Before I even start writing this article, let me make it clear that I am not a doctor. I have no medical training. I am only relaying my own experiences and how I reversed Type 2 Diabetes for myself. I did rely on information from Doctors that I research online. So, I just want it to be clear that I am not giving you medical advice, I am only relaying my own experience. If you try it, this may or may not work for you, and you are doing it at your own risk.
Now that I have the legal language out of the way…
I became diabetic 25 years ago when I was 30 years old. Today, I am 55, and I have had a lot of health problems caused by diabetes. My four big medical events over the years were:
- Stroke in 2001 when I was 39 years old.
- Heart Attack in 2016 when I was 54.
- Quadruple Heart Bypass when I was 54.
- Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration causing poor vision when I was 53 and 54.
According to my doctors, all of these events were caused by diabetes. Long-term diabetes.
A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to take control of diabetes instead of letting it control me. As time went on, I became convinced that I would be able to cure myself of diabetes. At the end of 2016, I told my Endocrinologist (Dr. Ho) that by the end of 2017 I intended to no longer be using insulin for my diabetes. Dr. Ho told me it was impossible, I would never be able to do that. On February 16, 2017, I took my last injection of insulin, I have not had it since then! My blood sugar levels are normal. Previously, I was using 100 units of insulin daily, and also 3 oral medications.
How did I do it?
I started out in March 2016 by eating a Ketogenic Diet. Ketogenic means high fat, low carb diet. Within a day or two, I could see results, and I was able to reduce my use of insulin almost immediately. I did not cut out carbs altogether, in fact, I probably ate more carbs than I should have. I lost some weight, but after a couple of months I hit a plateau and did not lose any more weight until I made some more significant changes. During those couple of months, I lost about 20 pounds.
When I first started a keto diet, I was following the recommendation for carbohydrate intake, about 20 to 30 grams of carbs daily. When I had a heart attack in June, my doctor convinced me to start eating more carbs, and I raised my intake to about 60 to 80 grams of carbs daily. My diabetes was still doing great, but my weight loss came to an end.
In December 2016 and January 2017, I decided to get more serious about keto to see if I could get the weight loss moving again. It was very slow. Then, at the beginning of February 2017, I learned about Intermittent Fasting (IF) and started looking into it. It seemed that by fasting for part of each day, I could get even better control of diabetes, and also have a good chance of losing more weight.
When I started IF, I was using a 19/5 method, I would fast 19 hours per day, and eat for 5 hours. The 5-hour window was from 2 PM until 7 PM daily. I would have lunch at 2 PM, maybe a snack between 2 and 6 and then have dinner at 6 PM. By 7 PM all of my eating was done for the day. During my eating window, I would strictly follow a ketogenic diet. In fact, I have gotten where I am eating only about 5 grams of carbs daily.
I was enjoying the fasting so much that within a week or two, I decided to decrease my eating window to only 1 hour per day. I ate dinner only, at 6 PM, and no other food during the day. Again, strictly ketogenic during that one hour.
My fasting was going so good, and I was enjoying it. No hunger. No problems at all. It felt very natural to me. I then decided to go even further, and I am currently in the middle of a 10 day fast. No food at all for 10 days. As I write this, I am nearly at the end of day 4 of my fast. Everything is going well.
Now, this fasting (Intermittent and Prolonged) has been going on for just under 5 weeks. In that time, I have lost a little more than 20 pounds. When I went into the 10 days fast, my weight loss really kicked up.
My Doctor “friends”
Like I said earlier, I have several doctors that I follow online. Most conventional doctors, especially doctors in the Philippines, do not know about or believe in this process. They are scared of it when they hear a “high fat” diet. I can’t blame them, I was scared too when I heard about it. But, it works. At least it has for me.
The Doctors that I am following:
Dr. Eenfeldt is the founder of Diet Doctor. He is Swedish. I find him very knowledgeable. Check out his website there are LOTS of good tips there to keep you going in the right direction.
Dr. Fung is great! Dr. Fung is a kidney specialist based in Canada. He is my very favorite source of information, especially when it comes to fasting. Dr. Fung has a huge number of videos on YouTube (just go to YouTube and search for “Dr. Jason Fung” and you will find a lot). I find Dr. Fung to be very good, so informative, and really a guy that cares a lot. He has cured a LOT of people of diabetes!
I follow Dr. Mercola a bit, but not that much. What I have seen is good, though. I do recommend him. I like other doctors more, but you may like Dr. Mercola the best, you have to go with who you enjoy most and find most informative. Dr. Mercola does have some great content on YouTube, so do a search for him there!
Dr. Hyman, for me, is similar to Dr. Mercola. I follow him, but not that much. I like him and find him informative. Check out his presence on YouTube, there is some really good stuff there about Diabetes and other medical topics.
To be honest, all of these doctors have been a great help to me. They have been a blessing to me.
I firmly believe that they can help you too, take some time to look into the things they are advising!
I readily admit that the things that these doctors advocate are unconventional. What I am doing is unconventional. It scares many people. But, being diabetic for 25 years, I wanted to make a change. The things that “regular doctors” were recommending did not help me with diabetes. Sure, I could use insulin and that would make my blood sugar go down, but I still had diabetes. In fact, over time I would just need to use more and more insulin to keep things “regulated”. What these unconventional doctors have shown me to do, though, has made it where the disease is gone. No more medication. No more high blood sugar. It works!
It costs nothing
When you follow the advice that is conventional it is expensive. Insulin is not cheap. Oral medications can be expensive. When diabetes causes you to have a stroke or a heart attack.. oh boy, you want to talk about expensive? If you are diabetic there is a good chance that you will have to have a leg amputated, that would be hell, and it costs money too. In the end, diabetes is going to kill you.
These doctors that I listed, though (and many others) are using an unconventional method to heal diabetes. To do a ketogenic diet, your food will cost more than you are spending now in all likelihood. However, you will be able to reduce your spending on medicine, healthcare, and also avoid health problems. The big thing is that you can prolong your life. So, when you weigh the costs vs. the savings, it really does not cost anything. The savings reverse the added food costs.
If you get into fasting as I have, that really costs nothing! During the times you are fasting, you will spend ZERO on food! Anyway, it is not about costs for me, it is about prolonging my life, and being able to be healthier and enjoy the life that I intend to prolong.
So, that is what I have done. Through this week, on this site, I will give more information. Share some videos with you, and generally be around to answer questions that you may have.
I hope that whatever you decide to do about diabetes it will work for you! I know on this type of program is the only thing that has ever worked for me, and it is seemingly perfect!
I started LCHF diet then fell off the wagon. I threw out all (3) oral diabetic only taking lantus insulin. Dr.Fung’s book sits collecting dust on my shelf and it is time to get it out and start reading it. I need to be back on track and your post has made me take stock of what I need to do.
I am hoping to retire to Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro, Pueblo de Oro in three years. Currently, I am waiting for my condo to be built and that should take 18 months (11 stories and we are on the 9th). In 2008 I (actually as you know my wife “bought” as I cannot own land) bought a lot on a golf course about a mile from where the condo is going up (Primavera City). Lost some vision in both eyes (lower and peripheral) and have not played golf since. May sell the lot but not until I know I can tolerate condo living. Never have lived in a high rise before so will try it for a year and find out and build a house if need be. My wife became a nurse 6 years ago and wants to continue working a bit longer. I am 65 and intend to stop practicing anesthesia 8/1/2020 or maybe before. We have been blessed with a wonderful daughter, Zoë who is six. My wife’s family is very supportive and she has many relatives in Cagayan de Oro, Valencia City and Maramag, all of them very nice. They always want us to stay with them when we visit. Last year her Aunt took us to Pearl Farm for five days, living in Davao I am sure you know of it. Whenever we visit they provide a car for the month (I requested no driver after two trips because their driving made me nervous) and my father-in law or brother-in law drives NOT ME.
I will follow your progress and will be inspired by it. Maybe we could even meet on my next trip- 2018.
Thanks for the motivation!
Hi Jeff, thank you for your comment, it’s nice to hear from you. It sounds like you’ve got a lot of great plans there. I truly believe that getting back on the LCHF diet, and following Dr. Fung’s recommendations about fasting would really help you to enjoy that life that you have planned. I’m glad that you found my post and I guess what I’m doing to be motivational. That’s really great, I really want to help others to achieve the things that I am in the process of doing as well. That means a lot to me. I’d be happy to meet you whenever you’re around the area, just let me know.