I could improve over the three-month period before I was due to get my bloods checked again.

I expected it to be hard but was pleasantly surprised to find that the opposite was true. After a few days into my new diet it became normal and easy to maintain. Because of my back pain I was unable to do much exercise so pretty much everything I have achieved has been down to strictly following your dietary guidelines.

I had my three-month blood tests a couple of days ago and I was expecting to see some improvement as I have managed to adhere to the LCHF diet 100% over the last three months with no cheating or lapses of any kind.

Here are my results:


In addition to this my weight has gone from 140 kg (309 lbs) to 121 kg (267 lbs) over the same period and as an added bonus both my asthma and eczema have virtually disappeared. I am absolutely amazed that this change has happened so quickly. My blood pressure is still high but I am hopeful that it will improve as I continue to lose more weight and am able to start exercising more as my back injury improves. I am sleeping better and whilst it is early days I feel confident that this is something I can easily continue with in the long term.

Thank you so much for dietdoctor.com. I can’t express how grateful I am for the information you provide and the support and encouragement it has given me. Whilst my numbers have improved perhaps the best thing to come out of this experience has been my change from being terrified of a future resulting in deteriorating health and an early death to a positive outlook and a better future.



Thank you for sharing David, and best of luck on your continued journey!

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  2. Anthony
    You look great David !
  3. Kadodia FC
    Well done David
    I live in Cape Town. Keto Town. Yes. Best diet ever. It's a way of life.
  4. David
    Thanks guys, it’s early days still I know but I am very confident that I can maintain this long term. I think the key for me will be to remain committed 100% and not waiver.
  5. Keith
    Always interesting to hear how people discover DD and decide that LCHF/Keto works for them. Great drop in your HbA1c. My results I put my back out 3 times in as many months last year since going LCHF it has not returned. 14 months on I am better at judging my apetite this is mainly because of the absence of hangry and the meal selection is easy to do.
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  7. Debra
    Congratulations David from Edmonton Alberta Canada!!
    You look fabulous!
    I have been keto since March 2017 and will never go back. It is my long-term commitment to a healthy lifestyle, looks like it is yours too :-)
  8. Trula Kinseth
    My husband is type 2 diabetic. We heard great things about the keto diet from our adult children so we both began. My husband wanted to be off his diabetes med so badly, he went full on, no more than 20 carbs per day. He lost weight quickly, 25 lbs. In about a month and 1/2, and his numbers were better than they had ever been. His doctor was amazed, she said that she never imagined they could become so perfect. Then, he got sick, it's flu season so he assumed he had caught the flu. After throwing up all night, I planned to take him to the ER, he refused. I had to get our son to come help and his doctor on the phone before he would agree to go. He spent the next 4 days in the hospital with ketoacidosis! This is not common for a type 2 diabetic and his blood sugar was not over 300 but he was in ketoacidosis very seriously. Please be careful if you are diabetic! You need more carbs than those of us who don't have diabetes! There is nothing wrong with slowly losing, you'really more likely to keep the weight off when you slow it down. Instead of getting off the meds, my husband is now on more than before dieting. He will do better but now it will be a very slow process.
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  9. Bill Robinson
    I suspect this is a calculated post by "Trula"

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