The keto diet: Reversing type 2 diabetes

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Keith was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and felt like his health was failing. Fortunately he found the keto diet. Here’s what happened:

In January 2017, at 63 years of age, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I had probably been living with it unknowingly for years. In 2009 my doctor recommended the South Beach diet because I was showing blood-sugar levels that were considered pre-diabetic. I stayed on it for a while but then, as with all other diets I’ve tried in my life, I failed and put all the weight back on, plus some. When I was officially diagnosed last year with type 2 diabetes I was a whopping 284 pounds (129 kg). I was always fatigued, could barely walk a block without getting tired and my health was failing.

At that time, my daily glucose readings ranged from 220 to 400. In February 2018, my A1c had reached 10.1. I was fast on my way to being in the grave in a couple of years if I didn’t take control of my diabetes and health.

In March 2018, our friend Vickie, who is a type 1 diabetic, told us about the keto way of life. She shared some interesting data Dr. Ken Berry puts out on YouTube. The things Dr. Berry said made total sense to us and we decided we needed to give keto a try. Both I and my girlfriend decided to give this Keto way of life a try. We officially started on March 5, 2018.

On May 24, 2018, I had a 90-day follow-up appointment with my doctor. When he came to the exam room with my chart he immediately started to fist pump me with praise of congratulations, he was ecstatic. I am now at 233 pounds (106 kg)! I have lost 51 pounds (23 kg) and my girlfriend has lost 25 pounds (11 kg). I went from a 42-inch (107 cm) waist to a 38-inch (96 cm) waist. But, here’s the best part, my A1c came down to 5.7 and all my health markers have improved. He called me his poster child for being on the path to curing my Type 2 diabetes.

I was on Metformin, Pravastatin, Glimepiride, and Invokana. I shared with him that I was living the keto way of life and surprisingly, he was not negative about it. He only advised me to be careful if I came off this lifestyle and back to the Standard American Diet because my glucose level could increase from the shift.

He has taken me off of most of my medications with the exception of Metformin which he wants me to decrease to 1000 mg a day for the next 90 days as a precaution. He told me when I come back in 90 days if my health markers are the same, he will more than likely take me off all medication…I will have cured my type 2 diabetes!!!

Keto has saved my life. Thanks so much to our best friend Vickie for supporting us on our journey and also for sharing Dr. Berry’s videos with us. This dude is amazing and right on!!!

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3 Comments

  1. Sonia
    I am vegetarian and want to follow diet plan which have indian vegetarian meal option. I am pre diabetic. Please help.
  2. Karen
    Congratulations. I am positive that your next visit you will medication free.
  3. Rick Rossman
    I too have found my way to the Keto diet to eliminate the drugs that are used to control diabetes. I have only lost 13 lbs, but with more energy have gained muscle mass by increasing my workout routine. I now have a intense 45 minute workout in the morning using weights and am walking 4 miles every night after work.

    When I started the Keto Diet October 2017 I was 211 lbs, using 20 ml of insulin, & my A1C was bouncing between 7 & 8. Since going Keto my A1C readings have been 6.5 and 5.9, and down to 188 lbs. I slowly weened myself off of the insulin, now for the past 2 weeks I have not taken any, My glucose readings have been slightly high 140 range but are slowly coming back down to the normal range.

    Others tell me they couldn't do this diet because they don't want to give up the carbs and sugary drinks. I tell them to replace those carbs with something else, like bacon and sauces. What I like is that I finally have control of my disease and I have made changes that I can live with for the rest of my life. I will be 60 years old in February 2019, and am looking forward to being able to do things again. My grandchildren will be coming for a visit soon, looking forward to living and loving life again with no side effects.

    Thank you Diet Doctor

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