↓ 1.2 HbA1c ↓ 10 kgs in 7 months
One day in August of 2020, Tania experienced what hundreds of other Australians face every day: a new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
“I’ll never forget when my GP, who I had had been seeing for 29 years, gave me the news. The impact of diabetes had never been far from my mind. My own father had passed away from complications of type 2 diabetes and my mother-in-law had been blinded and couldn’t walk because of it.”
So on that day she recalls leaving the GP’s office feeling dazed, worried, and a bit angry. “I felt I had generally been a disciplined person who looked after myself, usually stayed away from sweets, and did everything I could to avoid any form of medication.” She also knew her GP genuinely cared about her and wanted what’s best for her but with the diagnosis, he didn’t really provide her any real hope since diabetes is seen as “progressive.” In fact, rather than a recommendation, he simply asked “so, what are you going to do?” “I was angry that it was a foregone conclusion that I would have to come to terms with taking medications to manage my condition for the rest of my life.”
However, years ago she had heard about the possible benefits of a low carb lifestyle in putting diabetes into remission. So, while she would keep her GP to oversee her overall care, on her own, she set out to find a doctor who was an expert on a low carb high fat lifestyle, which led her to Diversa.
“Three months after my diagnosis, I had officially reversed my diabetes by improving my Hba1c from 7.3% to 6.4% and was off my diabetes medications. I was so excited that I went to my GP straight-away to show him how drastic the results were in such a short period of time and he was shocked. By month 7, I had further reduced my Hba1c to 6.1 and had lost a total of 10 kgs.
More than just the improved biomarkers though, today she’s grateful for the renewed sense of freedom she experiences daily. “I know that the lifestyle I have chosen, for many, will require significant self-motivation and the type of extensive support like that provided by Diversa for sustained reversal. However, in my case, I’m glad for the freedom I have gained in learning and obtaining clarity on what works for my body. On a daily basis, I’m now able to make intentional and better nutrition choices.”
For others who are determined to not accept the status quo of “managing” diabetes with medication and roughly the same diet that led to the condition in the first place, she encourages them to give a low carb lifestyle a go. “You and your GP may be amazed!”
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Although there is no universally agreed upon definition for the reversal of type 2 diabetes, Diversa uses HbA1c to assist in defining diabetes and pre-diabetes reversal.
Type 2 diabetes reversal is when a patient who previously had an HbA1c in the diabetic range (>6.5%) returning an HbA1c in the non-diabetic range (<6.4%) (along with the absence of medications used to manage diabetes). Pre-diabetes reversal is when a patient who previously had an HbA1c in the pre-diabetic range (5.7-6.4%) returning an HbA1c to the non pre-diabetic range (less than 5.7%).
It is important to recognise that although not everybody may be able to completely reverse type 2 diabetes, partial reversal, the reduction of medication dosages, along with the simultaneous lowering of HbA1c, will unquestionably achieve a better quality of life and improve health outcomes for those living with type 2 diabetes.
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