Aimee manages type 1 diabetes on the carnivore diet

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Aimee has lived a life in pursuit of health and wellness; trying many different diets along the way. After being diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes in 1971 at the age of 16, doctors told her to avoid sugar—and she did—while faithfully taking one shot of insulin a day. Her first dietary experiment began at the age of 22, when she became a vegetarian.

Soon after, she fell in love with her husband Dennis—a prolific artist and painter—and they settled in Maine and had three healthy children together. When Aimee hit her 40’s, however, she started getting frozen shoulders and hips, and experienced Stiff-man syndrome symptoms. She wondered if it was connected to her diabetes, and began frequenting medical libraries to do research at the time. “A friend sent me an article about frozen shoulder being a result of high blood sugar by Richard Bernstein, and at the end of the article, there was an offer for cassette tapes of his plan. I got the cassette tapes, listened to them, and the very next day I went low-carb and on 5 shots [of insulin] a day.”

Dr. Bernstein’s (now well-known) book, Diabetes Solution came out a few months later, and after three weeks of eating low-carb, all of Aimee’s stiffness and frozen joints disappeared. She followed Dr. Bernstein’s diet for the next 7 years, but upon hearing about a woman who cured her son’s diabetes with a raw vegan diet, decided to give it a try. She ate this way for several years —even starting up a successful raw food snack company for a while.

“I didn’t do too bad on it because I never ate fruit and I still did low-carb…but the people around me…and my husband were all getting rotten teeth because of how much fruit you eat on this diet…you’re not getting enough nutrients.” The only problem Aimee experienced on the diet was sore joints, but after 8 years, she decided to switch it up again and go the ketogenic route; opting to source all of her food from local farms, including meat and raw butter. Her sore joints soon went away.

Finally in 2018, while on a trip with her husband, they listened to an episode of Joe Rogan’s podcast with guest Mikhaila Peterson, who was talking about the carnivore diet. Her husband loved the concept and started it the very next day. Aimee waited until she returned home—just to be on the safe side regarding her insulin needs.

Four years into the diet, and Aimee has never felt better! Besides her blood sugar being stable—with the added bonus of being able to use significantly less insulin—her eye floaters have disappeared, she’s lost weight, and her life-long condition of unbearable ear pain when traveling by airplane is finally cured.

Aimee now enjoys engaging with the online diabetic community, sharing her astonishing results in the hopes that others will find similar success. Also, after losing her husband last year, Aimee honors his artistic legacy by continuing to make his artwork and teaching sessions available online.

 

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