#IDMsuccess Story: Jean overcomes significant insulin resistance to regain control of her health.

December 1, 2017 the day I started my latest journey to get healthy. I was scared, desperate and skeptical that I was embarking on yet another journey that would lead to failure. The story of my life…a long story of 50+ yrs of yo-yo dieting from a very young age. My journey to Fungster land is a pretty long one. My before picture is from 2010 the year I retired. I was if not, very close to 400 lbs. I had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, PCOS, Hypothyroid disease, Metabolic Syndrome to name a few. I had a truly messed up metabolism. My Endocrinologist calls me the poster child for Insulin Resistance!  I have lost and gained hundreds of pounds over the years, literally. On 5 different diets at different times during my life I’d lost over 100 lbs only to regain it all and then some. The most recent in 2011 I’d lost 150 lbs on Weight Watchers only to put most of it back on again.

In September of 2017, I noticed my brother had lost a significant amount of weight. Although he’s never been obese, he’s always struggled with 20-25 lbs. I asked him what he was doing and he told me about fasting. Like most of us, I was shocked, skeptical, thought he was harming himself etc. He kept talking to me about it, and I started to do some research and on that day 11/29/17 after we were coming back from a trip to Ireland, I thought to myself. “What do I have to lose”

The second picture, was me on 11/28/2017. 100 lbs heavier then when I’d lost my WW weight. I was now back to 350 lbs . My brother belonged to another FB group which he added me to and they’re mostly local individuals fasting, but many were very radical fasters. Although what some were doing was scary, they linked me to some great videos and I found Dr. Fung’s books. I read them all and watched as many videos as I could get my hands on and one lead me to OCN. That’s when everything changed for me.

When I started, I did a 16:8 protocol, built up to 24 hrs, but because of my Diabetes I couldn’t push past 24 hrs. My blood glucose would go too low. I wasn’t losing much weight either but I knew it was working as my blood glucose was coming down. Starting FBS was over 160 and by January was down to 112. At that time I had appointments with my Endocrinologist and Primary. I told them what I was doing, and neither was very happy about it. That wasn’t going to stop me, so I continued without their support. I wasn’t on insulin, but Metformin and Victoza so I knew eventually I would need medical support for medicine changes. By a random posting on my FB page from a friend, I discovered she too was fasting and she belonged to another FB group, that was connected to a local clinic here run by doctors that were Dr. Fung trained. I jumped on it, made a consultation appointment and have been a client of the clinic since April 2018.

I reversed my diabetes in the first 3 months. It was about then that I was being supported by the clinic and they encouraged me to do longer fasts. I was still struggling with roller coaster blood glucose. I decreased Metformin, and then came off it because it was causing the low readings. Since doing that, my bg has stabilized allowing me to do longer fasts. Now I vary my weekly fasting. I was doing 4-5 day fasts on a regular basis but then hit a wall and struggling with fasting of any length. The dr. at the clinic recognized that I wasn’t eating enough between fasts and insisted I take a break. Which I did and couldn’t resume a longer fast for almost a month afterward. This is what Megan Ramos refers to as fasting burnout. It isn’t pretty! Now I’m finding that I don’t gain anymore benefit from a 5 day fast then I do from a 3-4 day fast. Actually my sweet spot is 84 hrs. So I do a variation of a 3 day a week fast every week. I’m consistently losing about 1 lb a week and haven’t hit a stall by doing that.

I follow a Ketogenic diet. I keep my carbs under 20 gr. I’m extremely carb sensitive, more than likely due to my chronic insulin resistance. I actually average about 10 gr a day. I swim for exercise.

I hit a wall last fall after finding I had a tumor on my parathyroid gland. My insulin levels went back up and surgery was scheduled. At that time because I wasn’t able to fast I started putting weight back on again. My insulin resistance was rearing it’s ugly head! I then started working with Nadia Pateguana, one of the IDM Educators. I’ve been working with her since my surgery and working at getting the insulin back down again. Weight is coming back off.

This lifestyle is now just that. It’s my routine. I never vary from it. I’m consistent week to week, day to day. It’s the first time in my life I see me doing this forever. There’s nothing I can’t eat or do. Life is about celebrating as Dr. Fung says and I do that when opportunity presents itself. The key for me now is having the fasting tool to add to my arsenal. I am, however, very picky about my indulgences. It has to be really worth it.

My motivation comes from my “WHY”. I do this for my health. The weight loss is the added benefit, but seeing the medical numbers change is my focus. I’ve reversed the diabetes. My A1C is down to 5.2,  My insulin is coming down, slowly, and I know that will take a very long time to reverse. That’s what keeps me going. Now knowing the insulin resistance is the cause of so many disease, gives me the motivation to keep on going. With my family history of heart disease I have to be mindful of that.

If I were to give one piece of advice to those beginning this woe, it would be first and foremost educate yourself on how this works. You have to have a real understanding so you don’t get discouraged or set high expectations.  Figure out before you start, the why you’re doing it. Healing takes time. Make a commitment to stick to this for the long-haul. Make a commitment to do whatever it takes to get to your goals. You’re going to be faced with tough choices. You have to decide what you’re willing to do to get what you want. Take control of the food. Don’t let it control you.

Finally, the last pictures is from 11/18/18. Almost a year from starting. I’m officially down 90 lbs. I’ve never felt better in my life. I’m so grateful to my team…Dr. Fung, Megan Ramos, Nadia Pateguana and all the other IDM Educators I’ve been fortunate to work with, my doctors at the Metabolic Dietary Solutions Clinic and the OCN group for literally changing my life. I still have a long way to go in my journey but I know with the continued support of my team I will get there!

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Marjorie Gettman
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Marjorie Gettman

Golly, I read Jean’s story and I started to post a comment then changed my mind, clicked off….THEN changed my mind again. I just could not let it go I had to say something. BRAVO!!! I am just completely impressed and blown away by Jean’s fortitude and progress. So happy for her and her A1c value. That is what I am going for. One thing I don’t understand though is the A1c is 5.2 for Jean but she says her insulin is still high…I’m scratching my head… I know it’s because I just don’t understand how it all works. Guess… Read more »

Kent White
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Kent White

I have seen the same as Jean. I am just guessing here but it seems that even though we can bring fasting sugar and A1c down pretty quickly, a lifetime of insulin resistance takes longer to reverse. Just don’t give up.

Loretta Parham
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Loretta Parham

It is my understanding that you can have a normal A1C level but your fasting insulin level is still high. Most physicians do not check a fasting insulin level. Check out Dr. Fung’s YouTube on insulin. I know he explained the fasting insulin level in one of those downloads.

Laila Pinto
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Laila Pinto

True

Jean Marie Polino
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Fasting insulin is what is the root cause of insulin resistance. You can still be insulin resistant and not have Diabetes. In fact, many people are unaware they are insulin resistant because it takes years to develop Diabetes. In my case, I estimate I’ve been insulin resistant since my teens and had undiagnosed PCOS, one of the causes of insulin resistance, since at least my 20’s. I wasn’t diagnosed with PCOS until almost 50 and not diagnosed as Diabetic until about that same time. My insulin levels are very high, when I started my fasting insulin was 34, went down… Read more »

BevR
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BevR

Your story is much like mine I have lost over 100 lbs several times in my life as well.. I became insulin resistant at the ripe old age of 8 after tonsil surgery I gained 20 lbs as a child during summer break (not even Possible!!!) Ever since then I have fought with my weight It took me. 6 months of very strict Keto To realize that only fasting would break me into the world of ketosis …. It took me another 6 months to get comfortable with fasting…. Not only do I struggle with insulin resistance but it is… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

Do you water only fast or soft/dry fast the 4 days ?

Gail Williams
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Thank you Jean for posting such a comprehensive message. It is so inspiring. I am finally learning that my health results must be my biggest motivator. I thought I had burned my pancreas out but even just a few days of doing what I really need to do pays off. Your answers as moderator are always thoughtful and appropriate and appreciated by many who don’t take the time to tell you so. That would be me on most occasions .Thank you for doing what you are doing. I wish you the best of health.

BTW,you look 10 years younger now.

Barbara Robinson
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You mentioned the need and benefit from educating ourselves about fasting and low carb diet. I would add one other component: reading a blog like this one. I have gained SO much knowledge and motivation from others! I get questions answered before I even ask them, get useful hints and strategies, feel less alone in this journey. Thank you for sharing!!!

Nel van Duijn-Smit
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Nel van Duijn-Smit

Thank you so match for sharing,you aren my hero,you really do!!!!!!and by the way you look beautiful,!!

Melissa
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Melissa

Congratulations Jean! You are an inspiration.
Having that local medical support is key.

How do I inquire about Dr. Fung trained doctors in my area? I live in Kelowna BC.

Thanks.

Eric Tauriainen
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Eric Tauriainen

Congrats!

Kelly Jeide
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Kelly Jeide

Jean, you inspire me every day! Your story was great to read. I love your long term commitment and that you stuck with it no matter what. Thank you for all your support on the forums!

Maureen
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Maureen

Congratulations! You are truly inspirational!

karl
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karl

what does OCN mean?

dianne
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What is the OCN you are refering to. and where is the medical practice that was Dr. Fung trained?

Marguerite
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Marguerite

Wow Jean, now I know why you are such an amazing ,helpful, kind and inspiring Moderator. You have educated yourself and walked the walk. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. Wishing you continued health, joy and Peace.

Margie
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Margie

We ❤️ Jean!!
She is an amazing inspiration for so many of us on the Obesity Code Network FB page! I look forward to her no-nonsense, informative & heart-felt replies. Jean’s posts come from a place of personal experience & education. I always look forward to the answers she provides. ((Hugs)) to an amazing woman!

karl
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karl

what does OCN mean? i have posted this question multiple times but it doesn’t get posted.

Susan Kirshenbaum
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Susan Kirshenbaum

Jean’s story really resonates with me. I too am very insulin resistant as a type 2 diabetic. I never realized how insulin resistant i became because I always watched my a1c. But now I realize i was eating a good 70% simple carbs. Most success stories show diabetes vanishing right away, that’s not happening for me. My a1c is 5.4 but I dont know when to shift my metformin; my doctor is not knowledgeable or supportive of keto. Guess, I need help and will look for some idm coaching. Good job Jean, I’m proud of your accomplishments.

Osama gammo
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Osama gammo

after doing fasting for almost a year and dropped my weight by 15 kilograms and following LCHF diet. i could say there is no such thing (reversing diabetes). actually if you turn one day to eat more carbs than what you do in following the diet and fasting then your readings will show an increase in blood glucose.
so while fasting is very good but the low carb is essential for low blood glucose readings .

Cleide Jost
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Cleide Jost

Jean Polino, Congratulations! You are such an inspiration! Your story resumes the most important purpose on the journey of fasting, get your life back!

Deb
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Deb

Such an inspirational story!! Thank you for sharing and CONGRATULATIONS!

karl
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karl

what does OCN mean? This abbreviation is used at least twice.

Kristin Cupp
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Kristin Cupp

Wow, Jean, what a success story! Thank you for sharing and for always being there with support, encouragement, and great information!

Andrea Oliveau
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Andrea Oliveau

Jean, you’ve been educating me and inspiring me in the OCN group for months, but I never knew your full story. Thank you for sharing it!

katherine
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katherine

Your story is so inspirational!! I am in middle TN.. Are there any doctors here doing fasting support? Where would I look for that information? Thanks for all the info and inspiration

Tom M
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Tom M

Thanks for posting your story, Jean. Even though I suffer from no major difficulties, I have been fasting for other reasons. It is encouraging to know you can bypass main-street medicine and achieve success. It’s a shame that your regular doctors are so close-minded and unsupportive and that is a plague that many people suffer through. I wish you continued success and a healthier life going forward.

asilva1ca
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asilva1ca

I am confused about your achievements. My a1c initially went down a few points and fasting would feel so great. My mind would be so clear the more and longer I fasted. But suddenly during my fasting I couldn’t function mentally. I started falling asleep at work and being so tired all the time and making so many mistakes at work. Then I learned about fasting insulin and asked my dr to check mine (he almist fell off his chair). Then he said “well, you are now full blown T2D and here’s a prescription for metformin”. Once taking metformin my… Read more »