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Reversing T2 With Diet - Who Has Done It And Who Wants To Give It A Go?

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Bebo321, Sep 5, 2016.

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Have you reversed your diabetes through diet?

Poll closed Nov 4, 2016.
  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. I manage diabetes through diet

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  1. Bebo321

    Bebo321 Family member · Well-Known Member

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    I think the forum is probably self-selecting (people who are motivated to seek out as much info about their condition as possible are likely those who are motivated to do something about it), which is why there are so many success stories.
    What is interesting though, is the high proportion of people who actually succeed in reversing the condition (or even successfully manage the condition).
    I appreciate the term 'reversal' may be contentious, but how brilliant would it be if diabetes education and media coverage reflected this optimistic statistic. The recent Panorama documentary would have been far more motivating, optimistic and actually more realistic if it had reflected how successful people can be when they are given the right information rather than taking a defeatist attitude that people with diabetes are somehow an unsolvable blight. (Sorry - I have made the assumption that you saw the documentary) :)
     
  2. CaliforniaGal

    CaliforniaGal Type 2 · Member

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    I read Dr. Fung's book on Intermittent Fasting (IF) and followed the "recipe" for alternate fasting. My numbers went from A1c of 13 to 5. Amazing. I owe it all to Dr. Fung. Hope my one toe stops tingling soon, the longer I keep my numbers in the normal range. It's not hard and the side effect of fasting, is weight loss. Thanks for listening
     
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  3. Lolhere

    Lolhere Type 2 · Member

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    I saw a documentary that showed having surgery didn't just reverse diabetes, it was stopped at the point of surgery! I am not wanting this & hope I don't get to that point, but surely that means there has to be something in that process to be researched to find out what it is that stops it in its tracks.
     
  4. kokhongw

    kokhongw I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Actually it is the successful "reversal" of T2D observed in patients who have undergone Bariatric surgeries BEFORE any significant weightloss that has triggered the various explorations on very low calorie diets and fasting. The surgery itself may not be necessary...
    http://asmbs.org/patients/surgery-for-diabetes
     
  5. Winnie53

    Winnie53 Type 2 · BANNED

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    This is an old, old topic. But @Lolhere, I think you'll find this new lecture by Ivor Cummins (The Fat Emperor) interesting. He explains why gastric bypass "instantly" reverses diabetes - (but there are better ways to accomplish this so no one is suggesting doing it).

    The discussion begins at minute 8:38 and the part you're interested in begins it's conclusion at minute 11:07, but I encourage you to listen to the entire lecture. It's quite good...

     
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  6. serenity648

    serenity648 · Guest

    Thank you, I listened to all of it and it was very helpful and informative.
     
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  7. CaliforniaGal

    CaliforniaGal Type 2 · Member

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    After years of not being able to bring my numbers into the normal range, I followed Dr. Fung's book on fasting, and my numbers are in the normal range finally, just by following his directions. I fast every other day, (one day on - one day off). Sometimes I fast for 24 hours. My A1C went from 13 to 5. The tingling in my toe disappeared. No more Metformin.
     

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  8. Living-by-the-beach

    Living-by-the-beach Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @CaliforniaGal
    Power to you.. Well Done! I'm trying to join you asap with a lower A1c!
     
  9. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    I think I am in the process of reversing my reversal.
     
  10. Living-by-the-beach

    Living-by-the-beach Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @JohnEGreen

    If all else fails then find a cheap bicycle and start on your Tour de France! Personally I'm at the cusp of reversal and I can't wait for the nirvana of lower sugars..
     
  11. walnut_face

    walnut_face Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Trouble is there are too many variables, getting older by the day be just one. Like you I have seen my readings rise - higher and faster than yours. I console myself with the fact that I can still induce a sub 5 reading.
    LBTB has a point, a bike ride seems to be more beneficial than walking, swimming or running. I dont know about weight as after 10 mins I get bored. Trouble with a bike round my way is though I might get my BS down some Dutch HGV driver is likely to flatten me!
     
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    Living-by-the-beach Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @walnut_face

    Agreed everyone is different. I am blessed though I see the vistas of my avatar most everyday. When I am on the dedicated bike path I can let my guard down a bit against HGV drivers but I still have the knucklehead pedestrians too. They can take one off your ride in a swift moment.


    As tough as it is I'm sure I couldn't cycle each and every day if I still lived in the UK, the weather here is mostly nice 9 months of the year and chilly for about 3 months and even then its not "That bad". The vistas of my ride make it way more tolerable. I've stationary bike in my yard and I rarely get on it. It would bore me to death too.. Those HGV drivers do worry me also, as I've about a mile at the beginning and end of my ride where I share the road with regular drivers but we will all die of something, I just hope its from something other than a complication of diabetes or a road traffic accident..
     
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    walnut_face Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I hope to move near the beach in the next few years. 20 years ago I was lucky enough to live 200 yards from the first sustrans cycle path, and cycled to work every day. Now I need to ride, for the sake of my health not to get from A to B
     
  14. Living-by-the-beach

    Living-by-the-beach Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @walnut_face

    Its early afternoon here and I now need for the sun to ease a bit or I'll face the wrath of skin cancer from the sun were I to leave immediately for a ride.. Its the bunch of choices we've to live with that make this tough..
     
  15. rafalnejman

    rafalnejman Type 2 · Member

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    I`ve made it. I`m almost 7 years without any drugs. My hba1c is about 5.3

    I manage my own style of nutriton. This is optimal style of eating prepared on own insulin sensitivity and own needs:) This is not any low carb oraz high protein or high fat diet:)
     
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  16. FADM2

    FADM2 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Would like to hear your story. Which fasting approach did u follow? and what was your meal schedules on non-fasting days? What about exercise?
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    My story is mostly here
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/one-year-in-thank-you-all.110499/
    Intermittent fasting with some extended and a very low carb diet.
    Exercise.. only began recently because I have so much more energy. For my first 18 months no more than usual.
    Also some more experiments logged on my blog
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/blog/bulkbiker.219467/
     
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    seanj67 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info, it was interesting reading. I've been looking into fasting again and I think breakfast would be an easy meal to miss - often I eat breakfast not because I'm hungry, but because I feel I should/habit. I could easily just have a coffee and be satisfied. I found that exercise was one thing that did help my numbers, I go to the gym but only do weights and I find that my numbers drop very well unless I counter them with bad food choices....
     
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  19. Mbaker

    Mbaker Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I also found reading @bulkbiker's blog interesting and informative. During the shock phase of diagnosis we don't think to document our journey fully, as we are ignorant of what is possible, maybe all who join should be encouraged to write up a blog. I can see that like Bulkbiker I have experimented quite a bit a continue to do so. Whilst I would not wish Type 2 on anyone, it is fascinating the options open to us tame the beast.
     
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