Approximately 27 million people in the United States deal with type 2 diabetes on an everyday basis. (1) Among those that are affected in the world, one man by the name of Osvaldo Quiroga shares an inspirational story of how he took drastic health measures to relieve himself of this life-long disease.
Here is Osvaldo’s transformation story on how he was able to reverse his type 2 diabetes using a combination of intermittent fasting, a ketogenic diet and exercise in two and a half months.
Disclaimer: Although Osvaldo’s research, consultation with other doctors, and personal methods have worked extremely well for him regarding his case, remember to consult your own doctor before following any strict diets and plans. Everyone’s case is different so take extreme precaution and ensure you discuss with your doctor any changes you would like to make regarding your health.
Reversing Type 2 Diabets: Osvaldo’s Testimony
On June 1, 2017, Osvaldo paid his doctor a visit and was informed that his blood sugar had risen to HbA1c of 73 mmol/mol (8.8%) and was recommended to start taking insulin. At the time, Osvaldo was already taking Metformin (850mg) three times a day and Glimepiride 4mg in the morning since he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes back in 2012.
For reference, Metformin and Glimepiride are diabetes medicines that help control blood sugar levels and are used together with diet and exercise to treat type 2 diabetes. (2, 3)
He said, “I told [the doctor] that I didn’t want to take insulin… he said that we needed to book another appointment within three months to see whether the blood sugar (as measured by HbA1c) had been lowered to approximately 52 mmol/mol (6.9%) which is what they recommend for people with the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and if that didn’t happen he would have to prescribe insulin.”
Osvaldo began looking for an alternative treatment to cure his disease and came across a YouTube video about reversing type 2 diabetes and further researched on metabolic diseases and insulin development in the body.
After much research, Osvaldo decided on a plan to lower his carbohydrates intake by following a ketogenic diet, incorporate intermittent fasting, and get a gym membership to start working out. He said, “My plan was to combine LCHF (keto diet), fasting and exercise for 8 weeks and consequently reverse my type 2 diabetes by lowering the level of insulin in my body.”
His first week consisted of a strict low carb diet, he quit taking Glimepiride and lessened his Metformin intake. In the following week and thereafter, he transitioned into eating dinner as his only meal for the day and proceeded to work out six days a week. He also reduced his Metformin intake to just dinner time.
Osvaldo’s plan became stricter the following week. He says, “During the fourth week I fasted for seven days with water only and worked out every day. I felt more energetic and was able to work out properly and additionally I ran 7.5 km (4.7 miles) on the 5th day. Removed all medications!!!”
By that time, all the aches in his hips and calves disappeared and his inflammation reduced as a result of his diet. When he reached his eighth week, he says, “I did regular LCHF and done intermittent fasting a couple of days per week and worked out five times a week and took no medications. It is my new lifestyle!!”.
When he visited his doctor for his scheduled appointment two and a half months later, the results in hbA2c came back with 40mmol/mol, and he didn’t have to take insulin just as he hoped. In addition to that, he lowered his weight from 74kg (163 lbs) to 65kg (143 lbs). As a result, his plan worked and it reversed his type 2 diabetes. What a successful story!
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So How Did Osvaldo’s Methods Work?
Here’s an explanation on how the ketogenic diet helps with type 2 diabetes and how it worked for Osvaldo.
Disclaimer: Before jumping into a ketogenic diet, discuss it with your doctor first. This diet can alter your blood sugar levels and it can also cause other potential dangers to your health especially if you’re any taking medications for your diabetes. Be sure to speak to your doctor if you’re looking to inquire about the keto diet or any other diets to help with your type 2 diabetes.
When it comes to type 2 diabetes, the insulin in the body does not operate effectively to turn glucose (sugar) into energy. As a result, sugar builds up in the blood. (4) This is why the ketogenic diet works to help decrease sugar intake that comes from carbohydrates.
The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high fat (LCHF) diet that converts fat instead of sugar into energy. It makes the body produce small fuel molecules called “ketones” to supply energy in the body when there’s a shortage of sugar (glucose). (5) Anyone who follows a keto diet typically eats high-fat foods such as: eggs, fish, cottage cheese, avocado, olives, olive oil, nuts, nut butters and seeds. (6)
Since the keto diet is strictly low-carb, it minimizes the consumption of sugar that comes from carbohydrates, which then has the potential to decrease blood glucose levels.
According to a 2017 study, the keto diet outperformed a typical low-fat diet in regard to weight loss. In addition, a previous 2013 review showed that the keto diet led to improvements in blood sugar levels and even stopped insulin intake.
Take Caution: Potential Risks and Monitoring
There are added risks when switching from carbohydrates to fat as your body’s main source of energy. You could be at risk for developing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) when you have too many ketones in the blood, which why it’s important to regulate your blood sugar levels during the day to make sure it is within the optimal range. (7)
According to Healthline, “you may start the [keto] diet in a hospital. Your doctor needs to monitor both blood glucose and ketone levels to make sure that the diet isn’t causing any adverse effects. Once your body adjusts to the diet, you may still need to see your doctor once or twice a month for testing and medication adjustments.” (8)
As you can see, the keto diet can help improve and even stop type 2 diabetes such as the case for Osvaldo. Its low-carb factor strictly lessens sugar intake, thus decreasing blood glucose levels. As for Osvaldo, it not only reversed his type 2 diabetes but he also lost 9kg (20 lbs) in the process. His story is a testimony to how healthy eating habits and regular exercise can rid the body of certain diseases, in his case, it’s eliminating diabetes completely.
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