When I wrote my book “Sickcare: How Big Food and Big Pharma Destroy Your Health,” I bragged about how healthy I was. Well, I jinxed myself! LOL. Few months ago, I found myself peeing a lot at night; and I was incredulous when I got the results of the blood glucose test. I was not only diabetic but off the chart as if I was an obese, junk-food addict — the fasting sugar number was whopping 292 mg/dl! (The normal should be around 80 mg/dl).
I eat mostly organic whole foods and avoid all ultra-processed food and sugary drinks. I had not gained any weight in the last few years, and I was healthy in every other way. How could this happen??? Well, it turns out that I love carbs too much. There is a limit to even healthy fruits and whole flour, especially when you get old. Thus, I am one of those skinny diabetic! Healthy on the outside, but sugary inside.
After I joined the 40 million diabetic Americans, I looked into my options. Not surprisingly, all the advise from the mainstream medical community was that diabetes is incurable and progressive – meaning that it only gets worse and worse. Even seemingly respectable orgs like the American Diabetes Association peddled the same disinformation. The only recommendations were drugs like metformin and eventually insulin. It was gloomy and depressing!
Of course, I decided to challenge this Big Pharma propaganda. These drugs would make me dependent on them for life. They don’t cure the underlying problems, and they also have numerous side effects.
I did a lot of research on various diabetes reversal programs. While the popular ones had some good suggestions, they were also deeply flawed, with a lot of emphasis on low-fat diet, and full of unscientific fears about saturated fat, animal fat, and cholesterol. Many even focus exclusively on plant-based and vegan diets.
Thus, I had to pick and choose the wisdom and create my own diabetes program.
Well, fast forward to now, my fasting blood sugar has dropped by more than 50% to 138 mg/dl. I am quite positive that I will reach the normal range within the next month.
Update: On July 1, my glucose level reached 106, which is technically “pre-diabetes” and almost normal. 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻
Here’s how I reversed the “irreversible” diabetes.
Low-carb Diet: This is a no-brainer, really. All carbs — even the good ones with a lot of fiber — get broken down to glucose by our body. And when a person becomes insulin-resistant, the sugar in the blood doesn’t get inside the fat cells easily. Thus, the glucose stays in the blood. (The second possibility is that the body doesn’t produce enough insulin. However, my test showed that this is not a problem for me).
So, I drastically cut down on fruits, oatmeal, pasta, bread, rice etc. It has not been easy, for sure, since I have loved carbs all my life!
High-fat Diet: If you cut down on carbs, you have to replace it with something else. And the only two choices are fat and protein. However, for most people, protein cannot be more than 20-30% of daily calories. Thus, the only option for diabetics is a high-fat diet. Unfortunately, many diabetes programs still recommend getting 50-60% of calories from carbs. That’s insane. And no wonder that these programs also push drugs like metformin.
There is no optimal ratio for calories, and each person has to decide what works the best for them. My choice for low-fat, high-carbohydrate (LCHF) diet is shown below:
The YouTube channel, Low Carb Down Under, has many informative videos that gave me the confidence in trying a high-fat diet. The two people I found to be most helpful are Nina Teicholz and Prof. Tim Noakes. The mainstream dogma has demonized fat so long that it’s not easy to get over lipophobia — fear of fat.
My diet now includes tons of fat, dairy (butter, cheese, yogurt), nuts, meat and fish. My coffee gets two tablespoons of organic butter. I generously add ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, hemp oil etc. to all my meals. Of course, there is no refined or processed oil, especially “vegetable” oils like soy, corn, Canola, and cottonseed. Preferred oils have adjectives like organic, cold-pressed and virgin.
As for cheese, stick to organic or European cheese, since the regular American cheese is fake cheese with a lot of seed oils. Eating salads with healthy cheese is a good way to ensure we get enough fiber in a low-carb diet. Good fish like salmon and sardines are also very crucial in this diet.
I have also been eating lots of organic eggs. Yes, 3-4 a day with yolks. Most people don’t realize that our liver makes 2000 mg of cholesterol every day — that’s equivalent to 10 egg yolks!
BTW, notice that all these fatty foods have virtually zero glycemic index.
And guess what, after four months of this high-fat, high-saturated fat, and high-cholesterol diet, my HDL (“good”) cholesterol has gone up and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol is down. More importantly, triglycerides — the fat in the blood — has actually gone down a bit! Imagine that.
(I explain in details in my book how the war on saturated fat was irrationally started in the 1950s and has been perpetrated since then by corporations that peddle junk food, sugar, grains, and GMO seed oils. Think Coca Cola, Kellogg’s, Procter & Gamble, Cargill, ADM, Monsanto/Bayer etc. All the academics and government scientists are all bought and paid-for by these corporate interests).
Intermittent Fasting: At least once a week, I skip dinner. And 2-3 times a week, I have been skipping breakfast or just having my coffee+butter. This is a great way to force your body to burn sugar and fat, while giving your pancreas a break from producing insulin.
Exercise: I should be more disciplined about exercise. I am sure that if I hit the gym every day, my progress would be much better. However, my at-home exercises with 5- and 10-lb dumbbells have been quite effective in burning calories. I do these exercises for just a few minutes 3-4 times a day. Also, if I am watching Netflix, I just walk for 30-45 minutes while watching the show. Basically, it’s all about burning calories all day long. Building muscles is also essential for diabetics, since muscle cells store glucose as glycogen — it’s the best way to remove glucose from the blood.
This has not been an easy journey. I am still fine-tuning and figuring out what works for me. Doctors and the mainstream medical community are clueless and can only repeat what they are programmed with.
One problem I am still trying to resolve is the sense of low energy. The beautiful thing about carb is the quick spurt of energy — it’s no surprise that energy drinks like Redbull are full of sugar. Breaking down fat and protein is a slow, arduous task. Also, sugar acts on the reward center of brain just like cocaine! Thus, low-carb diet with no added sugar can create fatigue. Hopefully, at some point, I can slowly start adding more carb to my (ketogenic) diet.
Also, reducing bread, pasta, nutritious whole flour, rice etc. also means one can become deficient in certain minerals and vitamins. Thus, eating becomes an art for the diabetics.
Thanks to Big Pharma and food/agri corporations, everyone is more at risk for diabetes. And when people get diabetes, they are told big lies about how the disease is not reversible. Thus, hundreds of millions of people around the world are turned into lifelong consumers of pills. However, for most people, there might be a holistic, healthy and a cheap solution to stop and reverse diabetes.
If you have prediabetes or diabetes, hopefully you found this article useful. Feel free to share your experience in the comment section as well. When I reach the glucose level of 90, I will update with a new blog post.
— Chris Kanthan