Hello everyone and welcome to Diabetes Health.
I used to be obese and in 2010 was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) following a heart attack.
I was immediately put on medication and told I would be on it for the rest of my life. Quite a shock as you can probably imagine!
I diligently took my medication three times a day after meals. I followed the dietary advice given to me by my doctor and my dietitian. I lost some weight and tried to do more exercise daily. Essentially I was doing everything right.
Then in 2015, after the latest round of blood tests, I was told my dosage needed to be increased. Like every other patient I duly started taking the increased dose. I tried to eat even more healthily and do even more exercise. I lost a little more weight. I still thought I was doing all the right things.
I had quite a shock in February 2017 though. I had a friend, funnily enough also called Dave, and he too was diabetic. His disease was more advanced. He had been on the same tablets as I was for years. In 2016, he started to inject insulin.
In January 2017 he had to have his right leg amputated due to an ulcer with didn’t heal. While he was in hospital I visited him almost daily and watched with horror as he slowly slipped away. One by one his organs failed and he finally passed away that February.
I had known Dave for almost 40 years. We took holidays together and went on day trips to various places. We used to marshall and later do radio communications on car rallies all over the UK. Dave had taken early retirement that previous September and was looking forward to buying a camper van and touring the UK in it.
He never got the van. He never had time to enjoy his retirement.
I was determined that his loss would not in vain. I was determined to find a way to at least slow down the progression of my own diabetes.
I spent hours on the internet pouring over articles, reading the latest research and seeking out alternatives.
What I found was horrifying!
I discovered that there is a way to control diabetes and even, in some cases, reverse it through losing weight.
Could this be the answer for me and for thousands of others?
I had to find out so I started to experiment with my diet. I started to lose more weight – rapidly!
When I went for my next blood tests the results were amazing. My blood sugar was normal. I was no longer diabetic!
If I can do it, can others?
This was my big question. I discovered research which showed rapid weight loss for 8 weeks could, indeed, reverse diabetes.
This website is my own attempt to help people like me. People who feel bound by the constraint this terrible disease places on them. People who don’t know where to turn for advice or whose own doctors simply resign them to a life on medication and ultimately, an early death.
“It’s life Jim, but not as we know it!”
Living with diabetes is a whole new life. If you have just been diagnosed you will have lots of thoughts and questions running through your head. What can I eat? Do I have to stop eating certain foods? Do I have to test my blood sugar daily? Can I still enjoy a beer or a glass of wine? How will it affect my work, my family, my daily life? And many, many more!
I hope that you will be able to find at least some answers here. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments please feel free to share them. I will do my best to answer them all.
All the best,