“I was told I was “diabetic” and had to go on drugs to control it”

Mike Healey

A normal blood sugar with LCHF in just a couple of days

I just got an email from Mike, who was told he was diabetic and that he had to go on drugs to control it.

However, he chose another path, the LCHF diet path. Here’s his short story:

The Email


I was told after two blood tests that I was “diabetic” and had to go on drugs to control it.

I declined the drugs, bought a blood tester and after the shock of seeing 169 mg/dl (9.4 mmol/l) went on a very low-carb, high-fat diet. 21 days in and I have lost 16 lbs (7 kg) and my BG is normal. See attached trend report.

Very many thanks for your web site.

Mike Healey


Congratulations on stabilizing your blood sugar and on losing weight as a bonus! Keep up the good work!


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  1. KDM
    Wait, what are those blood glucose numbers? Morning/fasting? Pre-meal? Post meal? More details please.
    Reply: #2
  2. Martin
    KDM: On a well formulated LCHF it doesn't matter if it is pre or post-meal because your BS does not fluctuate as with high carb meals...Hope it helps..
  3. tony
    Way to go Mike! Keep it up! It's sad so many doctors resort to drugs instead of healthy diet changes.
  4. jack
    What are some of the reasons that researchers disagree with lchf research. Can't seem to find anything other then fat is bad, carbs are good
    Reply: #5
  5. Zepp
    Its probably that they are doctors at first.. and they are trained to ad drugs to any symptomes!

    Doctors are realy super duper to know what drug that counteract any symptome!

    Soo.. if you got to high glucose levels.. you need more insulin!

    Or rather.. if you have to high glucose levels.. you have to litle insulin.. even if you are in a state of hyperinsulinemia!

    Soon they gonna change.. probly in a 20 years period!

    "Banting Lecture 2011

    Hyperinsulinemia: Cause or Consequence?

    "In this conceptual model, insulin resistance is caused by hyperinsulinemia and is an appropriate adaptation to the increased need to store fat in adipose tissue without causing hypoglycemia. Thus, insulin resistance is an adaptive response that successfully maintains normal circulating levels of fat and glucose as long as the b-cell is able to maintain sufficiently elevated insulin levels (57). Perhaps the time has come to expand our research focus to carefully investigate the environmental changes that have accompanied the epidemic of obesity and diabetes"


  6. Paul the rat
    One can argue that constant low glucose levels - as most of us here would have, may prevent the onset of malignancy.


    Reply: #10
  7. Paul the rat
    Anecdotal evidence suggest that brains and minds of all people benefit from ketogenic diet.

    Epilepsy Behav. 2014 Sep 17;39C:111-115. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2014.08.015. [Epub ahead of print]

    Does ketogenic diet improve cognitive function in patients with GLUT1-DS? A 6- to 17-month follow-up study.

    Ramm-Pettersen A1, Stabell KE2, Nakken KO2, Selmer KK3.
    Author information

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of ketogenic diet (KD) on cognitive function in patients with glucose transporter protein 1 deficiency syndrome (GLUT1-DS). Six patients with GLUT1-DS who were referred to the National Centre for Epilepsy in Norway during the period of November 2011-September 2013 were included. They were diagnosed with GLUT1-DS on the basis of early-onset seizures and developmental delay (with or without movement disorders or microcephaly) in addition to CSF-to-blood glucose ratio below 0.5. They were all treated with either classical KD or modified Atkins diet (MAD). The effect of the diet with >90% reduction in the seizure frequency was, in retrospect, considered as a support for the diagnosis. The patients underwent standardized neuropsychological assessment before the diet was initiated, and they were reassessed after a minimum of six months on the diet. The neuropsychological tests were individually selected for each patient in order to match their cognitive level. The main finding was a considerable improvement in several aspects of neuropsychological functioning after 6-17months of dietary treatment in all the six patients. The greatest progress was seen in the youngest children. Our findings suggest that early diagnosis and dietary treatment are important in order to prevent developmental delay. However, also adults with GLUT1-DS may profit from dietary treatment by improving alertness, setting the stage for enhanced learning capacity, as well as physical endurance and quality of life.

  8. Khemkhem
    What % calories for carbs, fat and protein should one follow to get the best results to maintain good BG levels??
    Reply: #9
  9. Zepp
    Its dependant of your healt!

    Let say that a good start is 5-10E% of carbs, 15-20E% protein and the rest fat!

    Or one can put it in different ways.. heres one example!


    Or here!


    Or here!


  10. murray
    Thanks, Paul. I have a friend who is slowly but successfully reversing breast cancer (which has spread to other parts of her body) on a ketogenic diet. She will find this study of interest.
    Replies: #11, #12, #13, #14, #16
  11. Paul the rat
    You are welcome. As we know each case is different, I witnessed drastic reversal of malignancy by LCHF plus 3 days total fasting, just water, once every two weeks. I am sure your friend is under proper supervision.
    My best wishes for her!.
  12. Paul the rat
    @ murray,
    here is a good review, unfortunately I am unable to attach the full PDF, I am sure you can manage. This paper has good references as well.

    Trends Mol Med. 2014 Sep;20(9):471-2. doi: 10.1016/j.molmed.2014.07.001. Epub 2014 Jul 21.
    Mimicking caloric restriction: what about macronutrient manipulation? A response to Meynet and Ricci.
    Klement RJ.
    Author information

    As ongoing research continues to reveal the links between metabolism, cancer, and aging it is good to see non-toxic interventions such as caloric restriction (CR) coming into focus. Recently, Meynet and Ricci provided a timely review summarizing the current state of research on the possible role of CR in cancer treatment. In discussing ways to implement clinically the beneficial effects of CR without a need for overall reduced food intake these authors focused on CR-mimicking drugs that have several limitations. I propose carbohydrate restriction as probably the best way to mimic CR in humans without the need to restrict energy intake.

  13. Jeanne
    In September of 2013 I was diagnosed as Type-2 diabetic. I quickly went to a low carb diet and my blood sugar quickly came down and I was able to manage my diabetes with diet and exercise. However, I have always been thin and my weight went too low. I stopped menstruating and my doctors became very concerned. The first thing I had to do was gain at least 10 lbs which was really hard for me to do. I finally have reached up to the doctor's desired weight, but my blood sugar now bad again. I didn't add carbs to my diet, just starting eating more low carb food more often throughout the day. Now my blood sugar runs from 130 - 160 all day and I still have not had a period. Doctors want to put me on metformin to stabilize both my blood sugar and my hormones as a 35 year old women should not be in menopause.

    I cannot find any research on if LCHF diets stop women from menstruating, or if it is high blood sugar stopping me from menstruating (however when I was around 110 all day I still did not have a period). I am lost as to what is causing my problem and how to fix it without getting on medication that I will have to take the rest of my life.

    Has anyone read any studies that cover my issues?


    Reply: #18
  14. robert
    Maybe you will find this place helpful.

    Ketogenic diet centering on female "issues". Sorry for that word, I couldn't think of anything better.


  15. eugene kruger
    I had Type 2 for about ten years before diagnosis. My LCHF eating has definitely helped to stabilise blood sugar lvels but if I go off medication climbs to above 6 and 7. With medication I keep it below 5, although some days it exceeds 6 and I don;t know why there should be this fluctuation. Any thoughts on this?
    Reply: #20
  16. Zepp
    Its probably by natural causes.. the thing is that you keep monotoring but we others dont have any ide about how our glucose levels fluctuating.

    Its a lot of homones that rise glucose.. mostly stress hormones.. its for fíght and flight!

    Excersice altso rise glucose.

    Yours is still in normal range.

  17. Murray
    Thanks, Paul. Much appreciated.
    Help !would someone be kind enough to share a daily menu of there own?im still not losing weight and have been hflc for a few months now,i must be doing something wrong and am now feeling really desperate,im a 52 yr old female,i just need some idea of how to eat on the diet to loose weight,

    many thanks Karen Treadgold

    Reply: #23
  19. Zepp
    Try to skip breakfast.. at least dont eat any befor 12 a klock.. breakfast is only a habitt!
  20. Eric
    I have about 25 pounds to lose and my fasting glucose was a little high (103 mg/dl) which means I have some insulin resistance in my liver and muscle cells, but with intermittent fasting (LeanGains style) and a hypocaloric lchf diet my fasting blood glucose has dropped 10 points IN 4 DAYS.

    Just amazing!

    I'm only eating one or two meals a day inside a 4 to 8 hour feeding window and am going to boost my dietary protein and back off on the dietary fat just a little since protein causes a higher postprandial glucagon boost, and the extra dietary fat just needs to be burned off anyway -and- intramuscular triglyceride is the reason for muscle cell insulin resistance so it doesn't make sense to me to OVEReat fat until my insulin resistance is gone.

  21. Kyi
    Eric Eat the meat fat. If you look at what is happening to your cells that are insulin resistant. There are studies that show the cells have become blocked with fat and the insulin can not get in. To get the fat to move you need to eat complex vitamin B particularly B3 (the other vitamins are needed to absorb the B3) The B3 is found naturally in fatty foods like meat and oily fish along with the other micronutrients that are needed to eat at the free fatty acid blocking the cells that need the insulin. If you don't eat the fatty foods, the block gets bigger and you need more insulin to push its way into the cell. By cutting out the meat, you cut out the B3 and the situation gets worst. The starvation periods also eat the fat around the cells first because they are "first" in line to break down into energy.

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