“I’ll introduce myself as an ex-diabetic from now on”

Before and after 8 weeks

Before and after 8 weeks

When Ian went in for his routine medical exam he got a type 2 diabetes diagnosis! And he needed to start treatment right away.

Here’s what happened when he searched for science, found the Diet Doctor website and chose not to follow his dietitian’s crappy low-fat advice. It includes 16 kilos (35 pounds) lost in eight weeks, but that’s just the beginning:

The Email

Dear Diet Doctor Team,

I have been prompted by my wife to share my short story on this forum, so here goes:

I’m a 52 year old male who has never paid any attention to my health but I’ve had no health problem to be concerned about either. In June this year I had to complete an annual medical exam for the company I work for. I assumed I would just pass it like all the previous medicals I have done. I was only hoping they didn’t give me the Queen’s College Step Test again because nowadays I have one knee that is not too flash.

After the medical all was good except the blood test showed high blood glucose. So they booked me in to do more tests. The doctor reviewing the results of these extra tests told me that he was very sorry but I was a Type 2 diabetic and I would have to start treatment for it. He prescribed me Metformin and sent me to a dietitian to get a diet plan. The diet plan I received included eating at regular intervals, bread at every meal, uncooked veggies, no fats or oils, low salt, and no more than 200 grams of lean meat per day.

After 3 days of starving and feeling nauseous from the tablets I started looking for an alternative science. This is when is when I found the Diet Doctor website and started re-educating myself. Before the first week of being diagnosed was over, I had stopped taking the tablets and the diet and started eating low-carb food instead.

That is now 8 weeks ago.

In the interim between today and when I started, my wife and I did a two-week long motorcycle trip through very hot and dry Bulgaria and Romania. The temptation of ice-cold beer and new foods that I hadn’t experienced before got the better of me and I strayed from the LCHF diet for most of the trip. I am back on it now but the 8 weeks period needs to be considered as 6–7 weeks to be fair in reviewing the results of my progress. I returned to the doctor yesterday for the 2 months follow up examination. Here’s a summary of the results from both tests:

Ian numbers

I don’t have much of an idea what most of the results mean but I did research about the ones listed above. Unless I’m getting the wrong info, it appears that pretty much everything is better in the second test when compared to the first.

I asked the doctor if I was still a diabetic. He laughed and said it was too early to tell. He did say that I was losing too much weight and I should slow down. I asked what indication was there that my weight loss was too rapid, he carefully compared the two lists of results again but in the end couldn’t find anything to support his recommendation. I asked what indicators in the results showed him that I was still a diabetic and again he couldn’t show or explain why to me.

Despite this lack of acceptance, I have decided to introduce myself as an Ex-Diabetic from now on anyway. Might even get a T shirt made.

Today I feel really, really good. Even though I didn’t have any complaints two months ago I still feel better somehow. Maybe just not carrying a 15 kg (33 lbs) dead weight with me everywhere I go is part of that.

Going forward, I will keep to the LCHF food to get rid of more excess baggage down to whatever weight that I end up being, naturally. I have no target weight to hit and I don’t care if my end weight is correct or not according to the BMI index.
I will still drink the local beers and eat the local foods in any far flung places that I may visit and most importantly I will probably now live longer to visit more of those interesting places.

Initially everyone who I told I was a diabetic all said how sorry they were, ‘what bad news’ and similar such statements. But in reality it has been the best thing that has happened to me in years. I am truly blessed. Had I not had access to the resources that Diet Doctor and other similar groups have provided it would have been a very different outcome. I would have been stuck on the medical merry-go-round getting fatter and more diseased.

So thank you from the bottom of my heart and all power to you guys for doing what you do.


P.S. I want to share a drink recipe that I recently invented. I think it tastes better than the original.


Sounds like a great start, Ian! Congratulations and keep going!

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  1. Rob
    Fantastic Ian.
    All those numbers look fantastic and heading in right direction.
    Your triglyceride/hdl has dramatically dropped from a ratio of 9 to now a ratio of 3. Once you get below 2 your pretty much in the clear for heart risks.
    This ratio is the only one to worry about.
    See Dr Ken Sikaris video on this....
    Id suggest Andreas you get Ken on your interview series.
  2. Elena
    "The diet plan I received included eating at regular intervals, bread at every meal, uncooked veggies, no fats or oils, low salt, and no more than 200 grams of lean meat per day."

    Seriously, why are these doctors/dietitians not in jail? Ah, I forget, jail is reserved for the ones who actually dare recommend a diet that makes people healthier.
    Normally, it's illegal to murder someone unless in self defense, why is it legal for doctors to keep murdering their patients slowly with bogus diets and medications and then blame their patients for all their health issues? There should be a way for people like Ian to be able to compare their health on an official "treatment plan" and then on an "alternative" LCHF diet and at least put those doctors/dietitians out of business.

  3. Anthony
    Great work Ian. Try drinking low carb beer . It has only 3g of carbs per bottle.....
    Reply: #6
  4. Paul TR
  5. Tamarah
    Congrats Ian for saving your own Life . I pray your story can inspire others . Thanks for Sharing.
  6. Ian
    I didn't know such a thing existed. Thanks I'll look it up.

    Rob, Elena, Paul and Tamarah,
    Thank you also for your support. I will check out the video and the link.

    BTW, I went out for lunch on Sunday with fiends and succumbed to a 500ml draft beer, bread and water melon. Next morning my BGL was 86 mg/dl.
    I don't intend to do that too often but it shows that my metabolism is now well enough to bounce back when I slip. Also I have lost another 2kgs since sending the email to Diet Doctor.


  7. Belinda
    Congratulations! Do you drink any alcohol on a daily basis?
    Reply: #11
  8. Sam
    Congratulations! Your story is almost identical to mine - maybe I should write to dietdoctor as the more proof out there, the better! My doctor prescribed me a diet of 50% carbs! I said at the time I didn't want medication and he just said...you will be back to ask me for it!! Needless to say I haven't been back as I've been following the LCHF lifestyle. It helps that I produce an organic EVOO, so have quality fat-on-tap!

    I, like you have weakness for beer but did cut it out for many weeks after being diagnosed - I am now an ex-diabetic :-)

    Interesting drink recipe BTW, I have looked online for Mulberry extract without success - do you know where I could order some online?!

    Reply: #12
  9. RC Anderson
    Looking good, Ian. It's strange but I usually think guys look better in their "heavier" pictures than in their weight loss "after" photos (perhaps because so many diets are not really healthful), but you look better! Thanks for sharing---and for the Bourbon and "coke" recipe!
  10. Jim Smith
    Great stuff Ian well done!
    I, too am a beer lover so i've tried all the low carb beers and some are pretty bland...
    The best one so far is Coopers Clear with only 3.5g carbs per 355ml can so you can have a quiet one or two on the weekends without getting the guilts too much.
    Keep it up!
  11. Ian
    Nearly everyday. Usually a wine or two. I used to drink a lot of coke mixed with a little bourbon. My wife blames the coke for my diabetes. In a doco I recently watched, the French (wine guzzlers) have a very low mortality rate from heart problems. Some where saying it was because of the wine but others were saying because of the lower stress levels, also assisted by drinking wine.
  12. Ian
    Very happy to hear about your personal success. I wasn't going to post anything about mine but my wife persuaded me and I'm glad she did. So I'm going to persuade you. We need to reverse the mess the food and drug corporations and governments have gotten us into. Diseases and obesity are spiraling out of control and a lot of money is being taken from sick people who can't afford it. So if your story helps just one single person change direction then it will have been well worth your effort. Then that person inspires another, and so on. This mess can be fixed from the ground up but not if we don't share what we know with others who are still trapped.

    Regarding the mulberry extract. Mine comes from http://www.activenaturalhealth.net Phone +905301175611

    Some others that sell it:

    But best if you can find a grower. In Turkey at the moment the farmer's road side stalls along the Aegean coast are full of home made stuff. Not sure where you live but unless it is the North Pole you are likely to find someone growing mulberries somewhere.

    All the best. Looking forward to reading your story.

  13. Ian
    RC Anderson,
    Thanks for the nice comment. I bet you look good too. The main thing is that I feel good. It is amazing how quickly you start feeling better when eating the right foods

    Jim Smith,
    Can we believe those labels? as LCHF takes off there will be plenty of companies trying to sell fake food and drinks to LCHFers. But I wouldn't feel bad about having my beer of choice, based on taste, without any guilt. Dr. Leonard Coldwell, if you listen to him on not, does make some sense. He says for healthy people doing the right thing 70% of the time it is enough.

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