Diabeti illuminati

Terry May, a reader of this blog and a diabetic, posted this wonderful comment on how he reduced his reliance on insulin and is in the process of getting rid of diabetes by banning all wheat from his life:

Before, I was taking 90 units of long-acting insulin at bedtime and 15 to 20 units of rapid-acting with each meal. Glucose was hard to control and I could not get a handle on sugars quite often, especially morning reads. I was physically tired and mentally fatigued.

Since adopting the Wheat Belly approach, 7 weeks ago, I am now taking 30 units of long-acting insulin at bedtime (down from 90) and NO insulin with meals. Yes…that is 30 units total, a reduction of about 100 units daily if one combines the two types I was using.

I have lost 20 pounds, my energy is amazing, mental fatigue is reduced incredibly, I’m sleeping better, I want to get up and get going, I am exercising again.

I went to the diabetes education centre this month and amazed my treatment team. My sugar readings are approaching readings that are as good as when I was non-diabetic. Morning readings such as 5 to 6 [90 to 108 mg/dl] and post meal readings from 6 to 8 [108 to 144 mg/dl) with NO double digit readings in 6 weeks.

I do not care about the debates anymore. I’m 60 years of age now and tired of controversy. “Thank you Dr. William Davis” is my closing comment.

Now there’s something unique…thanking someone for giving you back your quality of life. “The unsophisticated statistician uses statistics as a drunken person uses lamp posts: for support rather than illumination.”

How life-changing is it to go from dosing yourself with insulin injections at high-doses four times a day, to rejecting the conventional notion of “healthy whole grains” and high-carbohydrate eating, to weight loss followed by dramatic reduction in need for insulin down to once-per-day? And, I predict, Terry will be able to say goodbye entirely to insulin, and perhaps any diabetes drug at all, near-future.

I’d say that is pretty damn miraculous. All accomplished with some changes in food choices–no surgery, implantable artificial pancreas, insulin pump, lap band surgery.

By the way, Terry, to maximize the likelihood of saying goodbye to diabetes all the way, aim for no change in blood glucose when comparing pre-meal to the 1-hour post. NO CHANGE. If blood glucose goes up, look at your meal and reduce or remove the culprit carbohydrate food next time. Do this repeatedly and fasting glucose trends downward.

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  1. Phillis

    Totally awesome, Terry! You are absolutely right. When all is said and done, as far as I”m concerned, there are no more debates. The outcomes of eliminating wheat and low-carb repeatedly show the superiority of this lifestyle by the changed lives that are left after adopting it. Terry, your stats speak for themselves!!

    On a humorous note, I just received an e-mail from a friend that was touting how Dr. Oz was promoting eating LOTS of fruit and how fruit is a “wonder” food and we should eat just gobs of them. Of course, I just couldn”t resist and just had to reply with my two cents (well, more like $2 worth, hahahaha!) and told her that Dr. Oz was all wet with that kind of advice. After I gave her a short diatribe I then gave her a links to this website, the Track Your Plaque website, Gary Taubes, and Tom Naughton”s websites. Don”t know if she”ll read them but at least I gave them to her and hopefully, she”ll quit listening to nonsense!!!

    • ”Quit listening to nonsense”? I wish!!!!

      I talked to a sister whose doctor has put her on hormones, and on thyroid medication, and when I mentioned ”wheat free” she immediately said, “No, I”m not allergic to wheat.After all, don”t eat much wheat (like, who”s she kidding?!) And I”ve no problems with acid reflux. It”s just that my hair is falling, my weight is increasing despite exercise . . .” you can imagine the rest.

      I tried telling her to just read before deciding. But, nope, it wasn”t to be.

      I”m frustrated, but what else can I do? I”ve been wheat-free since December 01, and although I am dropping weight, it is slow. But, inches – there”s where I”m dropping them, and most of it around my belly *ADD BIG GRIN HERE*

      I”m praying that when she sees the changes in me, she”ll be inspired to ask me about it. And then I”ll give her this site”s link, and others that have helped me.

      I guess there”s no shoving it down her throat, or anyone else”s for that matter – because until they are ready to hear you, you are talking to their wheat-belly :(

      • Sol y Sombra

        Well, giving up a staple food such as wheat is hard for many, especially for those who aren”t overweight. They just don”t see any need to change the way they eat (after all they don”t need to lose weight…), they prefer to just take their meds and get on with their lives. Besides, wheat is supposed to be quite innocuous – unlike meat, eggs and animal fat… I wish more people understood how crooked the conventional way of thinking about nutrition is.

  2. Wendy

    I just have a quick question. I am about 5”4 and 158lbs, female in her late 30”s. I have noticed that I have become somewhat of a binge eater this past year. If there is a donut on the breakroom table I have at least two and always tell myself that I will do better tomorrow.
    I guess my question is, does wheat/gluten have this effect on people? Does it cause me to feel a need that I can”t only resist but have to have more than one? If this answer is in the book, I apologize, have not gotten that far.

    • Anthony

      Wendy, the long answer is YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just exactly as with other addictions as well: alcohol, tobacco, sugar filled soda/pop/, tea drinks, you name it.

      • Wendy

        Thanks Anthony, I guess that was a bit of a stupid question huh? :)
        Time for me to get reading and to the grocery for a new way of life. Thanks again!

        • Anthony

          Not stupid at all, Wendy. I should have posted “ask me how I know this.” :) You CAN do this. We”ve all wrestled with the cravings, at least those of us who were “hooked” on the metabolic effect of the wheat/grain/starch complex. They do lessen. FWIW, when early on I was in their grip, as it were, I found quite surprisingly that a couple tablespoons of heavy cream with some blueberries, or strawberries, would lessen “withdrawal” symptoms. I don”t reckon that”d work if you are dairy intolerant, as many folks are, but I thought I”d offer it out in case you”re okay with dairy.

          • Wendy

            Actually some dairy does bother me but I have heavy cream in my coffee with no problem, sounds yummy! Processed cheeses are my problem! Thanks for listening and the great info!! :)

          • Uncle Roscoe

            Wendy- “Processed cheeses are my problem!”

            It”s likely the annatto is causing you harm. Try white cheese ……without MSG.

            Annatto is a yellow polyphenol dye. The food industry, medical industry and media outlets all harp on the wonderful “antioxidant” effects of polyphenols. For people who are lessening their dependence on carbohydrates like wheat, antioxidants represent overkill. Polyphenols are harmful to all living cells.

            The first problems with wheat come from its mimicry of harmful digestive microorganisms. These microorganisms thrive on sugar, and are impervious to polyphenols. How is this possible, you ask, if polyphenols are harmful to all living cells? Harmful microorganisms exhibit dormant phases which allow them to wait out the polyphenol onslaught. Polyphenols kill off beneficial microorganisms while the harmful ones remain dormant. After the polyphenols are gone the bad microorganisms flourish, contributing to the same problems which wheat causes.

            For about two decades the mainstream media serenaded us with stories of the benefits of red wine. Resveritrol is the active polyphenol in red wine. A researcher at major university published results of his resveritrol studies in more than 11 major peer review journals.


            Recently an extensive investigation of the researcher concluded that he had simply lied. It found 145 counts of scientific fraud. Polyphenols are BAD. Next I want to see an investigation of the “research” surrounding turmeric and curcumin. There are cancer patients staking their last hope on this tripe.

    • Susan Moles


      When I eat cookies made with wheat, I don”t want more than one, I want ALL the cookies! I would obsess on those goodies until I knew they were gone I worried for my mental health during those times when I used to eat wheat. I really thought I was just greedy and selfish. Now I can, occasionally, have a few wheat-free cookies (usually made with almond flour) and I am satisfied and I don”t obsess at all. That is freedom.


    • Yes, indeed, Wendy.

      It”s the gliadin protein in wheat, the stuff that acts like an opiate and binds to the brain”s opiate receptors. It turns you into a helpless food addict.

    • PJ

      Wendy, Anthony, Susan: I belong to the “no willpower in the face of wheat” club, too. The only amount of wheat I am able to tolerate is zero. Before I eliminated wheat from my diet, I just couldn”t understand why I didn”t stop at one. It”s so much easier to have none than “just one”. That crap is soooo powerful!

      Wendy, it”s definitely NOT a stupid question. It”s the same question that the majority of wheat eaters must be asking themselves. There”s nothing like a “lack of willpower” to make a person feel weak and gluttonous. I was so relieved after reading Dr. Davis” book that it”s not our fault! I feel so much stronger and wiser because now I can just say no to that mind bending, addictive wheat.

      • Wendy

        Thank you PJ, Susan, Anthony and Dr. Davis!!

        I can”t believe wheat can cause such a bad addiction. I do find myself, knowing that sweets or bread is around, I will sit and just think about it, how sad!! Thank you Dr. Davis for making me realize that wheat has pretty much taken over my life!!


    • Sol y Sombra

      Wendy, carbohydrates are strongly addictive, I speak from experience… And by carbohydrates I mean the ones made of dough and/or with sugar in them, not vegetables (well, fruit is addictive too, it”s sweet). What happened to me was I would buy more and more carby food and do it more and more frequently. I couldn”t stop myself, literally. I felt weak and with no will power at all. It felt uncomfortable and embarassing, and yet my body craved carbs.

  3. Nancy

    Dear Dr. Davis, My husband is a diabetic and he uses oral products (Metformin 1000 mg. BID and Glipizide 25 BID).. We have faithfully joined your crusade in rejecting wheat products, whole grains and hi-carb foods since 12/26/11. My husband has lost weight (229 down to 210 #) but his am fasting blood sugars have gone higher than usual (he had readings of 120 – 140) . Now his fasting blood sugars are 174 to 202. WHY? He eats only fresh veggies, good protein (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese); we use olive oil, butter, eggs, cream, seeds and nuts. We have no refined grains or sugars. He does drink diet soda – switched from aspartame to Splenda for his cola or other carbonated drinks. He is getting discouraged with the higher readings. I will follow the suggestion to check blood sugars after eating but can you help me figure out what more I can do to help him have controlled blood sugars and eventually heal from diabetes? He is committed to this health mission as am I. Thank you for your courageous stance and for helping so many people take back their lives and their health.

    • Hi, Nancy–

      No need to be discouraged. This is a great sign!

      It is common during weight loss, when there is a substantial flood of fatty acids from the fat being mobilized into the bloodstream, to see transient rises in blood sugar.

      This will subside and blood sugars will decline sharply once a weight plateau is reached for a couple of weeks.

      • Nancy

        Dear Dr. Davis,
        God Bless you for saying the words “Don”t be discouraged”. My husband was so happy when I told him your explanation! We will continue and we hope to see the trigliceride changes also (he takes pravastatin and tricor) – had very high triglyceride counts and nothing has helped. Now we have hope and a new lease on a healthy retirement with no depression! Thank you with all my heart for your encouragement.

      • MaryMK

        Used a glucometer for the first time today and was horrified to see that after 12 hours of fasting with only coffee and cream for breakfast my reading was 123! I’m not sure what a “normal” reading should be but was shocked and frightened by what seems a high number. I’ve been wheat and sugar free for about a month and expected better news. My husband who drinks a crystalline fructose-loaded (16gm of net carbs from the fructose) shake for breakfast had a reading of only 112 after 2 of drinking it.. He’s gloating and I’m depressed. I hope this is due to the above response from Dr. Davis (fatty acids in the bloodstream although I’ve lost only about 10 lbs.) and doesn’t mean I should race off to see my doctor come Monday morning. I am 63, obese, with metabolic syndrome. I’ve read Wheat Belly twice and don’t recall reading about this in the book but my memory is a bit faulty.

        Does a weight plateau mean my ultimate goal weight or does it mean a plateau during the entire weight loss process. Do these high readings cause damage while the body is releasing the fatty acids and, if so, is there any way to ameliorate the damage because I have a l-o-n-g weight loss road ahead of me. Exercise is a challenge for me because of painful arthritic feet.

        There is good news, however: my GERD is 99% gone! Seems like magic to go from Prilosec to Famotidine to 10 antacids at a time to maybe one or two antacids a day. So, I must be doing something right.

        • Dr. Davis

          Hi, Mary–

          The plateau should last at least 3 weeks for the distortions to subside, including high blood sugar. The only way to blunt these effects, short of liposuction, is to exercise and eat well. In other words, just continue on and don’t sweat it. It is physiologically necessary to go through this. Fat cannot be mobilized by any other means (except a trocar, as in liposuction).

          You husband has no reason to gloat: Fructose is known to NOT raise blood sugar and this is why, just 10-15 years ago, the knuckleheads at the American Diabetes Association suggested that it was the perfect sugar for diabetics. We now know, of course, that fructose’s failure to raise blood sugar conceals an incredible array of health problems that develop over a longer periods, including deteriorating insulin sensitivity, gross distortions of postprandial (after-eating) clearance of lipoproteins (increasing risk for heart disease substantially), extravagant glycation (leading to cataracts, arthritis, heart disease, hypertension). Fructose is, in the words of Dr. Rob Lustig, poison. The less high blood sugar is NO reassurance.

    • Winnie

      Nancy, is it possible the caffeine could be afffecting your husband”s response?

      Nora Gedgaudas who wrote “Primal Body, Primal Mind” is a huge advocate of removing grains from the diet. She says also writes about cross reactivity.

      “cross-reactivity (defined as an immunologic stae in which the body will react to some other substance as if it were gluten).
      Cross-reactivity is a sticky conundrum that needs to be addressed whenever a gluten-free diet is insufficient to ameliorate the symptoms associated with it. Cross-reactive substances can comprise other, supposedly gluten-free grains, similar enough in molecular structure or genetics to cause reactivity in those particularly sensitive. Somewhat more mysteriously, they can also include entirely unrelated compounds that may have an immunologically associateve relationship to gluten, such as casein (actually, surprisingly similar molecularly to gluten) and even coffee in some people. Coffee, in fact, according to the researchers at Cyrex Labs, may be the single most cross-reactive substance of them all.” Source: pg 42 Primal Body, Primal Mind, 2011 Nora Gedgaudas

      • Nancy McGowan

        Thank you, Winnie. My husbands caffeine was in diet colas. Changed him to splenda sweetened Diet-Rite orange and raspberry – no caffeine. He does drink more water, coconut milk, almond milk and less carbonated sodas. And, finally we see his blood sugars coming down!!!. Will never go back – ever. Reversing the diabetes, preventing further destruction caused by wheat/grains/sugar is my goal in life – for both of us. God bless Dr. Davis.

  4. Terry May

    Greetings fellow bloggers. Thanks for the supportive comments. Just a small correction…Terry May is a male in this case. A common mistake believe me given that the name, Terry, is asexual. Even when I applied for graduate school, they replied to me with a Dear Ms. Terry May acceptance letter and I had to call them to set the record straight… with a smile of course. Gender, however, makes no difference in terms of the outcomes I have experienced since adopting the Wheat Belly approach. I have thanked Dr. Davis and now again say thanks for the added information. “NO CHANGE in blood glucose”…now that”s an interesting elucidation. Well… it looks like there is more to learn about re-thinking the traditional ideas related to diabetes management. I”m loving the new journey nevertheless.
    Terry May

    • Ooops. My apologies, Terry.

      Wheat removal can achieve many things, but I don”t believe it has ever accomplished a gender change!

      I will correct.

    • PJ

      Hey, Terry May, Sir! I love reading about results like yours on these blogs. Even though I was never diabetic or prediabetic, aiming for NO CHANGE in blood glucose can be enlightening. It sure shows you what foods you can be sensitive to. For me it”s green beans, of all things. A serving will shoot my blood sugar up 10-15 points, yet a sweet potato only raises it about 5 points. I don”t question it any more, I just eliminate foods that have a noticable effect on my glucose readings. It”s actually kinda” fun to see what meals have what effect. Yea for steak, eggs, sour cream and butter!

  5. hitfan

    I”ve been “wheat free” since Friday, January 27. But I did “fall of the wagon” by having a piece of cake on Saturday, however. Hopefully, that will be the last time I do so but I won”t get discouraged if I do again. I am taking the aspirational approach instead of going for perfection.

    I”ve noticed the following changes in myself

    -I”ve shed 5 pounds
    -I am more alert and energetic
    -My bowel movements are much less unpleasant
    -My psoriatic arthritis seems to be more manageable. In fact, I woke up today and the pain in my finger joints was far less than usual. I”m hoping that my skin psoriasis will improve and get rid of the few stubbon skin lesions that remain (it”s mostly been in remission)
    -I don”t suffer as much of a foul temper that I normally do.
    -My head is MUCH clearer.

    The last point is most pertinent. I never realized until recently that I had “brain fog” for most of my life (I”m 38). I always assumed that this state of mind that I”ve been under was a normal state of affairs and I really didn”t know any better.

    I work nights, and today I only slept three and a half hours. Normally, I would dread going to work with so little sleep. But when I woke up, I actually felt refreshed and looking forward to take on the day (or night!).

    The catalyst for going ”wheat free” was reading several blogs and websites about diets in trying to find a way to improve my overall health by changing my eating habits. Of the following diets:

    -South Beach, etc.
    -Wheat Belly

    … all seem to have one thing in common: AVOID WHEAT. In fact, just changing that one thing will pay off huge dividends. I went to Wendy”s today, ordered a Triple Baconator burger with garden salad and diet coke. I tossed out the bun and the croutons.

    True, fast food and bacon are ”bad” foods according to your list ((ie: http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2011/10/wheat-belly-quick-and-dirty/ ), but I still got huge benefits IN SPITE OF eating them, because I have simply avoided wheat.

    Thank you so much for all that you do, your website has encapsulated and connected what many other diets have tried to articulate.

    • hitfan

      Another thing I”ve observed with wheat.

      Ever notice when eating something with wheat, that one doesn”t really feel satisfied? Sure, it tastes great. But TRY just having one cookie. Unless you gorge yourself until you”re bloated, you will want to continue to eat cookies, crackers, bread, etc.

      I was at a conference today, and it just so happened that I hadn”t eaten in twelve hours near the end of it. I only had slight discomfort regarding the lack of food. Normally, I would suffer unbelievable hunger pangs under such circumstances.

      • jane

        I have had the same reaction. Having a meal delayed by a few hours is not a big deal anymore.

        I remember in the ” before Wheat Belly days”, the times I was the most hungry was on days where I spent the enire day grazing. Every year when I go to the company picnic. Eating hot dogs, brats, chips, pie, cookies, ice crean sandwiches and drinking beer. I would come home, and be just famished. After spending all day eating I would come home and eat everything that wasn”t nailed down.
        Now I know how to control that run away appetite.

        Thank you Dr. Davis!

        • hitfan

          I just came back from buying groceries — being conscious of not buying anything that could be construed as containing wheat. I bought mostly meats, eggs, vegetables and some fruit.

          I did buy myself one small indulgence, “Panda Puffs” which is a brand of cereal that says ”gluten free” on the box. It”s basically corn meal with peanut butter (all ”organic”)

          I just ate a bowl of it, and while I felt slightly guilty about eating those carbs, a funny thing happened. I did not rush to pour myself a second one as I am often want to do with traditional breakfast cereals.

          I won”t eat the stuff every day (it”s much more expensive than regular cereal anyway). But once in a while, I think it will be OK.

          • Boundless

            > … cereal that says ”gluten free” on the box.

            Caution: any container that has the GF claim needs to be assumed to be “excessively high carb and probably too low in fat, if not protein as well”, and all too often excessively high dangerous carb (e.g. fructose), until you know otherwise from studying the ingredient list.

            Makers of GF products typically are only aware of one quarter to one third of the big picture.

          • Well said, Boundless.

            As a general rule, manufacturers of food have only a rudimentary understanding of the effects of foods. They might be expert at using preservatives or extending shelf life, but not necessarily in nutrition for health.

          • hitfan

            I agree Boundless and Dr. Davis, I will assume that the GF cereal I purchased should be only consumed as an occasional indulgence and keep that in mind.

            I bought it as part of my first ”wheat free” shopping experience at the grocery store, it was the only compromise with my old habits. I will likely not buy another after I finish the box.

            I woke up today and had eggs and ham. I”m not sure if it”s because of my wheat-free euphoria, but they tasted much better than they normally.

        • For some people, Jane, the increase in consumption may be more than 400 calories per day.

          Think how many people continue to beat themselves up, lamenting their lack of self control, when it”s just this crazy thing in their diet, the gliadin protein of wheat.

    • That”s great, Hit!

      I”m especially interested in seeing how the psoriatic arthritis experience plays out. Please update us on how far your relief goes.

      Yes, many diets start with wheat elimination, then re-embrace it, since they are, after all, “healthy whole grains.” Stay wheat-free and the upfront benefits continue.

      • hitfan

        I woke up on Day 7 of being wheat-free (Day 5, if you count the single piece of cake I had on Saturday) and the pain in my hands and my toes was much, much, much less compared to days prior.

        My pre-wheat free bodyweight was 223 lbs. I weighed myself today and I am down to 215. It can”t just be caloric reduction–because my pre-wheat free daily intake was 3000 calories, I”m now eating about 2500 a day. To account for 8 pounds of weight loss, you”d need a calorie deficit of 28000 calories or so! I expect my weight loss to plateau at some point. I”ll be very satisfied to get my bodyweight down to 200.

        I feel renewed vigor, and I look forward to my next weightlifting workout. For the past few years I”ve been struggling to fight through arthritic pain to lift a barbell. Prior to getting psoriatic arthritis in my hands I was deadlifting close to 400 lbs. I”m looking forward to lifting heavy weights that I haven”t lifted in years.

        Dr. Davis, I cannot thank you enough. I”m seriously considering just dropping my weekly methotrexate injections altogether.

  6. CindyH

    Maybe folks at the education centre will start paying attention — spread the word!
    I recently got a chuckle from my 86-year-old dad (who exercises 3 times a week at a gym, believes in everything in moderation and has always watched his weight). After I talked with him about Wheat Belly he began to reduce the amount of whole wheat he is eating and dropped 3 pounds “effortlessly” he says. Then he read an article in some magazine about wheat and when he went to the doctor, his doctor wanted to know more … so he sent the article to his doc. He brought me a copy and guess who the author was? Dr. Davis, of course! More spreading the word!
    (of course it irritates me that he lost weight effortlessly because I”m wheat free and haven”t had that reaction darn it!).

  7. Phillis

    This is exactly what I have experienced since going low-carb and hence, wheat and grain free! Before I started my own journey I constantly thought (more like obsessed) about food ALL OF THE TIME!! Food was always in the back of my mind 24/7. Even when I had just eaten a huge meal I was back in the kitchen and grazing not more than 10 minutes later. I began to think that there was something seriously wrong with me not realizing how close I was. It was most certainly like an addiction!!! But it wasn”t until I was linked to this website that I finally understood what my problem was. I had already lost quite a bit of weight and resolved a great many health problems low-carbing but had not completely turned away from wheat-containing food so I still had a few residual problems. A lot of low-carb foods such as tortillas, etc., still have wheat flour in them but have a lot of soy flour added to cut the carb count so I was still ingesting wheat.. It was through this website and reading the Wheat Belly book that I found out that not only was wheat a problem for me but apparently my entire biological family has had serious wheat problems including a lot of the most destructive ones. Even though I had resolved some problems I was probably setting myself up in the long run for future ones as the wheat continued to do it”s destructive work.

  8. hitfan

    Apologies in advance for hijacking this blog post with my own anectodal success so far after seven days of being wheat-free, but I just came back from the gym.

    The dumbbells felt _lighter_ in my hands, and my cardio vascular capacity has vastly improved.

    It”s as if I”ve been injected with human growth hormone, anabolic steroids and found the proverbial Elixir of Youth as told in the Epic of Gilgamesh.

    Wheat free just works.

    Thank you!

  9. Julie L

    Wendy, I know just how you feel! I spent a day skiing in Aspen (on a free trip for work!) obsessing over how I could get back to the free plate of Oreos at the bottom of the ski lift. The ENTIRE day. That is the power of the grip it had over me! No more, by the way. We have bags of Oreos and Reeses peanut butter cups in the office kitchen and I only remember they are there if I happen to see them. Even when I see them, I don”t want them or give them a second thought. Yay! Freedom!

    • It is indeed a very powerful pull this thing can have over us.

      Once you recognize it for what it is–a genuine physiologic process from the gliadin protein, cleverly used to the advantage of Big Food–you are indeed set free.

  10. Louise

    Hitfan, ANother occasional indulgence idea, instead of the GF cereal: 85% dark chocolate with a handful of walnuts or almonds or anykind of nuts.. Can”t beat that!

  11. Neicee

    Louise, I found Godiva makes a great 85% bar. It”s bitter, but good. Got it at a discount store for $2.50 @ 3.5 oz…

  12. Maria

    I began eating wheat and sugar free about a month ago in the effort to lower my blood sugar levels. I am currently on 1000mg Metformin as well as Januvia. Before starting, my levels were 9-12 before meals. 11-14after. I am so happy to see my levels dropping to 5-6 before meals and usually quite similar after meals. At what point do I need to start thinking about lowering my meds. I have not had drops below 4 and I have been feeling great.

    • Now, Maria!

      Very nice results for your first 4 weeks. Now why didn”t your doctor tell you that you had a readily CURABLE condition, rather than treat you with medication?

  13. Maria

    I can”t believe he almost started me on insulin last visit! I guess I will have some Wheat Belly explaining to do at my next visit. Thank you Dr. Davis!

  14. Biz

    I am slightly confused and hoping you can help. I have many of my clients testing now and i am not quite sure if this “hour after” should be one hour after you START eating or one hour after you FINISH a meal. I am encouraging all to keep their numbers under 100 regardless. Can someone help?

  15. Diane

    I have followed the Atkins diet with great success in the past, lasted over a year. I have more energy, less aches and pains and I just feel healthier without wheat.I found I slept better, breathed better and so many positive changes. The reason I have failed, I struggle with breakfasts. I love eggs but found I was sick of them. I missed cereal, pancakes. waffles, toast. I work shift work and meal preparation needs to be quick and easy, and more often than not, a quick grab! How does everyone do it? Breakfast has always been my favourite meal of the day and I began to hate it the most.

  16. Rose

    You are such a blessing Dr. Davis! You just have no idea what a blessing you have been in my husbands and my life! I’m sitting here reading all these comments, laughing and giggling at the good that is happening in these folks lives and how encouraging you are and the sweet points you make. Yeah and WHY didn’t mine say it can be cured with diet instead of drugs. BUT you know at the time I probably would not have listened. Seriously I probably wouldn’t have. :-( Anyway this is just so exciting!

    • Dr. Davis

      Hi, Rose–

      Taken in their entirety, as well as one by one, the stories posted here are truly incredible.

      And feel free to add yours and that of your husband’s!