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Low Carb Numbers Don’t Lie

As a Financial Professional by trade, one thing I’ve come to learn is that numbers don’t lie. It’s now been a little over 3 months since I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, and also 3 months since I implemented the low carb lifestyle, so a lab test was due.

Both my doctor and I are pleased with the results.

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As anyone who has been on a low carb diet can attest to, your blood sugar number will certainly improve. How can it NOT when you’re not forcing your body to produce excessive insulin due to excessive carbohydrate consumption. As the chart above shows, that’s exactly what happen. On December 13, 2016 my Hemoglobin A1C was at 11.9%, which is definitely in the full blown diabetes category. As the guidelines state “ADA recommends reevaluation of therapy:>8.0%.”

After just 3 months of implementing the old low carb strategies the Hemoglobin A1C number is now at 6.1%, which is almost normal. According to the guidelines, “Increased risk for future Diabetes.” I don’t know about you, but it looks to me like the Diabetes has been reversed. In fact according to the numbers, I am just 0.6% away from the “Non-Diabetic patient” category.

Now, for everyone out there that consistently bashes low carb diets, due to the “It’s bad for your health, and will increase your cholesterol idea.” Here are the results of eating a low carb, high fat diet over the last 3 months.

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As you can see from the graph, the Cholesterol total went down from a previous 325 to 232 mg/dL, HDL increased from 29 to 36 mg/dL, and my personal favorite, the Triglycerides , whichcame down from a whopping 1499 to 133 mg/dL.

Overall, I can say with complete confidence that the Low Carb Lifestyle is not just a strategy to help you get ripped for a bodybuilding contest, but also a great strategy to improve your health.

Reversing Diabetes

So what is the plan? You’ve now been diagnosed with type II diabetes. Your doctor has recommended you go on a 2,000 calorie a day SAD (Standard American Diet), and start testing your glucose level daily.
Your doctor has also put you on Metformin, to help reduce your glucose level, and suggests that if you reduce your weight, your numbers will improve.

If you are a type II diabetic, you’ve probably heard this story before. This is exactly what happen to me at the end of 2016.

So, where do you go from there? Unfortunately, many people will just do, exactly as the doctor recommends.

The general thinking is that the doctor is a trained professional with the expertise to treat the symptoms of type II diabetes. Which is true! The symptoms of type II diabetes is typically hyperglycemia (high blood glucose or blood sugar). So it would make sense that using medication to help reduce glucose/blood sugar levels would help control the symptoms. Wich it will.

However, for me personally, I didn’t, and don’t want to just treat and manage the symptoms. I want to reverse the Diabetes.

Unfortunately, if I went ahead and followed the SAD (Standard American Diet), high carb diet, I don’t believe it would ever reverse the diabetes, but only control the symptoms.

As a natural bodybuilder with years of experience with low carb dieting for contest preparation and overall weight loss, I told my doctor that, “I’ve used the low carb method in the past, and always had good results.” His initial response was like many people, stating that it was not healthy in the long-run, would cause  high cholesterol, and also commented that Dr. Robert Atkins death was due to heart disease. He still provided me with a Standard American Diet brohure, and also recommended the MyFitnessPal app to help track my calories.

However, he was not opposed to me using the low carb method initially to get the blood sugar under control. So I took that as a go! I still went ahead and bought the MyFitnessPal app for $40, contemplated using it, then said to myself,  “I’m sticking to my previous fat loss strategies of low carbs and non caloric tracking.”

Since I have accumulated a number of journals, which I kept evwrytime I prepared for a bodybuilding competition, I figured I had a bit of an edge. In fact I’ve recently published my very first competition journal from 1996 on Amazon.

That very day, after leaving the doctor’s office I began implementing the low carb lifestyle. I essentially eliminated all starchy (bread, pasta, potatoes, etc.) & sugary carbs (pretty much all sweets) from my diet, while continuing to eat various protein sources (beef, chicken, fish, eggs, sausage, bacon, etc.).

In the last 3 months I’ve lost about 20 lbs. More importantly is that I’ve managed to keep my blood sugar in the normal range.

I’ve also reduce the Metformin to a minimal dose of 500 mg per day. I actually did layoff the Metformin for about a month, while still managing to keep the blood sugar in the normal range. However, within the last few weeks I’ve added the 500 mg a day dose back, just to see how much it actually improves the blood sugar.

One thing I can say with absolute confidence is that, “the low carb lifestyle works, not only for weight loss, but also for managing diabetes.”

Have I cured my diabetes? That I cannot necessarily say yet. Have I reversed the symptoms of diabetes? Absolutely! Will I continue on my journey of reversing diabetes, through a low carb lifestyle? You better believe it!

As a Financial Advisor by trade, one thing I do know is that numbers don’t lie. For a diabetic, the most commonly monitors number is your A1C number. Which is basically your average blood sugar levels over the last 3 months. Since I’ve now been following the low carb lifestyle for the past 3 months (as of yesterday), since bring diagnosed I am due for an updated lab report.

Once that has been done, I will provide an update on the actual lab results of 3 months following a low carb lifestyle. Until then!

Photo taken in 2003, after e 2003 Aloha Natural Muscle Classic.

 

Got Diabetes?

I come from a family with a history of diabetes. My mother died at the age of 50 due to complications from diabetes. My father, though he did not have diabetes when he was young, he did develop it as he got older. Two of my three sisters also have diabetes, both of which were diagnosed at fairly young ages. I have also recently learned that my grandmother on my fathers side, also had diabetes.

Based on my family history, and seeing first hand what diabetes did to my mother, I have always been aware of the possibility that i could one day develop diabetes as well. For that reason i have always tried to stick to a consistent workout schedule, even if only 1 day a week. However, my eating habits have not always been as proactive as my workout regimen.

In 2013 I went to the doctor for a checkup, after postponing it for years. I’ve never been a big fan of going to the doctor, as I see them as more or less legalized drug dealers, but a physical was way overdue. It had probably been 10 years, since my last check up, so i thought I should just do it, given my family history.

When the lab results came in, it was then that I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, along with elevated cholesterol, primarily due to diabetes.

My doctor then put me on oral medications to help control both the blood sugar, and cholesterol. However, he was more concerned about my weight, which was elevated. He said, “if you reduce your weight, your blood sugars will get better, which will also help to get the cholesterol under control.”

As a natural bodybuilder I was determined to drop body fat and get my health back in order. So I told him, “give me 3 months, and I’ll drop weight, and get my glucose and cholesterol numbers back into the normal range.” He was very supportive of my determination, and of my low carb strategy, to get it done.

The doctor was also a Christian, and knew that I was as well. One of the strategies that he also recommend for dropping weight, and improving health was fasting.

I cut the carbs, and started fasting once a week. After about 3 months I had dropped about 25 lbs. and had gotten my glucose and cholesterol back in to the normal range. In addition, I had also stopped taking the medications.

As a bodybuilder, one of the worst habits I had gotten myself into over the years, was the yo-yo dieting. I would spend 3-4 months on very strict low carb diets to get into contest shape, then eat whatever I wanted once the contest was over. As a result, after each contest my weight would slowly climb back to where it was prior to the contest preparation, in addition to an extra 5-10 lbs.

Though I was pretty successful at reducing my body-fat, and getting my glucose & cholesterol levels under control in 2013, I later went back to eating whatever I wanted, primarily adding back excessive carbs. As a result, the weight slowly climbed up again.

On December 15, 2016 I was finally diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, after having a fasting glucose level of 300. As much as I was devastated I was not quite shocked, given my family history and eating habits.

Since that day I have found new motivation, and a renewed commitment to the low carb diet. However, the renewed commitment to low carbs, is to now make it a lifestyle.

This page is dedicated to that lifestyle, and the ongoing research on the low carb lifestyle, and not just it’s fat burning benefits, but it’s health and wellness benefits, and ability to control and reverse diabetes.

Much Aloha!