It Is Official!

So, I went to the doctor last week and had blood work drawn. This week, I had my followup appointment to go over said blood work results. I had been mostly sure that my numbers were improving since I began intermittent fasting in July of 2019. As of Tuesday, April 28, all of my numbers are improved drastically, and, my A1c is 5.5, well below what it needs to be. My doctor’s goals last year was to get me back to a pre-diabetic stage. However, I have been able to completely reverse my type 2 diabetes.

Fasting has been a lifesaver. I originally starting doing it because I wanted to lose weight. Then I started reading about the health benefits, specifically the ability to reduce insulin and glucose levels. My doctor had started me on diabetes medications last year. They, of course, made me sick as most diabetic medications do when people start them. Also, the medications usually cause weight-gain because they increase insulin in the body. Insulin resistance has already become a problem for people who are pre-diabetic. Adding more insulin to the problem did not seem like the right course to me.

A few months later a friend introduced me to intermittent fasting as a way to control blood sugar and reduce insulin levels, as well as lose a little weight. I have been doing it ever since. In only six months my A1c was down to 6.0 from 7.1. In nine months, my A1c is normal at 5.5. I am not on any diabetes medications. Things are normalizing. I am losing weight SLOWLY. I am okay with that.

So, Officially, I am no longer diabetic. Fasting, of course, will have to be a permanent lifestyle change. I’m also okay with that. Turns out, I don’t need to eat as much or as often as I originally thought. And trust me, I still eat plenty. However, fasting provides that break my liver and pancreas need from glucose and insulin levels. The body can come back from insulin resistance and even type 2 diabetes.

6 comments

  1. Congratulations to you! I also enjoy the ‘Delay, Don’t Deny: Intermittent Fasting Support’ group on Facebook and IF podcasts. Having control over your eating and to watch your numbers go down as a result is a wonderful thing. And you did it! Way to go!

  2. This is very true. I work in healthcare and the first thing people with diabetes are told is to lose weight and go on a diet. Some people have bariatric surgery to cure diabetes. It is actually approved by most insurances as a treatment for diabetes. It limits the amount of food they intake and makes them drop a lot of weight.

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