A close friend of mine, let’s call him V. came to meet me about nine months back. His family had a long history of Type II Diabetes and its related issues including cardiovascular risk, high blood pressure, hypertension, and weight. His morning fasting blood sugar was in the 140 ml/dl and post lunch this would often shoot up to over 200 ml/dl. Naturally, his long-term average blood sugar, measured by the HbA1c test, was also similarly elevated and was over 9. Clinically, he had diabetes, and a Doctor would have quickly asked him to start on insulin medication with good reason.
His blood sugar levels would jump all over the place, as the food he ate would spike his sugar levels. Insulin would be produced to process loads of sugar in his body, and this would result in a rapid drop in sugar levels. Yes, people with diabetes get hypo (low) sugar as well. Over time, his body would become increasingly intolerant to the insulin, causing his body to need to secrete more and more insulin to compensate. It was a vicious cycle that would in the long-term result in severe complications as progressively his liver, pancreas, kidneys, and heart began to see the effects of trying to keep the body in homeostasis or balance.
While it was recommended that he also exercise, I explained to him that there was still time to get onto an exercise cycle. He should focus on his diet first. We, therefore, worked to change his diet. His new diet included a significant amount of good quality fat from polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats or nuts and seeds. Also, we made sure he ate vegetables, fruits, some dairy and cut back on processed foods.
His morning sugar was the first signal that he was on the right track. His blood sugar levels started to fall to about 120/130 ml/dl. In four months when we checked, his Hba1c had dropped to about 7.6. I was the happy recipient of a phone call last week when he reported that his HbA1c had fallen to 6.6. Remember 6.6 is the clinically accepted threshold for Diabetics. His morning sugar was now 80 ml/dl well below the danger mark. More importantly, his C-Reactive Protein, a sign of inflammation, had fallen to below normal levels. All of this just with the food and diet that I had recommended.
I advised him to continue on this path, and we are now hopeful that he can ultimately reverse his condition. More importantly, he has probably added years of good quality life, lived with good health instead of suffering from the consequences of Type II Diabetes.
Disclaimer: the results can vary widely from person to person, and there is no guarantee of success. Also, I am not a clinical nutritionist, and the possible benefits of Type II Diabetes may or may not occur. For best results, it is always best to combine the advice of a nutritionist like me with clinical information.