If it was a game that would be the current score! Yep… since I first posted about my desire to beat Type Two Diabetes the game has been raging strongly within me.
Let me rehash briefly. Last year, in my ninth year as a T2 diabetic, my regular T2D Clinic visit revealed numbers that really set me on a path of self-researching! The numbers were not good and the doctor added more medication and a warning that the negative annual trend was showing signs of intensifying! So… disgruntled, I began my search for self-help. After much searching I stumbled on the real life drama of the Prof Tim Noakes hearing in South Africa. That story led to one simple discovery.
Type 2D can be reversed… with the LCHF diet. LOW CARB, High (Healthy) FAT!
Yes, it’s that simple! STOP eating the shite sold in supermarkets and cafes. Stop chucking junk food into our bodies. SIMPLE!
I began on my modified diet in late October last year and within months the benefits began manifesting themselves. My gastric problems soon waned, to the degree that I informed the gastro specialist that I no longer required the services of the state hospital’s resources. I could again fall asleep lying down. I could again get through almost every day without the aid of anti-heartburn liquids.
I also noted that the weight came down without trying. I lost about six or seven kilograms in a few months.
I felt better… my energy levels kept me going longer. Life just seemed to take on a more positive slant. I noticed another benefit. Bleeding gums seemed to heal themselves. But mostly, my self testing blood glucose levels remained consistently low. Occasionally a test would tend toward the 8 level but in general the average remained between 6 and 6.5.
But… and there is always a but, self testing cannot really confirm how effective the diet can be. It’s an indicator and not an accurate measure. So, I hear you ask, what is that accurate measure?
You can’t lie or cheat or even bull-dust yourself with HbA1c. HbA1c is as accurate and finite as you can get. So, last week I asked our new GP for a blood test. I also met the Diabetic Nurse and explained why I wanted my bloods checked. To my pleasant surprise, I discovered that we weren’t only singing off the same hymn sheet… we were rocking to the same beat when it comes to the treatment and lifestyle approach for T2D.
OK… to get to the moment of truth. On Friday I called by the surgery to see the Nurse and get the results of the blood tests. I was met with the following greeting…
“I have excellent news for you… “
That news was that my HbA1c level was 40! That means that I can boast that I am no longer T2D! Yes… I’ve shown that with something as simple as a LCHF diet I have done what many in the medical profession suggest cannot be done! Reversing T2D! However, I will note… if I should return to eating carbs then I’m immediately placing myself back in the T2D environment!
The moral of the story? Eat yourself healthy! Sweet and simple… metaphorically sweet, that is! I’ll conclude – do visit my Health page to follow my whole saga. Also, as part of my 17 for 2017, I’ve committed to do at least 12 T2D related posts! I’ve also committed to do some mammal sightings… that’s easy, here’s one I managed earlier this month!