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Reverse Type 2 Diabetes — How David Did it 5 Months Eating Fruit

March 5, 2020

David: My weight now has stabilized at 166. My A1c had an amazingly drop from 9.5% to
5.9% currently, and it’s gone down every time I’ve tested it. Last time I was at the doctor, it was about
70 pounds that I lost. They were amazed, and the numbers don’t lie. Originally, I was diagnosed in 2008, so just
a little over 10 years ago. And at that time, I didn’t take it seriously
because I didn’t feel sick, and they gave me some medication to take, and they said,
“As long as you take this, you’ll be fine.” At some point, they told me that I should
lose some weight and eat a little better, but there was no definition of what eating
a little better was. 5, 6 years ago, I had my hip replaced, and
then some three knee surgeries, and after that the weight really piled on. And as a result, the doctor started increasing
my Metformin from 500 to 1000, to 2000, and from once a day to twice a day. In October of 2018, he prescribed Glipizide,
and told me to start thinking about taking insulin. So, at that point is when I started taking
it serious. I was a little scared. I didn’t like the idea of taking insulin,
so that’s when I started doing some research online to see what my alternatives, of any,
were. I came across the iThrive Series, and following
Jon’s course, I could identify with a lot of the things that he was going through, and
it was through them that I was introduced to Mastering Diabetes, I learned that people
were actually reversing their diabetes, and not only diabetes but all of their health
problems, by making a change in their diet. But what’s important is that the diet was
described, it was defined, it wasn’t unspecific as “you should eat better.” I immediately liked what was happening, because
now I was getting all my advice from one source. I didn’t have to worry that I was going to
be off track, or experimenting to see if this worked or that work. It’s a step by step process, and they explain
to you about initial reactions to some of the foods you eat, and how not to worry about
it, don’t be concerned, this is natural because there’s a transition period, and as you continue
the course your insulin resistance will go down, your insulin sensitivity go up, and
you’re going to be able to do things in three weeks, or a month from now that you are not
going to be able to do today. And so, I started seeing immediate results. Within 30 days, I can’t believe, you know,
what was happening. Seven months into the program, my weight now
has stabilized at 166. And when I got married, I weighed 172. And when I was in basic training, I weighed
177. Well, I’m under all those. We’re talking 50 years ago. My cholesterol dropped from 220 down to 117. I didn’t even think that was legal. I didn’t think it was possible to go down
that low. My HDL went up to 49, my LDL dropped from
102 to 49. My triglycerides dropped to 95. My A1c had an amazing drop down 9.5 to 5.9
currently, and it’s gone down every time I’ve tested it. I’m doing a, you know, on a couple of weeks
where another one, I’m hoping to see even further improvement. As a result, I’m off of all statins, I’m off
of all of the blood pressure medications, the cholesterol medications, and with my doctors
blessings. At first, they were very skeptical, but you
can’t argue with the numbers. Last time I was at the doctor, it was about
70 pounds that I lost. They were amazed, and the numbers don’t lie. I got their blessing and I’ve been off now
since January 15. I had to retire when I turned 62 because I
just couldn’t do the work anymore. I was in pain constantly. I couldn’t walk for more than 20 minutes. I couldn’t even sit for more than 20 minutes
because it just seems like everything would just tighten up, and by sitting in a movie,
or if I flew on an airplane, it took me longer to get flexible again so that I can walk,
than it took the for the flight, you know, that kind of thing. So, you know, I was looking at a life of,
is this how I want to spend my retirement? After losing 80 pounds and getting off the
medications, I’ve got like, I just didn’t know what to do with it. I went back to work for a couple of days a
week for something to do. My outdoor activities have increased I can,
I can pretty much walk around now, and I’m on my bicycle and pedaling up to an hour at
a time, and working out at the gym, you know, things like that. Six months ago, I never thought that I would
even be thinking of doing those things. I spent over 40 years in the food service. I’ve got a lot of experience in cooking and
that actually helped me transition to a plant-based diet, because I actually use it as a challenge
to take some of the foods that my family’s familiar with, and comfortable with, and adjusting
them so that they’re still edible, but now compliant, and be able to produce a dish that
is tasty and healthy is very rewarding in itself, and I like to share that with others. I’ve posted a couple of hundred pictures of
meals that I’ve prepared using whole-food, plant-based way of eating, and the people
love it. They enjoy it, and kind of motivates me to
continue. One of the first lessons in the Mastering
Diabetes Program is preparing the perfect breakfast, and they talk about 4 to 6 servings
of fresh fruit with a tablespoon of chia seed over the top. That’s my go to breakfast, I eat that at least
four times a week. The only adjustment I made to it, is I like
to put it on top of a bed of half a bag of spinach. And so, I’ll eat that every other day. The other day, the in-between day I like to
eat a half a cup of cooked, be it oats, or 16 grain or, you know, I love the grains,
and so I’ll cook the grains, and I’ll serve 3 to 4 servings of fruit over that, you know,
so a hot cereal. So, that’s my breakfast. I don’t vary, those are my two breakfast,
and that’s what I’ve eaten for the last six months, and no desire to change. Fruit is really good. For lunch, I usually have soup, and my go
to sandwich is a no-tuna salad sandwich, which is made with garbanzo beans. It’s not uncommon for me to go through 2,
3 pounds of garbanzo beans a week. It’s one of our go to legumes. So, yeah, sandwich and soup, that’s typically
my lunch. If it’s not a sandwich and soup, it’s a sandwich
and salad, or soup and a salad, but it’s always lots of greens, lots of vegetables, and some
grains for lunch. My dinner is all over the place. I try to get 4, at least 4 servings of vegetables. And then I try to put some kind of, either
a grain, legumes, or pasta with that. Sometimes I treat myself to some pita chips,
or something to go along with it, some kind of skinny bread or something like that, but
I try to vary the dinners. One of the things that I did was, I cooked
four months straight, five nights a week, without making the same recipe once. Heard a lot of people saying, “What can
you eat on this diet?” Well, I’ve proven that you can go four months
without repeat yourself even once. The only reason I started repeating myself
is because my family started asking, “Can we have this again? Can we have this again?” So now, I cherry pick the favorites and we
have them more regularly. I can’t recommend the Program enough. I think it’s important, I think that bad health
comes with a high cost, almost all the diseases that we have, the western civilian diseases
are all diet related, and the great news is that most of them, many of them can be reversed,
and/or cured by making changes. And the Mastering Diabetes Program, not only
does it reverse type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, it makes people with type 1 diabetes, their
lives and much more manageable. But there’s other benefits, that the same
diet also reverses heart disease, and hypertension, and high cholesterol, and you name it, you
know. The same diet cures all of these things. And so, I think that they should view it as
an investment in their health, count the cost. I’ve heard people say, “Well, Jesus, it
might be expensive”, but you know, it’s not as expensive as having an operation. It’s not as expensive as having heart bypass. It’s not as expensive as eating out weekly. It’s not as expensive as the internet, or
Netflix, or any of these things that we do because we want to. You can make baby step changes, or you can
do like me and just dive in. But every change you make is a benefit. Hi, this is David. Mastering Diabetes asked me to do another
Update since we did an interview back in June, it’s now December. As to my statistics, I’ve been maintaining
my weight now between 165 to 167 and a half, my last 2 A1cs the seas were both 5.5%.

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  • Reply TATTOOEDWOMAN February 19, 2020 at 5:55 pm


  • Reply Rithvik Kiran February 19, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Amazing testimonial!

  • Reply Jens Larsen February 19, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Brings tear to my eye. What a great story and person.

  • Reply legal eagle February 19, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    It seems like a dream to eat fruit like that and I love fruit….💕💕….I cannot wait until this is me 🙏🏽🙏🏽

  • Reply novypam February 19, 2020 at 6:34 pm


  • Reply Jennifer Hernandez February 19, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    So amazing David! So encouraging. So creative with your food… i just bought the mastering diabetes book and it literally just got delivered so im excited.

  • Reply Cator CC February 19, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Incredible! Thank you for sharing , thanks for this revolutionary information 💚👏

  • Reply Dave Forgot February 19, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Give us an example day when you first started your first week example these testimonios never get in any kind of detail I mean he did

  • Reply Janice Morris February 19, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Uh Helllo!!! how much more proof do people need??? 6 months devoted to getting well is nothing compared to a lifetime of ill health

  • Reply Yvette February 20, 2020 at 1:31 am

    Wow I truly needed to hear this, thanks so much for sharing😊

  • Reply kd2mill February 20, 2020 at 2:55 am

    If I could afford it, I'd get the "Mastering Diabetes" book for my doctor. He had me on a "keto friendly" diet and even accused me of "cheating" when my numbers kept going up. I've been on a plant based diet for a month now and my numbers have plummeted and I've lost 10 pounds. I'll see my doctor in April and hope my A1C will be substantially lower and my weight should be down at least 20 lbs. I can't wait.

  • Reply Sami Moha February 20, 2020 at 4:25 am


  • Reply Emuna Bee February 20, 2020 at 11:21 am

    This is lovely – the information, the perseverance, the photographs, the food.

  • Reply Soli February 20, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Powerful testimonial!

  • Reply D Singh February 20, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    David, can you please tell me what type of Pita bread that was shown in the video? Did you made it yourself, and if so, can you please disclosed the ingredients? Thank you.
    Btw, you're doing great! I wish you the best and continue your journey to be healthy.
    Thank you for sharing your story with us; God bless you 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Reply Talal Alwisabi February 20, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    I reversed my diabetes in three days on keto diet, adding intermittent fasting, no snacks, I reversed the whole metabolic syndrome,

  • Reply Barb 0013 February 20, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    I think if you just stop eating all processes food you can do the same thing. Limit meat to once a day and not at every meal.

  • Reply LoboKhan1 February 20, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    So no meat at all?

    I'm curious to know if others were able to achieve the same results by cutting back their meat intake by half(lean beef/chicken/turkey), and eating minimum 4 servings of fruit per day and more fiber/grain intake.
    Do you have to go full vegetarian?

    What about bread or a dessert now and then.
    Does it mean no more desserts ever?

    How much did exercise and losing weight play a part in the results?

    I've seen how People have had results to reverse diabetes, health problems, and keeping excess weight off by doing intermittent fasting.

    Anyone else have any input on that?

  • Reply Stef Pali February 20, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Bravo David! Amazing lifestyle transformation! 😍🎉

  • Reply T Lyons February 21, 2020 at 1:26 am

    I love my life without meat(animals)…we are not supposed to eat animals anyway

  • Reply Shanti February 21, 2020 at 11:48 am

    For most people, eating fruit greatly spikes blood sugar!

  • Reply Whole Plant Foods Genesis 1:29 February 21, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    The food photos are so creative!! Wow!! Awesome!! God bless you 😇🌿❣️

  • Reply d February 22, 2020 at 4:49 am

    What everyone needs to know is this. INSULIN specially chronic high insulin is the root cause of a majority of health problems folks have. When you control insulin and keep it as low as possible your health greatly improves. If your blood sugar shoots up after eating a certain food you bet your insulin just shot up to. Insulin resistance is because you made way to much insulin for a long time. What causes insulin to go up folks? Anyone? So reduce how many times you eat, reduce drinking calories and certain foods spike insulin.

    Some of you folks are special ed and just don't get what is behind type 2 diabetes. What foods have low insulin response? Anyone? FAT has very very very low insulin response, fat does not make you fat. Fat does not cause t2d far from it. What is the next food that is low in insulin response? anyone? meat, very very low. What spikes insulin high? anyone? carbs, carbs are sugar, breads, pastas, potatoes… this will drive insulin high. A diet full of carbs will run insulin high.

    Don't have to believe me, eat some fat and then test your blood sugar, oh what did you say? your blood sugar didn't go up. well guess what your insulin stayed low. Eat some meat and then test your blood sugar, oh what did you say? it barely moved? well your insulin stayed low. What you ate a banana (carb) and your blood sugar shot thru the roof? so did your insulin, eat enough of this kind of food for years and guess what type 2.

    This is not hard all. keep the insulin low and you will beat diabetes and loose weight and live longer. If a simple man can figure this out from KS why the hell can't the rest of you get it??????????? My god you all need to stop being so stupid when it comes to diabetes grow a fcking brain cell…or two.

  • Reply RipeApple February 22, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Heh… good job! But go slow with the spinach.. don't wanna burn your kidneys, eh?

  • Reply Vincent Ponion February 22, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Has anyone had problems with dental health on a fruit based diet ?

  • Reply Karen Smith Texas February 22, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    I have tried to start this diet with oatmeal and fruit and my glucose gets close to 200. Don't understand how fruit or oats can be eaten at breakfast and not raise glucose.

  • Reply Sherry Masser February 22, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Fantastic story. Thank you for sharing. I love eating this way.

  • Reply Heidi Tovar February 23, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    I am reading the book and is truly an awakening call. I just need to start my new eating habits and don’t know how to do it ☹️

  • Reply Caroline Kuo February 24, 2020 at 6:41 am

    Cannot mix fats/oils with Sugars and Carbs

  • Reply ukidding February 24, 2020 at 10:10 am

    good one

  • Reply Dave James February 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Eating fruit is the same as putting a spoonful of sugar in your mouth. not smart and not going to work for most diabetics

  • Reply D Lewis February 26, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    2 things (a) what is the diet and (2) what are chia seeds?

  • Reply Bryn Stables February 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    I’ve been keto past 6 years. It worked well for a few years, came off 2gm metformin and most of my BP meds but last 2 years have really struggled with elevated BG’s and more recently weight gain. Managed to get over my prejudices and have watched a few YTube vids. Started eating fruit only 3 days ago, and now BG slowly coming down. Have cut out my usual fat sources and it may just be working. My energy is not quite as good though. I was eating about 90gm protein daily. I’m hopeful anyway. Thank you so much for your testimony David, it was the first one I watched.

  • Reply Elizabeth Walker February 28, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    I keep coming back to watch this video as it is very inspirational for me. I am in a similar situation as David was at the beginning of his journey. Thankyou for posting the success stories.

  • Reply Bogle Reid February 29, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    All those people that gave this a thumbs down were watching this whilst sitting at Krispy kreme..

  • Reply Shukuru Zote March 1, 2020 at 3:50 am

    As a type 2diabetic, I eat fruits and vegetables for breakfast and supper and it has done wonders this is a drstic diet to manage my situation.

  • Reply nyi min khant March 1, 2020 at 10:10 am

    To be healthy ; eat low crabs ; dont eat rice ,breads. wheats . noddles .cut off all carbohydrates and eat more veges soup.& meat soups & nuts & seeds .Don't eat and avoid junk foods such as KFC ,Mc donald ,fry chicken .oliy cooked foods.fry foods.
    Eat various green vege soups mixed with meats fish .Dont eat process foods and deep fry foods .Do walking exercises 10000-20000 steps per days .Drink water 2-3 leters per day .Sleep 7 -8 hr per day .Reduce stress and tension .Dont worry for tomorrow.Pls be mindful in present situation and try to do meditation 15 -30 min per day if you have times.

  • Reply dab 1563 March 1, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Lot of carbs

  • Reply Susan John March 2, 2020 at 11:15 am

    David, do you share your recipes too?

  • Reply Frank Manto March 2, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Lessons Learned: 1.) Even if you've been carrying around a lot of extra weight and have been a diabetic for over a decade or longer, type 2 can be reversed and you can come off of your meds. 2.) It doesn't matter how old you are, you can be over 60. Your body will heal itself and you'll get all the energy back that you didn't have for many years. 3.) This method DOES have variety in its menu options.

  • Reply ankur khurana March 4, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Eat Millets in grains rather than wheat, rice or any other type… Millets have highest content of fibre amongst all the types of grain.

  • Reply edward helms March 5, 2020 at 1:56 am

    I did it in 4 months on a Keto diet. still loosing weight.

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