Type 2 diabetes is a condition whereby the body can’t control the amount of glucose in the blood and becomes too high.
Among causes such as having a close family member with the condition, being overweight or obese can put you at risk of type 2 diabetes.
But one man diagnosed with the condition said he was able to reverse it by cutting out certain foods and following a specific diet plan.
Simon, 65 from Romsey works for National Grid as a land officer and having lost nine stone, he has found his diabetes as been reversed with the help of a low carb diet.
When he was diagnosed with diabetes in July 2017, Simon’s HbA1c (average blood glucose level) was 82mmol/mol. An ideal HbA1c level is considered 48mmol/mol.
But in six months it had gone down to 23. He has lost around nine stone in total, gong from 21 stone two pounds to 12 stone.
Before he was diagnosed, Simon suspects he had diabetes but didn’t want to accept it. After experiencing an infection that didn’t heal and after being admitted to hospital he was officially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
He was put on 500mg metformin – first-line medication for the condition – three times a day but miraculously now takes no medication at all.
Every three months his HbA1c level is tested, but he now follows a low carb diet, eating just 50g worth of carbohydrates a day. He doesn’t eat pasta, potatoes, rice or processed foods.
For breakfast, Simon opts for a poached egg on a slice of toast or some Weetabix.
Lunch usually consists of Greek yoghurt with nuts and seeds or some berries, then for dinner he has chicken breast or steak with salad or broccoli, alongside some carrots.
Simon’s diet overhaul came after joining the Low Carb Program from GroHealth after his diabetes diagnosis. When diagnosed he was told he needed to go on a diet and lose weight.
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He said: “I did a lot of research and scoured the internet and saw that lots of people were achieving impressive results on low carb. Then that’s when I discovered the Low Carb Program, it looked really helpful and the weekly videos made it easy to follow. I’ve managed to stick to it.”
Simon’s motivation is knowing that if he goes back to his old lifestyle then he’s probably risk more health complications. He also has a 17 year old daughter and wants to see her grow up.
His advice to anything starting the Low Carb Program is: “Record everything you eat, count the carbs and if you’re looking to lose weight keep an eye on the calories as well. The food diary is a good tool to use.
“Stick to around 50g of carbs a day, I found that was what helped me. Eat full fat products, low fat products replace the fat with sugar and carbs.
“You can have a drink if you want, just stick to spirits and a diet mixer. A glass of wine is fine but stay away from beer. There’s no reason that you can’t enjoy yourself just because you have diabetes.
“Also, read about the experience of other people with type 2 diabetes and how they managed to reverse it with low carb.”
Diabetes.co.uk explains that reversing diabetes is a term that usually refers to a significant long-term improvement in insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes.
It says: “People with type 2 diabetes that are able to get their HbA1c below 42 mmol/mol without taking diabetes medication are said to have reversed or resolved their diabetes. This is also known as putting diabetes into remission.
“Loss of body weight can be particularly beneficial in helping to reverse the progression of diabetes.
“With time and dedication, type 2 diabetes can be reversed and the results can be very rewarding, with less tiredness and better all-round health.”