Diabetes: Cured

darMa left this great story of diabetes reversed–CURED–in the Wheat Belly Blog comments.

Diabetes is generating double-digit revenue growth for the pharmaceutical industry in the midst of a recession. It is a booming industry, doctors writing prescriptions for Actos, Januvia, Januvamet, Byetta, Levamir, NovoLog, etc. every day.

So why doesn’t anybody tell you that diabetes is curable in the majority—with diet?

I was a 58 year old diabetic on Avandia, Diovan and Zetia and having multiple annoying and painful side effects and I’d been reading about the possible dangers of the Avandia.

I was looking for answers when I happened upon Dr. Eades’ blog which led to Tom Naughton and your Heart Scan Blog. Ironically, the first blog post of yours I read was a 2/22/08 post on diabetes meds. Your genuine compassion and concern for your patients and willingness to LISTEN to them was very apparent so I started reading everything you’d written. I immediately cut the carbs and quit the wheat/grains and waited for my next appointment while weaning myself off the meds.

At my next appointment, I told the doctor (fairly new to me) about the side effects and weaning off the meds. He was not a happy camper and dramatically stated “It’s Avandia or insulin!”. However, not 10 minutes later, as he was about to go to his next patient, he said my A1C was 5.8 so I could “try” no diabetes meds. I was thrilled – this meant the low carb/no grain diet was working!

It took me a while to notice some of the other benefits – no IBS, no migraines, the dry, flaky skin I’d had all my life was gone, excessive flatulence gone, 30 pounds gone without even trying, thankfully those side effects eventually disappeared, I can breathe through both sides of my nose again!! (which I would never have dreamed could be cured by simply not eating wheat!), BP down, HDL up and many more that I notice from time to time.

So here I am today, now 61, on no medications (I do take the supplements recommended by you & Dr. Eades) and my A1C at my physical earlier this month matched the one from last year’s physical – 4.7. I was telling the doctor how many of my health problems had disappeared when I changed my diet. He said yes, it was amazing what changing your diet could do. Since he is a pretty heavy guy, I keep wishing he’d ask me what exactly I changed, but he never does. It’s a shame because he could certainly benefit from your advice and/or at least try to talk his other diabetic patients into cleaning up their diets (including my 2 sisters, who will listen to the doctor but not to their now slim and healthy.little sis..).

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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69 Responses to Diabetes: Cured

  1. Beth says:

    Spirulina and Chrorella clear diabetic neuropathy very nicely….I have tested it twice when I have had neuropathy in my thigh….both times cleared right up

  2. janna neel says:

    I have been following the wheat free receipes for over two weeks. I have gotten very bloated and constipated! I did start taking probiotics which is starting to help. But I do have another issue , I have type 2 diabetes, pretty well controlled on metformin. Since Ive gone wheat free my blood sugars have gone up?? I have stayed away from any other carbs besides the ones in the wheatbelly cookbook. Any suggestions, I don`t want to give up the diet but I might have too if the blood sugars don`t stablize!! Help

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Provided you are indulging in carbohydrates, Janna, the rise in blood sugars is most commonly due to the flood of fatty acids that develops normally from weight loss.

      In other words, as you lose tummy fat, the stored energy is released into the bloodstream as fatty acids and triglycerides, which block insulin and cause blood sugar to rise during weight loss. Once weight has plateaued, then blood sugars really start to drop.