The real stories of people who have taken control of their health with the help of the Defeat Diabetes Program.
Despite being diagnosed with asthma early in his life, and having to undergo allergy injections, Rob was your typical high school athlete. He was a competitive swimmer, runner, and a very fit and active guy throughout his youth. Growing older and the stress of Covid-19, as well as the trauma of the recent passing of his father, Rob gained weight and experienced symptoms like shaking, becoming flushed and feeling breathless. A health check with his doctor saw him diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and put on a number of medications. After seeing Dr. Peter Brukner’s story on ABC’s Catalyst, Rob embarked on a low carb diet, and has successfully come off medication, lowered his HbA1c to 4.8 and lost 17kg.
Suffering from constant fatigue, Matilda couldn’t stay awake long enough to read a page in a book. Eventually, she had to give up work. She went for a regular doctors check-up to resolve her health issues. With an HbA1c of 9.0, and a fasting glucose level of 15.6, Matilda was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. After researching alternative ways to help her type 2 diabetes as opposed to medication, Matilda embarked on her own diet plan while she waited for her dietitian’s appointment. Fast forward six months, Matilda no longer has daily naps, she is back at work, her mental health is improving each day and her HbA1c is down to 6.5.
A fit, active and seemingly healthy guy who never suffered any form of illness, a routine health check at age 45 showed Daniel had an average blood sugar level (known as HbA1c) of 7 - well above the recommended average of between 3.5-5.5. After adopting a low carb approach to eating, along with intermittent fasting, Daniel has been able to fully reverse his HbA1c, experience significant weight loss and has better energy, mental focus and zero food cravings.
Weighing 115kg, Abbey had type 2 diabetes and had been in and out of the hospital for 18 months with chronic health issues. It wasn’t until a small cut on her finger nearly led to a complete amputation that she realised she needed to turn her life, and her health, around. After researching the benefits of a low carb diet, and enlisting the help of her father-in-law who is a GP, Abbey has lost 11kg, no longer experiences painful reflux, and has said goodbye to headaches that would last for days.
A taxi driver from Sydney, Dennis was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and weighed 146kg. He ignored his condition for a year, and eventually, things got worse. Realising that his diabetes wouldn’t magically disappear, Dennis adopted a low carb lifestyle and has lost 25kg. His HbA1c has dropped significantly and he is enjoying his newfound energy as he continues his journey to put his type 2 diabetes into remission.
In spite of her work as a fitness trainer, Maria had struggled with her weight her entire life. With an abnormal blood sugar level, chronic back pain, as well as being on medication for 10 years, Maria wanted to make a change. After adopting a keto focused approach to eating, and then diving into low carb as well, Maria has successfully lost 30kg, come off medication for good, and now has boundless energy and mental clarity.
Weighing in at 139kg, Maikol was a chronic yoyo-dieter with bad skin conditions including all-over body rashes, lethargy, and insomnia. A routine health check saw Maikol diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and coronary heart disease, prompting him to research the low carb lifestyle after hearing it could help reverse type 2 diabetes. Fast forward a year, and Maikol has lost 40kg, cleared up his skin conditions, and is enjoying newfound energy and mental clarity as he continues his journey to put his type 2 diabetes into remission.
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