Men can manage Type 2 Diabetes naturally. Making a lifestyle change to a Ketogenic diet, and more focused exercise helps men reverse Type 2 and Pre-diabetes.
Full-blown Type 2 diabetes is an insidious disease that robs men of a full life. However, this is preventable. You do NOT have to face a future of dumping more drugs into your system, dealing with blindness, or coping with limb amputations.
Please burn this into your brain: Type 2 diabetes is preventable, and if you've developed it, there is a good chance you can reverse it.
The majority of men with Pre-diabetes, and Type 2 diabetes, are overweight. They consume far too many carbohydrates, which elevates their blood sugar. Elevated blood sugar triggers more insulin to be secreted from the pancreas. In its effort to stabilize blood sugar levels, insulin does what it does best...signals fat cells to store fat.
This sick merry-go-round of nutritional disorder feeds off itself.
Obesity and insulin resistance go hand-in-hand.
To cut the head off the snake...to get back to optimal health...men must cut their carbohydrate consumption drastically, before it kills them, and they have to get consistent exercise.
Jim Wasson (48) is a contractor in Corvallis OR. He said, "Two years ago, I got the scare of my life when I went for my yearly check-up. The new doctor said he wanted to run a blood panel because I was 30 lbs overweight.
Actually, that was being kind. I looked pathetic. My gut was huge. I had love handles, and my face was flabby. Thirty years ago, I had been a defensive back in junior college. Now, I looked like a sumo wrestler.
When I went to my follow-up, I was shocked when he told me my blood hemoglobin A1C level was 6.4%. That is right on the border between Pre-diabetes and full-blown Type 2 diabetes.
For a couple of years, I had felt sluggish. I attributed it to trying to run a construction company. I ate a lot of fast foods, pizza, and drank a lot of energy drinks, thinking they would give me a jolt to keep me going.
I was killing myself from the inside out. I was scared. I did not want to go blind. I did not want my feet amputated.
The doc settled me down and we discussed how we were going to manage this. I did not want to go on diabetic medication, but I saw no other choice.
He said he wanted to try a new approach...putting me on a Ketogenic diet. He said I would be giving up ALL of my comfort foods. All of the foods that I thought tasted delicious.
Pizza, burger baskets, giant burritos, ice cream, donuts, bread, spaghetti, and bbq wings were out.
The trade-off would be getting my health back, and becoming much stronger.
My doctor told me to go home and throw out ALL of my sugar foods and high-carb foods, desserts, anything that came in a bag, a carton, or a can.
I threw out hundreds of dollars of food that was killing me. I had four bags of chips, and two cartons of premium ice cream. I threw out 6 different bottles of Ranch dressing. It was an unbelievable collection of crap food.
He gave me a small checklist about what to buy at the Fred Meyer store, which was all vegetables and meat. Since I love fish and steak, I loaded up. He also gave me a list of books about the Ketogenic diet to start reading.
I was to report back in 3 weeks.
When I returned, I had actually lost 7 pounds. He told me to add a walking routine of two 30-minute periods. One in the morning. One after dinner.
Three weeks later, I was down another 8 pounds.
He told me to start doing 10 push-ups and 10 air squats before each of my walks.
The next 6 weeks, I lost another 10 pounds of flab.
In 10 months time, I lost 47 lbs. I did it without starving myself on some stupid low-calorie fad diet. I did it without joining a gym, although now I have joined one because I can actually see muscle starting to show through.
My A1C is now at 5.2%.
I'm thankful my doctor was so forward-thinking, and kept me off diabetes medication that could have harmed me.
You can manage Type 2 diabetes naturally by following a Ketogenic diet, and getting consistent daily exercise."
Men can manage Type 2 diabetes naturally by following a Ketogenic diet. When you eat Keto, you will be on a carb-restrictive diet. You will eat more protein, and more high-quality fats.
You will NOT be eating foods that are killing you, like: bread, pasta, sugar cereals, donuts, pastries, pizza, cookies, desserts, and snack foods.
That crap is out! Those foods did not serve you well in the past, and they definitely will not serve you well in the future.
A few years ago, the nutritionist at my gym gave a presentation on the Keto diet. When she discussed carbohydrates, she said, "I want you to remember three things about carbs. First, they taste delicious. They taste out of this world. Two...they will put fat on your butt, and make your belly hang over your pants. Three...they will give you Type 2 diabetes, and your life will be a wreck until you die."
That scared the stew out of me. I always thought if you worked out hard, you could eat what you want...but that is not true at all.
When I got my A1C blood test back, that year, I was at 6.2...right on the cusp of being Pre-diabetic.
I knew guys at my church with Type 2 diabetes, and they were miserable. They just plodded through life, with nothing to look forward to. It was both sad...and scary.
I did NOT want that to be my future. I wanted to head this stuff off, as early as I could.
Fortunately, I found the Custom Keto Diet and that made the biggest difference, ever, in my health. I will be on a Ketogenic diet the rest of my life.
Since I belong to a gym, and have access to weights, I have included a sprint/running program, called Anabolic Running, twice a week, to burn more body fat and increase my testosterone. It takes me about 15 minutes.
Jonathan Howells (52) is a teacher in Clearwater FL. He said, "I was already into Type 2 diabetes, and didn't even know it. All I knew was that I felt lousy. I could not run very much. I had little motivation to even read. I thought I was depressed because I did not have a woman in my life.
I guess I got lucky because my doctor was a young guy, who worked out at a CrossFit gym.
He said he did not want to put me on insulin. He said we can manage Type 2 diabetes naturally, if I could commit to being more aggressive in my outlook on Life.
That hurt my feelings a little bit, but I did not want to face a future that might include blindness, and limb amputation.
He said I was going to stop being lazy in my life, and start being more mindful about what I put in my mouth, and how I spent my time away from school.
The thing he said that made sense was, 'You are going to start eating like an Olympic athlete, not a circus clown.' And, I want you to stop watching so much TV, and start walking for at least an hour, everyday.
Get to where you can walk 3 miles in that hour. If you can lift some weights, that will help build lean muscle.
He gave me some articles on the Ketogenic diet, and the mindset needed to succeed at it.
Long story, short, I lost 53 lbs in 13 months. My pants went from 42" to 34". I can do 25 push-ups. I can run a mile in 9 minutes.
In one year on the Keto diet, I was a completely new man...and improving more each day. I could do none of that stuff when I weighed 225 lbs.
The one thing I will always remember, whenever I need to re-establish my mindset, is my doctor saying, 'You are going to start eating like an Olympic athlete, not a circus clown.'
You can manage Type 2 diabetes naturally. It all starts with the correct dietary mindset."
Following a Ketogenic diet is imperative to fight Type 2 diabetes without resorting to diabetic medication. However, you must become more active if you wish to drop the fat that is harming you.
The easiest way to do this is to begin a walking program. All you need is a pair of sneakers, and you will start turning your health around.
Emmet Woods (54) from Tigard OR said, "When I found out I had developed Type 2 diabetes, I was devastated. My doctor gave me a couple of prescriptions for diabetic medication and sent me on my way. I was flailing and confused.
I knew I had to lose weight. I looked gross. I was 60 lbs overweight. My belly was huge. My face looked like I was a St Bernard.
Fortunately, that doctor got married and moved away. A young guy took his place.
He said he wanted to treat my diabetes aggressively, but with lifestyle changes. He told me it would only work if I was committed to making some huge changes in my eating and activity habits.
For the last 20 years, I had spent a lot of time watching TV and eating about every hour. It seemed like I was always hungry, even though I really didn't exercise.
My doctor explained to me that the reason I was always hungry is that my diet was mostly carbs, and even worse, things made with industrial seed oils. Bread, crackers, pretzels, personal pizzas when I was out shopping, bbq chicken legs, burgers with jumbo fries.
I also thought I needed a bowl of ice cream each night.
I had been slowly killing myself. Now, I was looking at a life of maybe a wheelchair, oncoming blindness, and having my feel amputated. I was scared. Real scared. Type 2 diabetes is relentless.
I told him I would do whatever it took to manage my diabetes naturally.
He put me on a Ketogenic diet, and got me started on a walking program.
He said he did NOT want me wasting the day in front of the TV. I was to get a book, and go to a different park each day, and read. I was to walk for 30 minutes, read for however long I wanted, on a park bench, then walk for another 30 minutes.
Committing to a Keto diet was the hardest. I did not get it right until I went for a follow-up a month later, and had only lost 4 lbs.
My doctor said I was either going to throw all of that crap food out of my house, or I was going to live the rest of my life pumped full of insulin, which makes you gain even more weight, and awaiting blindness, and having my feet cut off.
From now on, my diet was fresh vegetables and meat. Very little fruit because of the sugar content. Polyunsaturated vegetable oils were also out. The only oils I put on my food was virgin olive oil or avocado oil.
I committed to the walking program. I started getting up early, having some green tea, then off for a 30-minute walk around the neighborhood.
I started walking right after dinner, which was always a large salad with meat, for 30 minutes, also.
In six weeks, I lost 20 lbs. My doctor was impressed, but he said I could not backslide. He extended both my walks to 45 minutes, and added 5 push-ups, and 10 air squats.
That made this sweaty and difficult, but I knew I had to do it. The thought of living in a wheelchair was not the future I wanted.
Three months later, I had dropped another 20 pounds.
My doctor congratulated me, but said we had even more work to do. He asked me to join a gym or purchase some barbells and a 25-lbs kettlebell.
In addition to my walking, he now wanted me to do 10 overhead presses, and 10 front squats at least 4 days each week, working up to 7 days a week.
I was also supposed to swing the kettlebell 50 times. I could break that up any way I wanted.
He wanted me me to also walk by a park and hang from the pull-up bar for 30 seconds everyday.
I was too embarrassed to join a gym, so I worked out in my sweaty garage. My workout only took 12 minutes, so really there was no need to complain.
Three months later, I went for another checkup. I had dropped 25 more pounds, and my A1C was at 5.6! I was reversing my Type 2 diabetes.
My waist had dropped 10". I was now wearing size 35" pants. I weighed just over 200 lbs.
I started watching YouTube videos, and found a few where guys were making huge body transformations, just by walking and lifting weighs a little more.
It made me commit even more. I now knew I could manage my Type 2 diabetes naturally, without diabetic drugs."
You can fight your Type 2 diabetes naturally. Many men have reversed it completely just by following a Ketogenic diet, and a program of regular exercise.
The two best programs I have found are the Custom Keto Diet and the Old School New Body exercise program. They are both easy to understand. They are both easy to explain to your doctor what you wish to do.
If you have a doctor who wants to keep you on diabetic drugs, find a younger guy who practices functional medicine, and show him what you want to accomplish.
You need the help of a supportive physician to manage Type 2 diabetes naturally.