The doctor said she had type 2 diabetes and he was ready to prescribe medication...
My guest blogger and client, author Lori Fran, discusses her TYPE II diabetes diagnosis and how we turned it around with diet:
Yes. I did come from a family with a strong history of type 2 diabetes. My Dad was one of five children and all five were diagnosed with the disease by the time they reached their early forties. My grandfather (My Dad’s father) had suffered a leg amputation because of the dreaded disease. I grew up with many aunts and uncles constantly talking about “having a touch of the sugar.” They bemoaned about this as they ate whatever they wanted. They were all quite obese. Save for one, they all died a premature death.
I witnessed firsthand how obesity can cause misery, not to mention disease. I knew at an early age that I did not want to follow in their footsteps. I always watched what I ate. I was “the thin one” in the family. I ate lots of salads, fruits and veggies. But even with the best intentions, I gained some weight over the years. After my third child was born, my body was just not the same. My metabolism seemed to have changed. I needed to go lower and lower in calories to maintain my “thinness.” I bought into the “low fat” thinking of the time, but nothing seemed to change.
I never was fat. I could stand to lose about 10 pounds, but I rationalized that it was “no big deal” compared to my family history. Also, I was over fifty-five years old. “Ten pounds could not possibly hurt me. “ I did try to lose weight, but I was constantly hungry. I only ate whole grain carbohydrates, but I always felt hungry after eating. I told myself that ten pounds over ideal was OK, and I could live with it.
Then came the dreaded diagnoses. The Doctor said I had an A1C (the test that measures the average glucose in your blood for 3-4 months) of 6.5. That was a definite diagnosis of diabetes. Even with my family history, I was shocked. I asked the doctor why this happened when I had a normal BMI and I ate right. He said it was because of my good eating habits that I got my diagnoses at least l5 years later than the rest of my family. He told me he could prescribe medication, and a low fat diet. I was deeply upset. I didn’t want to go directly to medication. I wanted to try to fix this situation by diet and exercise.
I knew people who followed Natalie Jill. I read her blogs and post, and reached out to her for a custom plan. She told me it needed to be LOW CARB—Not LOW FAT. As she explained to me, a lot of the right kinds of fats are good for you. On my new plan, I could eat nuts. That was great news for me. I love nuts, and had always stayed away from them because I thought they were “fattening.” Natalie explained to me that I needed to eat small, frequent meals—all containing a balance of the right kind of protein, fat and carbohydrate.
It WORKED! In three months, I lost 10 pounds, and when I went back to the doctor and did another A1C, my levels had gone down to 5.9! The doctor asked me how I did it. I refrained from saying, “not by your low fat stuff” which is what his dietician had recommended! I told him I followed a low carb eating plan, and he said, “Keep up the good work.”
Lori Fran, author – “Going Dental in New Jersey”
About Natalie Jill
Natalie Jill helps people across the globe reach their health, fitness, life and business goals. Natalie is a well known Licensed Master Sports Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer who was diagnosed as having Celiac Sprue over 12 years ago, and that is why she specializes in weight loss consulting and helping people with food allergies and intolerance’s. Learn how Natalie handled adversity and find out how she "made her own luck". Ready to change your life today? Start by CLICKING HERE.