We recently have two recent cases of type 2 diabetic, on my forum of course, who are injecting insulin and switching to LCHF diet. I'll take up Case 1 as it is an interesting one:
Diabetic since: 1995 so roughly 20 years of diabetes history.
Age: 60+ years. Still actively working in professional life.
Weight : 105kg -- so obese as per BMI theory with BMI of 33.5
Invokana 100: 1-0-1
Januvia 100: 1-0-0
Triglimisave 2 - 1-0-1
Novorapid - 8 units trice daily,
Lantus - 12 units daily.
Joined our forum on: Augus 25th, 2015.
3 days for clearing his queries and guiding him, preparing him to take the plunge -- LCHF diet.
LCHF transition time : 3 weeks starting with breakfast first, then lunch and finally dinner.
Went off Invokana right from day 1 on Friday August 28th and target was set to remove Januvia after watching PPBS readings for week. Post meals levels have been great all within the range of a non diabetic (not the unhealthy ADA limits).
So, from September 3rd he will be removing Januvia 100 also and then playing around with increasing fat in lunch and dinner and cutting of carbs as much as possible gradually to hit the LCHF range that we follow and preach.
So, within a week, he would be off oral drugs worth Rs 2700/month and yet land non diabetic numbers. In fact his PPBS after lunch is already around 110 and lower. Last aim would be to get off the glimi and pioz of Triglimisave, but that will take few months.
So, it's the diet which is the key. If we went by the so called BMI he would never have been able to get to desired end point because from Jan itself he put on 8 kg weight. Body will lose weight on its own on LCHF diet without struggling to do it by starving. As it is, glitazones only add to woes of increase in weight and not that in 2 decades all the calorie counting and restriction was not tried.
Will keep updating this thread at regular intervals to show that BMI has no role to play because if we went by the standard advise, it would have taken him years to even think of reducing drugs. Additionally, with 20 years of diabetic history, this just shows that LCHF is a great way to manage diabetes and helps even in diabetics with 2 decades+ diabetes history, even without losing a pound of weight.
There's another case of an insulin injecting diabetic, with 13 years of history and we are dealing with him at the same time as above case. His morning dose of humalog 50 mix has reduced from 35 units to 5 units in just a few days
Long live LCHF diet as a way of managing diabetes on far less drugs and a healthy diet
PS: Some doctor in PUNE, selling a rehash of vegan diet would have charged him a min of 10K or perhaps more with multiple sessions. We are doing this for FREE!!!!
More on LCHF diet for Indian diabetics - dlife.in/