That's what happened to me. In late 2017 I became extremely sick with digestive issues and went to the emergency room at the VA hospital in Leavenworth Kansas. They ran a series of tests on me and conducted a colonoscopy. I was 5' 10" 285 pounds and had damaged my stomach lining with repeated high doses of Ibuprofen (Advil). Prior to the colonoscopy I already had severe obesity, fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, acid reflux (heartburn), high triglycerides and sleep apnea.
|Prior to colonoscopy|
Then I got lucky:
But before I left, the doctor looked around to make sure no one was watching and she whispered to me "unofficially" that if I wanted to beat diabetes I would have to severely restrict my carbohydrates. She said it was the sugar that was raising my triglycerides and blood glucose, not the fat.
I said, "Ok Ma'am, I'll do my best," and she stopped me and said harshly, "You don't understand; you can only have 30 grams of carbohydrates a day, and 1 piece of bread has 27 grams."
I left the VA that day in shock, my head was spinning. I went home and thought about what she had told me. I took the blood glucose kit (Accu-Chek) out and read the instructions, I even pricked my finger and tested my blood again. I really didn't like the idea of pricking my finger for the rest of my life, it didn't feel very good. At that point I got depressed, my grandfather and uncle both died of diabetes and a good friend of mine just had his foot amputated due to diabetes.
I was knowledgeable about the life of a diabetic, I had seen a lot of pain and misery associated with diabetes. I see some of them forced to drive around in those little carts inside Walmart because they can't walk anymore. I felt I had so much that I still wanted to do with my life, I wasn't ready to have a foot amputated.
|Showing off my 285 pounds|
I wasn't really familiar with the Ketogenic Diet. So I started researching this diet that didn't allow bread. I found out it was called the Ketogenic or Low carbohydrate diet. The research that I did gave me hope. I learned that thousands of people lost weight and reversed diabetes with this diet.
The more I read and learned, the more determined I got. I read two books right away. "The Keto Reset Diet" by Mark Sisson and "The Obesity Code" by Dr. Jason Fung. I also watched an eye-opening documentary called "The Magic Pill".
I also watched an amazing webinar sponsored by BYU called "The Plagues of Prosperity" by Dr. Benjamin Bikman. Dr. Bikman is a Physiology & Developmental Biology Assistant Professor and expert on insulin and glucagon.
I also researched Virta Health. They have a clinic that specializes in the reversal of type 2 diabetes with a clinically controlled Ketogenic Diet. They have achieved a 60% reversal in type 2 diabetes and a reduction of 1.3 % of A1C after 1 year. They have also seen a 39% reduction in inflammation and a 24% reduction in triglycerides. Their Ketogenic Diet has also helped people achieve a 29% improvement in liver function and a 55% improvement in insulin resistance. Virta Health is the first clinically-proven treatment to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes without medications or surgery.
Then I heard about Dr. Sarah Hallberg. Her well-known webinar on reversing type 2 diabetes has had over 4.4 million views on Youtube. She's not a quack, Dr. Hallberg's credentials include: Board Certified Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Board Certified Obesity Medicine by American Board of Obesity Medicine, Board Certified in Lipidology by American Board of Clinical Lipidology, an ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist. An expert in Lipidology is called a "lipidologist." A lipidologist is a doctor who has received specific training in cholesterol management. So if the Ketogenic Diet dangerously raises harmful cholesterol, Dr. Hallberg would know.
So on and on I read and watched and learned and started implementing what I was learning. It started working almost immediately. Initially, I lost water weight and the swelling went down in my face, ankles, and fingers. I didn't get the Keto Flu, but for about the first 3 weeks I felt drained and my strength definitely went down in the gym. I became fat-adapted at about the 4-week mark and started intermittent fasting. About 4 days a week I only eat one meal a day (OMAD). I drink a large bulletproof coffee every morning with Kerrygold butter, coconut oil, MCT oil, cocoa powder, and collagen peptides. I then skip lunch on most days and eat a delicious low carb Keto meal for dinner.
The proof is in the pudding: Keto Works!
It's been 8 months and I weigh 210 pounds. I've lost 75 pounds, but most importantly I am completely healthy, not taking any medication and feel great. All my biomarkers are now at a normal level. The Ketogenic diet has reversed my diabetes, fatty liver, and my blood pressure and triglycerides are ideal.
Lowering my sugar and carbohydrates has also had other positive impacts on my health. My arthritis is gone in my knees, my psoriasis and dandruff are gone and my skin tags have disappeared. I also used to suffer from frequent urination and heartburn, both gone. Yes, Keto can improve digestion if done properly.
Now, I suffer from very few sugar cravings and can easily miss meals (fast) and not get hungry. I also have much more energy and better focus than I had when I was addicted to a high sugar diet. My life has changed for the better. I've answered the age-old question of how to prevent and reverse obesity.
I am now committed to helping others, I started a Ketogenicinfo YouTube Channel to help spread the life-saving benefits of the Ketogenic Diet. I also created this website to provide information on the Ketogenic Diet and started the Ketogenic Diet Information group on facebook to provide support for those looking to get started and ask questions.
PS: I never went to see the VA nutritionist.