Reversing Diabetes with Weight Loss: Stronger Evidence, Bigger Payoff


In an article I read today in Endocrine Web, by Kathleen Doheny

Every year, about 1.5 million Americans learn they have diabetes. However, there are more than 7 million adults who have diabetes but haven’t been diagnosed, according to the American Diabetes Association. This matters since we are learning that the best chance of reversing diabetes seems to occur very early in the onset of the disease. Finding from several recent studies indicate that the timing of diagnosis matters a lot.

If you have diabetes, your doctor may have encouraged you to consider making lifestyle changes; for many, that may include losing weight. While that same message has been discussed for years, recent evidence suggests that achieving about a 10% weight loss may be even more important than experts thought—with a payoff that is greater than previously imagined.

Endocrine Web, by Kathleen Doheny

So you don’t have to lose all your excess weight to get a benefit from weight loss. As noted above, even a weight loss of 10% has a powerful effect on your A1C levels. This should be a great incentive for diabetics who, like me, have been identified as obese, or even merely fat or overweight.

After nearly three months I can say that fasting is making my health a little better, including reductions in A1C but also including things like mobility. I can actually reach down and touch my toes for the first time in a long time. Fungal infections have been radically reduced already. And my sense of hope for the future is significantly better.

What some authors have written about is the profound effect that fasting and weight loss have on the emotional health of a person. This may be something I’m prepared to write about in the future, but right now I feel like I’m on a roller coaster emotionally, really happy with my results one moment, and anxious about further progress the next.

My wife was diagnosed with Type two diabetes about the same time as I started my fasting program. She tried fasting the same amount as did I, but found that she simply couldn’t sustain a fast for so many hours, so she reduced the fasting to 16 hours and also continued to cut carbs and sugar in the rest of the day. Barely two months into her lifestyle change, including the reductions in carbs and sugar, she managed to reduce her A1C from 11+ down to 7.4.

She also lost some weight but not really that much. The thing is that her BMI is a healthy 24 so she really didn’t need to lose weight, as much as she needed to reduce carbs. A ten pound weight loss translated into a radical change in her blood sugars, and indeed in her medication requirements after the test.

I’m really proud of her accomplishment is such a short time, and firmly believe that if she continues in this direction that she will effectively a “non-diabetic” by spring, if not sooner.

I still hover around 215 pounds, but my blood sugars came down to 7.0 from 8.1 two months ago. My family doctor was pretty surprised and pleased with my progress. The biggest thing I keep reminding myself is that Rome wasn’t built in a day. My obesity is the result of 25 or 30 years of overindulging carbs and sugars, and it’s taking me some time to get the weight off. So be it. I already notice and now so are some of friends and family.


7 thoughts on “Reversing Diabetes with Weight Loss: Stronger Evidence, Bigger Payoff

  1. Pingback: Reversing Diabetes with Weight Loss: Stronger Evidence, Bigger Payoff – jcgregsolutions

  2. Wonderful news. You have inspired me, I woke up this morning and drank a cup of hot water with lemon juice. I am eliminating sugar and carbs from my diet this weekend and hope to continue in a better fashion

  3. I still haven’t found my go~to hot drink that doesn’t contain sugar, for I will not take chemicals or honey. I want to find something that is equivalent to a cuppa black coffee or black tea, but so far nothing. Having less is my current stance. If only there was something else, for I have a few wobbly bits that I could do without (not all, just a few).

  4. Dr. Jason Fung, a Canadian physician practicing into Toronto, reverses type two diabetes with fasting. He has helped thousands lose extra weight as well. I’m so happy there are people like you sharing their stories. It gives me hope.

  5. Thank you for sharing this. My teenage son has an apparent ‘fatty liver’ and while we wait for test results and to see a specialist, etc. I’m trying to change his habits to reverse these effects before it develops into diabetes, which does run in my side of the family. Wishing you both all the best.

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