I am a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician, and Professor of Sports Medicine at La Trobe University in Melbourne. I have been working with athletes of all sizes, shapes and abilities for 40 years. In that time, I have worked in AFL clubs, Australian Olympic teams, the Socceroos and the Aussie cricket team as well as a stint in the UK as Head of Sports Medicine at Liverpool Football Club.
So why am I here talking to you about diabetes?
My father had Type 2 diabetes and I watched as he progressively suffered many of the typical complications. I was determined not to go down the same path. A few years ago, despite eating a so-called healthy low fat diet and exercising regularly, I was significantly overweight, with high triglyceride and insulin levels as well as suffering from a fatty liver. In other words I was pre-diabetic.
I decided to try a low carb diet, reducing my intake of sugar and starches. After 3 months the results were incredible. I reversed all my metabolic abnormalities as well as losing 13 kg.
I have maintained that way of eating ever since, every blood test comes back absolutely normal. I have no doubt that if I had not made those changes by now I would have Type 2 diabetes.
As a result of my own experience and years of intense study of the relationship between diet and metabolic disease, I am now passionate about the real-food way of eating that focuses on healthy proteins and fats, while limiting sugars and processed foods.