Diabetes & blood sugar

Real People, Real Results​

Coach Evan reverses ankylosing spondylitis on low-carb diet

Evan grew up in Alberta, Canada, and holds a BA in Psychology, and a BEd in Secondary Education. He has previously lived in northern Sweden, and briefly in Norway.

 

He has been eating a primarily carnivore diet for over 2 years, which has largely improved/put his depression, anxiety, ADHD, autoimmune issues, GI problems, and many other ailments into remission. After being unable to perform strenuous physical activity for a long period of time, Evan’s performance capacity has dramatically increased, allowing him to get back into weightlifting and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Darby manages graves’ disease and type 1 diabetes on low-carb diet

Darby grew up being plagued by every kind of allergy imaginable. At 5 years old, he was diagnosed with hundreds—from trees to weeds to bee stings and everything in between. At 11, he needed reconstructive sinus surgery due to the many sinus infections over the years, and later had to have his tonsils out as well. As the years passed, the allergy shots helped a bit, but his health problems inhibited his ability to engage in the sports he loved. Fast forward to 2013, and Darby begins to experience heart palpitations, which are dismissed by doctors, as they advised him simply to “stay away from caffeine.”

In 2015, he was hospitalized with a heart attack, and two weeks later with another one again. This time, his doctor was wise enough to check his thyroid panel. He was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, and was given more medication to manage yet another health condition. He was able to feel a bit better and add a few pounds to his underweight frame, but in January of this year there was even more crushing news. Darby was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes. In his mid-thirties, his mind was filled with dread as to what could possibly come next. In a moment of sheer desperation, he prayed for an answer. Not long after, he found Shawn Baker and the Revero community.

“Behold, I was messing around YouTube and I stumbled upon you and Dr. Ken Berry initially, so I started watching video after video…and realized that maybe my issue had been plant material this entire time. What is it that is causing my body to attack itself? Is it the oxalates? Is it the lectins?”

In March, Darby slowly transitioned to the carnivore diet, and after two weeks, he didn’t need to take insulin anymore. By mid-April, he was able to come off his Graves’ disease medication, and this past October his labs revealed his thyroid hormone levels were completely normal. Now, he’s able to do things he’s only dreamed of; running, lifting weights, and carrying his daughter on his shoulders for hours at Disney World. He’s also free from the allergies and sinus infections that have haunted him his whole life.

“It’s absolutely amazing. It completely blew my mind, and—it’s strangely satisfying. I do not have a craving to eat anything but meat anymore.”

Darby started off doing a strict version of the carnivore diet—his meals consisting of red meat, salt and water. He has since branched out to add pork, eggs, and chicken, but he’s planning to go back to a stricter approach soon, as he believes that was one of the reasons for his rapid recovery.


“I can’t say how truly thankful I am—from the bottom of my heart—for what [Shawn Baker] and people like Ken Berry and Anthony Chaffee do on a daily basis to try and help people, because it really, truly is amazing. It’s a miracle—like nothing I’ve ever seen. I was told that, you can’t cure this. This is what you’re going to be for the rest of your life… If it wasn’t for you…I would have never known. I would have just stayed being sick on the SAD diet and getting sicker.”

As far as Darby’s concerned, he has a new lease on life, and when asked whether this diet is worth the risks, he says “Bring it on!”

 

Alex manages type 1 diabetes, retinopathy, and gastroparesis on a carnivore diet

Alex was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes at the tender age of 3, and although her diet growing up was low in sugar, it still contained the pastas and potatoes that graced the average household at the time. As she got older, she had to navigate the severe blood sugar lows that go along with being Type-1, regularly combatting symptoms of confusion, irritability, and general weakness. By the time she entered her teenage years, Alex was experiencing feelings of burnout and depression regarding her condition—but little did she know—things were about to get even more serious.

In her mid-twenties, Alex was diagnosed with Retinopathy and Gastroparesis. Both conditions bring misery; Retinopathy slowly steals your vision and Gastroparesis is a condition that effectively paralyzes the stomach, making it difficult to digest food or go to the bathroom. Alex describes her daily symptoms as hellish, and after a particularly upsetting eye doctor’s appointment, she found herself desperately searching for answers. Her uncle had passed away as a young man from Type-1 Diabetes, and she had no interest in suffering the same fate as well.

“I was home from work one day after having gotten a treatment for retinopathy, and I’m not going to go into the gruesome details on that one—but it involves injections into your eyeball—and I was not having a great time…I was on the computer and I was like, ‘I need to know what to do—I have to figure out how to stop going blind and how to stop puking every day! Something needs to change.’”

Laughed at by her endocrinologist, Alex feverishly searched the internet and ended up coming across the work of Dr. Richard Bernstein, a Type-1 Diabetic like herself who—now in his late 80’s—was still practicing medicine and treating diabetic patients by utilizing a low-carb diet approach. She got his book and read it in two days. Initially wanting to dive right in, Alex had to backtrack and wean off carbs slowly, a process that eventually took 2 years. Even though the transition took time, by the end of it she was experiencing predictable blood sugar, with the ability to go to the bathroom regularly too.

Still, she had some lingering issues, and that’s when she came across the carnivore diet. “I was like, ‘What! This is a concept?’” Alex approached it as an elimination diet, and after a year, she saw even more improvement in her overall health. Thirty years after being diagnosed with diabetes—at 33 years old—she has been able to drastically reduce her insulin usage, her gastroparesis is 90% in remission, and her eyesight is improving with every passing day. On top of that, the neuropathy in her toes is completely gone and she’s down 8 pant sizes as well! Alex feels like her entire body has undergone a healing. “Everything works better. I’m healthier than I ever have been in my entire life…I can’t speak enough good on all the progress that I’ve seen from making the changes that I have—and that’s what I wanted when I started!”

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Coach George C loses fat, builds muscle, and heals from gut disorders on a carnivore diet

Coach George C grew up in Queens, NY, and studied engineering at Cal Berkeley, going on to work for multinational corporations in Asia after graduation and then starting own business at 30. Currently he resides in Chengdu, China (2nd-tier city known for hotpot and pandas). He has previously owned businesses and worked in China’s major cities. He has been a business owner in food and food services and a gym and has worked with fitness clubs as well as schools. He has a long-term interest in fitness and nutrition.

Treflyn is half the weight he used to be

In 2019, Treflyn decided to turn his back on the way that he had been eating and living. He had always had a tendency to put on weight. And like most people, he had managed to lose weight but also to put it on again. Since he has been on a one-meal-a-day regime, he can say that it has changed his outlook on getting healthy by understanding what makes him gain weight.

Along his weight loss journey, he met Dr. Joanne McCormack who is an advocate of the Low Carbohydrate Diet, as a result of this he started running multiple weekly support group meetings for her.

Aimee manages type 1 diabetes on the carnivore diet

Aimee is 68 years old and grew up in New Orleans. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 16 in 1971. She moved to Maine in 1990 and spent 25 years as a vegetarian, 7 years as a raw vegan, 8 years on the keto diet, and the last 4 years as a carnivore. She was always trying new diets and therapies in hopes of healing type 1 diabetes.

She has 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren. Her husband of 42 years died last year of colon cancer. He was a famous artist and teacher. She worked for him, posing for figure paintings for 36 years and as his assistant in teaching oil painting and as his videographer for his on-line courses. She is a still-life painter and health researcher.

Christina Manages Hypoglycemia On A Carnivore Diet And Is Headed To The World Masters Athletics Championships

I am a 34 year old mom of three kids. I have been a high school health teacher and track coach for 10 years in Nebraska. In college, I was a 2 time NCAA All-American in the 400m dash and decided to hang up my spikes post collegiately due to bad hypoglycemia and chronic aches in my joints.

I found the carnivore diet 4 years ago after the birth of my second child after being on a low fat diet through college and into my career. It completely changed my health and my athletic performance. I even had a carnivore pregnancy with my third child. I was able to get back into competitive track (now as a 800m specialist). Running masters world class times. The last two years I have won 4 National Titles in the 800m and the 1500m. I am currently training for my first world team where I will be representing Team USA in Torun Poland in March.

Tracy manages her weight and cancer treatment on keto and carnivore

Keto and carnivore have changed my life beyond anything in my wildest/hopeful dreams. I was introduced to Keto, or should I say re-introduced to Atkins, by a coworker who had lost a noticeable amount of weight. Because it came from a woman’s magazine I really wasn’t on board with it and felt the need to research it. Keto has benefited my life way beyond weight loss: I have a few auto immune diseases, I’m insulin resistant, and I’m obese.

After about three months research I started keto in January 2018. I stayed below 20 total carbs. Weight loss was slow, but weight loss was not my number one priority after having done the research to learn how to manage my auto immune without meds and lower my A1c and my fasting insulin. In August 2018, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went back to YouTube and the books to learn about keto and cancer. The most valuable thing that I learned was sugar is cancers favorite fuel. I oncologist does not agree with me on this but I don’t need his blessing. Not throwing him under the bus, he is very open minded and one of the few MDs on board with me and Keto.

I had a bilateral mastectomy and 27 lymph nodes removed on the right side. The chemo protocol was Taxol and Adriamycin + Cytoxin. Pretty mean shit. Of course, I had all the side effects that go with chemotherapy from hair loss to vomiting and loss of appetite, but my overall health was far better because I existed on a diet of pastured eggs, olives, avocado, liverwurst and Swiss cheese. I know that sounds like pregnancy kind of food but it kept me in really good shape. My plan was to eat two meals a day for the three days leading up to chemo and then I would fast for 2 to 3 days following chemo. I did use an electrolyte replacement. LMNT had some really good flavors that agreed with me or I would just have sea salt in water.

Unfortunately, I could not finish the second chemo protocol because I developed bilateral pulmonary embolisms and was 80% on room air. So, I missed the last two treatments of Adriamycin Cytoxan. My oncologist was confident that I would do well even though I had also opted to skip radiation. I was taking an aromatase inhibitor from July 2019 through August 2022.

In July 2019 I was told that my cancer was gone. I would have to do 10 years of the aromatase inhibitor which prohibits the body from making estrogen from testosterone. My cancer was HER++. Estrogen loves fat and now I became more focused on getting rid of my excess body weight. Visceral fat secretes all sorts of things that also make you sick. I was sarcopenia & post menopausal and could not even do curls with a 2 1/2 pound weight!

Luckily, I live alone and I’m not tempted by other foods and I started to learn more about the carnivore diet as the extreme elimination diet. As a sidenote, I have suffered from depression since childhood and was hopeful that this would help manage depression. I knew I was low in protein and wanted to get my protein only from food: I do not eat shakes or snacks or bars. I might try Ben Bikman’s Hlth Shake (more to come on that.)

At any rate, I did not gain weight during Covid and I am probably down around 80 pounds. I weigh in Measure once a month but I just have a simple bathroom scale so I don’t live and die by that number. My A1c is 5.1 and my endogenous insulin is down to 11. My goal is to get my A1c into the high 4s and get my endogenous insulin below 5. My endocrinologist is not on board with any of this; therefore, I simply lie to her. I did ask for Metformin though during chemo because my A1c shot up to 6–insulin was sky-high, too.

This spring I enrolled in a breast cancer study for patients with metastasis. I learned that my cancer has metastasized beyond the lymph nodes. I was gutted. It is liver Mets and obviously there’s nothing that can be done except to take the oral chemo and a shot (IM) as long as I can tolerate it.

I’m having a very hard time eating anything. This is where I think I’m going to consider Ben’s shake. My blood glucose is fine and I still have ~30 pounds to go and could certainly fast, but I miss eating something besides the electrolyte. I’m very strict with the diet it’s more than lifestyle now because it’s part of my medical protocol.

Shawn, thank-you so much for being on YT & cutting through all of the BS. You may not know how much we, or at least I, rely on you for guidance because it just can’t be found in the local community and these doctors have their head so far up their arses. One doctor asked me if I were challenging her medical degree with my Google degree. WTF?! I told her I am with the patient 24/7 and am the one who ensures compliance. I won’t do anything that I don’t understand, and I’m sorry I don’t have some type of a medical degree.

Thanks for going against the grain.

Paul Manages Type 1 Diabetes As An “Accidental Carnivore”

I was diagnosed 5 years ago with type 1 diabetes in a pretty severe crisis. Through very low carb (less than 30 TOTAL carbs per day), often zero, I have managed my blood glucose in the normal range. Last 3 A1cs have been right around 5.0%. 

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