Samantha – Polycystic Ovary Patient Profile

Here’s a story from a reader  with Polycystic Ovarian syndrome (PCOS). She writes:

In 1999, I was diagnosed with PCOS, a condition caused by insulin resistance, which includes other horrible symptoms such as weight gain, hirsutism and acanthosis nigricans, and early development of diabetes. I tried lots of things to fix the PCOS, natural herbs, progesterone therapy, etc. Nothing worked. When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I had been using progesterone for the previous 6 months so that I could have a period. Before that time, I had gone for 1.5 years without a period – a perfect situation for developing endometrial cancer.

The same thing that resolved my type 2 diabetes has also resolved the PCOS. The fact is, I have not been this healthy – EVER! Even when I was 20 years old in the military with 21% body fat, running 3 to 5 miles per day 5 days per week, I was not this healthy. I may still be overweight, but oddly enough, my health is still better! Even when I was thin and even as a teenager, my cycle was at least 45 days long as a result of estrogen dominance and insulin resistance. 

In May 2015, my fasting blood sugar was 195, my cholesterol was high and I was clearly overweight. An A1C test of 9.0% confirmed the diagnosis of T2D. I was only 37 years old. I had been trying to prevent this, and here it was anyway. My grandmother suffered with it for years with massive blood clots, loss of the use of her hands and eyes, and she eventually died from its complications. My husband’s mother dropped dead as a result of a diabetes related massive heart attack at age 62. Two elderly neighbors had already lost their legs to it. My ex-husband’s grandmother went blind as a result of it. I knew diabetes to be evil and unmerciful. Type 2 diabetes stole from you every day, made your life miserable, was incurable and then killed you. At only 37 years old, I figured I’d be dead by 60, maybe 70 if I was lucky.

My doctor didn’t give me any hope either. She said, “Diabetes is a progressive disease. The medication I’m going to prescribe you will help delay the consequences of having diabetes for about 10 years, but after that, you will develop some or all of these symptoms: loss of your eye sight, loss of the use or actual loss of your legs and/or feet, loss of sensation in your hands, high blood pressure which could result in stroke or heart attack, pain in different areas of your body…” I kind of stopped hearing from that point. I guess that’s shock. I got my thoughts together and asked her if I could resolve this with diet and exercise. At this point, I was 256 lbs. wearing a women’s size 20W. She repeated in response, “Diabetes is a progressive disease.”

I was just looking for any hope, even a slim chance that I could beat this. Instead, she gave me 4 prescriptions for: a) Metformin 1000mg; b) Atorvastatin Calcium (a.k.a. Lipitor) 40mg; c) Glipizide (this is a sulfonylurea) 5mg; and d) Lisinopril (an ACE inhibitor) 10mg. I had no intention of taking any medication. I hadn’t even heard of a natural way of curing diabetes, but I knew one thing for sure…everyone who got on diabetes medication that I knew still died and lived miserably before they died.

My thought was, I will fight this however the hell I can. I asked her again, but in a different way, about my diet. I asked what should I eat or not eat. She told me to avoid potatoes, rice, bread, pasta, flour, any starches, sugar, desserts, etc., and told me I could see the nutritionist assigned to the hospital.

I spent several hours that night on YouTube watching any video which looked even remotely legitimate and related to reversing or curing diabetes. Dr. Jason Fung is the only person, let alone doctor, that I found who: 1) wasn’t just trying to just sell his book by giving tidbits of information but not the full picture; 2) used real research, charts, graphs and studies to support his methods; 3) actually dealt with real people and had proof of helping real people; 4) advocated not just a diet change but pinpointed fasting as the key; 5) told the truth that insulin resistance is the real issue and everything else is just symptoms or effects; 6) said that diabetes could be cured (this by itself is a bold claim); and 7) made himself available to anyone via email, etc. Although Dr. Fung advocated any whole food approach that limited processed foods (this may be an oversimplification), he didn’t reallly dictate which diet was best. I chose to do low carb. I also spent the next several weeks watching all of the videos on his channel – some of them twice!

HOW I ATE ON A REGULAR BASIS

I ate uncured bacon, real eggs, butter, 80/20 ground meat, unprocessed meats, wild salmon and mackerel, coconut oil, any green vegetable, cauliflower, tomatoes, any nuts, tomatoes, cherries, limes, Himalayan pink salt, xylitol, hard cheeses and strawberries all the time. Occasionally (meaning once every 2 weeks or more) I had beans, grapefruit, plums, popcorn (yes, I had real popcorn made with coconut oil and butter cooked on the stove top). Very rarely (maybe 1 out of 30 meals), I ate restaurant food, and even then, I skipped the soda and went with diet or sweet tea with real sugar that I limited to 2 packets.

I found that if I ate carbs, they had to have half of the grams of carbohydrates they contain to come from fiber in order for them not to negatively affect my 2-hr after meal blood sugar reading. About 2 months into my diet, I added cracked bulgur wheat (a version from Haiti) which has 24g carbs and 13g of fiber per serving. I recently started using fufu flour to bread and fry (in lard or palm oil) chicken and fish. Fufu flour is made from plantains and also has a 2 to 1 ratio of carbs to fiber (4g carbs and 2g fiber). It crisps perfectly with a great taste. I occasionally use coconut flour to fill out recipes such as meatballs or crab-stuffed mushrooms which need a starch to tie the oil and meat together. Coconut flour has a ratio of 9g carbs to 6g fiber. I use hulled hemp seeds which have 3g carbs and 3 g fiber and put them on anything because they just taste good and are cheap.

Previously everything was underpinned with rice or pasta. Now I learned that meat and vegetables were fine. I underpin my foods with bulgur wheat, finely chopped and sautéed cauliflower, spaghetti squash or just well buttered and seasoned vegetables. I try to mix cheese and nuts into every meal because they fill me up. I even learned how to make sweet and spicy hot wings using Cholula hot sauce, balsamic vinegar, xylitol and oil from the renderings from baking the wings or just using fried (unbreaded) wings.

HOW I EXERCISED

I just went to the local park and walked as fast as I could, 6 days per week. After 2 months, I got a gym membership and started doing the elliptical for 30 minutes at between 325 and 350 calories 2-3 days per week. I also tried my best to add in upper body strength training. However, I kept my walking routine because it became habit, and I pretty much got to know every person and their dogs at the park.

HOW I FASTED

I’m just going to give you the days I fasted straight out. I do water-only fasting. I started my diet and exercise 27 May 2015, and I fasted as follows:
1) 22-24 June 2015 (exactly 72 hours)

2) 8-11 July 2015 (started night of 7 July and ended at breakfast 11 July)

3) 20 July 2015 (about 20 hours and then ate dinner with a friend)

4) 21 – 23 July 2015 (started night of 20 July and ended at 2pm on 23 July)

5) 29 July 2015 (exactly 24 hours – I did this fast because I ate fast food with a client)

6) 3-5 August 2015 (about 2.5 days)

7) 7 August 2015 (ate around noon the following day so 1.5 days)

8) 16 August 2015 (about 20 hours)

9) 20 August 2015 (ate around noon the following day so 1.5 days)

10) 7-11 September 2015 (ate at 2pm 11 September) *This was the first time I ever got a blood sugar reading in the 70s. It also hit 73 one day after I ended this fast. This reading was so unusual for me that I had to go back and look up what was normal!

HOW I LOST WEIGHT

I lost 12 lbs. the first month and then 6 lbs. per month thereafter for a total of 30 lbs. going from 256 to 226 in 4 months. I had a goal of 48 lbs. and didn’t make it. I used mostly 3-5 day fasts because I wanted quick results that I couldn’t undo by eating wrong. I wasn’t focused on weight loss but on beating diabetes. So although alternative day fasting doesn’t slow your metabolism, multiple day fasts do seem to slow it a little. However, the benefit you get from insulin sensitivity is well worth a long fast over a short one.

THE EFFECTS OF MY LIFESTYLE CHANGE
I was having a lot of tingling, numbness, swelling and some burning in my left foot. That went away immediately. A burning in my left upper thigh near my hip took longer to go away. Honestly, I had to pray on it, and I believe the prayer was more effective than anything because the burning was keeping me from sleeping. It’s hard to sleep when you are on fire. Now, I have no pain in that area. However, it took almost the full 4 months to get complete relief, and even as I sit here, there is a slight tingling but nothing painful or uncomfortable enough to concern me. My fingers would go to sleep, and now that happens rarely and is limited to only my left pinky finger.

I suffered with chronic yeast and bacterial infections which are now gone completely. The hair on my face from the PCOS-related hirsutism is disappearing and what’s left is finer and softer. The hair on my head is softer and naturally oiled instead of dry and flaking. I have a smaller waistline and a nicer butt – so says my husband! My period has returned on time each month starting at the beginning of July. My husband and I actually have an expectation of being pregnant sooner than later; before this, we just had faith and prayer with no physical evidence that things were going in the right direction.

HOW MY BLOOD PRESSURE CHANGED
a) 27 May 2015 it was 142/92

b) 29 June 2015 it was 128/83

c) 28 Sep 2015 it was 101/75
DID I USE ANY MEDICATIONS OR SUPPLEMENTS?
I used no prescription medications except for those prescribed for the yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis. The ones the doctor sent me are still in the envelopes. I did take a multi-vitamin, magnesium, B-complex and vitamin D every day for the first month. While fasting during the first two months, I used only magnesium, B-complex, potassium and Himalayan pink salt. It helped reduce the coldness in my feet and hands for some reason. I started supplementing with 500 to 1000 mcg of chromium per day starting in month 3 (August). It really helped me to get my blood sugars to fall within 2 hours of eating a meal instead of waiting 4 hours for them to fall to pre-meal (pre-prandial) levels. I put cinnamon on some foods.

HOW I CHECKED MY BLOOD SUGAR
I’m a nerd. I love charts and graphs and believe in fact-based decision making. I’m also a programmer, so I love data. I put all my blood sugar reading in Microsoft Excel and examined the trends and patterns.

I took approximately 5 to 8 readings per day, and almost never missed taking my morning reading. My morning reading is always over 100 (dawn phenomenon?) but can be lowered based on the amount and time that I consumed carbs the previous day. So I try to eat less carbs in the evening as a rule of thumb.

The key thing I noticed is that after a 3 day fast, my averages would drop about 10 points for at least 2 weeks. I guess that represents increased sensitivity. The thing about taking your blood sugar often is that you get a feel for what you did right or wrong. It can make you anxious especially when things seem to go wrong, and you can’t figure out why. However, most often, if I looked back at my meals, time between meals, exercise, rest and other factors, I could figure out what was happening. For example, I noticed that a hard 1-hour workout would lower my blood sugar, but a medium one would raise it. However, if I didn’t work out at all, all my numbers that day and the following morning were higher.

WHAT WILL I DO NOW?
Continue doing low carb. Check my A1C once per month with the over-the-counter test you can buy at Walmart for like $23 for 2 tests. Focus on weight loss by adding in strength training. I may go back to cardio-kickboxing too. I quit the class just before I was diagnosed because I used to get dizzy and nauseous. That was definitely the undiagnosed diabetes!

I can confidently say I beat diabetes and prediabetes in 4 months

Samantha

2017-10-27T19:51:46-04:0066 Comments

About the Author:

Dr. Fung is a Toronto based kidney specialist, having graduated from the University of Toronto and finishing his medical specialty at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. He is the author of the bestsellers ‘The Obesity Code’ and ‘The Complete Guide to Fasting’. He has pioneered the use of therapeutic fasting for weight loss and type 2 diabetes reversal in his IDM clinic.

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Jummy

Thanks for sharing your story, Samantha. I resonated so much with it and appreciate the detail that you shared and I’m glad you’re a chart and graph nerd because it’s helpful to see this documented information and use it to analyze your improvement. I’m Nigerian and fufu flour is Nigerian in origin so I’m going to make sure to bring a lot of it home when I go to visit next.

I just discovered Dr. Fung’s site and I can’t wait to share my own success story.

Samantha
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Samantha

I tell as many people as I can. I’m just so happy to be well. I wish you success on your journey. I love the fufu flour for frying. It crisps perfectly! God bless Nigeria!

Brian Ralston
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Brian Ralston

WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!

Samantha
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Samantha

Thanks, Brian!

Fran Sawyer
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Fran Sawyer

Wow! What a great testimony! Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is such an inspiration. Congratulations on your success!

Samantha
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Samantha

Thanks, Fran. Dr. Fung and his previous patient stories inspired me to fight and win!

Stephen
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Stephen

The best description of the path !!!!
Some of us are cought in medical “philosophy”, you cought me with your storry, giving away your secrets and organized, practical ways.
CONGRATULATIONS !
And thank you !

Samantha
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Samantha

Thanks, Stephen. I felt like I was experimenting on myself. But it worked, and that’s the part that makes me laugh.

corrie
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corrie

Thank you for writing such a comprehensive report! What a thrill to see such great results and to find hope in the face of the dire predictions! Best wishes!

Samantha
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Samantha

Thanks, Corrie. Best wishes to you as well!

Pat
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Pat

Thank you, Samantha. A great inspiration for fasting!

Where do I get some fufu flour?

Angela
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Angela

So Awesome!

Samantha
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Samantha

Pow!

Jenny seger
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Jenny seger

Fantastic, powerful story! Congrats and thank you for sharing!

Samantha
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Samantha

Thanks, Jenny.

Desmond
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Desmond

Thank you Samantha. I also stated about 4 months ago with low carb and intermittent fasting. The longest fast I have done was 36 hours and I got good results with a drop in insulin dosage but now it seems that I am having difficulty reducing further. After reading your story, I’m convinced that I need longer periods of fasting, so I am going to try 48 hours and then longer if possible. Take care and hope you continue to enjoy good health.

Samantha
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Samantha

Hi Desmond, For me, there were only 2 difficulties in doing a 2-3 day fast: 1) The mild 6-12 hour headache I would get at the 24 hour mark; and 2) the freezing cold feet I would get on the 2nd night. The headache goes away and with the right vitamins, the cold feet do so as well. I also got good results with 1 day fasting, one reasonable meal and then 2 days fasting. So if you go for a 3 day and slip, just pick it back up the next day. I also did day on day off.… Read more »

Tamarah
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Tamarah

way to go Samantha,, I wish more people had your drive for Health .

Samantha
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Samantha

Thanks, Tamarah

Janknitz
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Janknitz

Almost 16 years ago a wonderful forward thinking endocrinologist recommended a low carb diet to treat my PCOS (before Dr. Fung and his fasting recommendations). I had my first ovulatory period EVER within 30 days of that, and to my utter surprise (not trying, as I was already over 40!) I was pregnant 6 months later. My wonderful surprise turns 15 next week. PCOS is a metabolic issue, and treatment aimed at reducing insulin resistance works. Wishing you continued great success and a happy, healthy pregnancy.

Samantha
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Samantha

Thanks, Janknitz. Your comment is so encouraging to me. I wish I could have responded earlier, but I was on vacation and totally didn’t check the site to see if my patient story had posted. My husband and I really want children. We’ve dreamed about them, prayed for them, imagined them and now it’s just so close. You are the first real person to confirm my belief that fixing the insulin resistance fixes the PCOS. 40 is not at all old. I have a friend who didn’t think she could get pregnant, but yet had her first child at 42… Read more »

Dev
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Dev

Samantha- Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I have a specific question in regards to your 72 hours of fasting.What was your Fasting Sugar level in the morning. If you do not have any intake of food prior day & still did you experienced liver dump i.e. Dawn Phenomenon ? Your response or Dr.Fung’s response will be much appreciated as I am on 24 hour fasting five days a week i.e. I eat every twenty four hours & take Glumetza-Extended Release 1000 MG at dinnertime & still my morning /fasting blood sugar is above 9 MMOL/L. I am on… Read more »

Samantha
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Samantha

Hi Dev, Yes, I definitely suffered with the dawn phenomenon, even while on a 2 or 3 day fast, my morning number would be 10 to 20 mg/DL higher than I expected it to be. Even when my A1C was 5.3, my morning blood sugar could easily be 120! I figured out several things that lowered my morning number. 1) If I exercised the previous day (particularly strenuous exercise) for 30 minutes to 1 hr 2) If I didn’t eat at least 4 hours before I went to bed 3) If I didn’t eat any significant carbs (0 net carbs… Read more »

Dev
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Dev

Samantha

Thanks a million for your detailed response.I have looked at your morning blood sugar chart & think that eventually it will come down with the combination of LCHF Diet +Fasting +Exercise+Medicine. Your story is so inspiring.Thanks once again.

Dev

Samantha
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Samantha

I wish you success. You’ll do well.

Samuel
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Samuel

Wow! This is really an inspiring story. I think your approach of taking numerous blood glucose readings to actually quantify diet, exercise, and fasting effects is what is necessary. There is no way around it. Each person will react differently, and I have always felt that the glycemic index, and even glycemic load is more a ploy just to induce you into eating foods in combinations and quantities which may be harmful. You have to eat a meal, test, and then make adjustments best on the test results.

Samantha
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Samantha

I agree, Samuel. I think taking more measurements and keeping track of what/how you’re doing is essential. It made me be more responsible. I actually cared about each number, and I was less likely to give up all my hardwork. Plus, I had something to look at, something to focus on, a real goal, not just random numbers that might or might not be perfect from moment to moment. I only used the glycemic index to choose the fruit I could eat in the beginning. This is why I chose cherries mostly and then occasionally grapefruit (since I don’t take… Read more »

Susie Pease
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Susie Pease

Just awesome and inspiring! Discovered Dr. Fung’s lectures and insights recently and got going but he is right that encouragement and support are really important. Your story is just that, and came at just the right time for me. Thank you so much for posting it!!!

Samantha
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Samantha

Thanks, Susie. I wish you success!

Monica
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Monica

Dr. Fung, I’m really glad you share this story as it is a perfect real example on how fasting and low carb diet works to cure several deseases at the same time. I’d like to hear your feedback on Samantha’s comment regarding to morning BS and the fact that they are always above 100’s as it happens to me too. I started LC & Fasting back in April. My insulin resistance is gone and my BS’ are perfect during the day but, morning reads are always in the 100’s no matter what. In had discovered that BS goes down to… Read more »

Stephen
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Stephen

I woul’d answer ur question, but i can’t !
Excited to get that answer too.

Monica
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Monica

Let’s wait for Jason. Any how, in case we do not hear from him, I’d really love you to reply. I have some theories and had done some experiments to prove them but, still my knowledge on physiology is limited. I’m a chemist, then my view is more on the biochemistry and thermodynamics side.
Thanks
MP

Maria
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Maria

Cortisol levels naturally rise in the morning and cortisol raises insulin

Samantha
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Samantha

Hi Maria,

The dawn effect (for me) went away. Please see my reply to Dev above. The length of my sleep did not change. I get 8 hours of sleep, don’t eat 4 hours before sleep and my morning numbers are now normal. The only thing that changed for sure was my vitamin/mineral supplementation and midday sunlight exposure. I didn’t fast the entire month either. I can’t say this is a cure, but something happened. Check out how my morning blood sugar numbers changed in November. http://1drv.ms/1Tm8egn

John C
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John C

I found the dawn effect persisted for a long time, even after losing a lot of weight and stabilising blood sugars throughout the rest of the day, but it gradually diminished and I haven’t noticed it for a while now.

Kolin
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Kolin

Monica & Stephen-

Dr.Jason Fung has responded in brief indicating the dawn phenomenon responsible for morning liver dumping process.We would like to have your perspectives too until Dr.Fung explains in detail.

Kolin

Laura Baier
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Laura Baier

My Doctor has finally agreed that I am insulin resistant in the worst way. He believes what will help my condition is a new drug called Invokana. I am currently on theLCHF diet and doing well, having lost 10 lbs. in 12 days. The question is would this drug actually be beneficial to me, as I am not familiar with it. Thank you for your time Laura

Dr. Jason Fung: I prescribe Invokana preferentially over most other T2D medications. It is an SGLT2 Inhibitor drug class

kolin
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kolin

Laura Baier :

You need to check the warning issued by FDA for Invocana & discuss with your doctor who are the best judge. The following is the link :
Invokana and Invokamet (canagliflozin): Drug Safety Communication – New Information on Bone Fracture Risk and Decreased Bone Mineral Density
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm461876.htm

Christopher
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Christopher

Samantha, you are my hero. Thank you for such a detailed and yet unvarnished view of your life. In your pictures, you look both healthy and contented. I wish you continued success.

Samantha
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Samantha

Thanks, Christopher. I’m exceedingly happy.

Nate
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Nate

Great job! And in such a short time! It would be fun to see your picture in Nov of 2016.

Samantha
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Samantha

Might be big and pregnant by then!

John C
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John C

Well done. I also used my software development experience to log (probably over-excessively) my progress. Just as Dr Bernstein did for himself decades ago I think that knowing what you eat and what effect each food has on you are essential. Dr Fung’s blogs and videos explain this very well, and hearing the testimony of individuals like yours helps us all take responsibility for our own healthcare. I still take note of what my doctors say, but I’ve changed several doctors in favour of those who will listen to me and talk to me as an adult, even if they… Read more »

Samantha
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Samantha

John, when I started this journey, my VA doctor wrote me off. When she saw my results 4 months later, she asked me what I was doing and celebrated my success. I think most doctors are trained to treat people a certain way and either don’t know or simply refuse to acknowledge there is a different way. And they don’t have the time. Some just don’t keep up with new data, facts, techniques, studies, etc. They’ve got the medications down pat, however. As a software developer, you know how important it is to keep current and even ahead of the… Read more »

Kim
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Kim

Samantha,

Thank you so much for sharing your story! I was diagnosed November 20th, exactly 3 weeks ago. I have been reading everything I can get my hands on and have given up all sugar/carbs and have started LCHF. I am going to do my first fast this week. Like you, I do not want to go on meds and I am determined to reverse this. I sincerely appreciate you sharing your story! It gives me hope! Congratulations on your success!

Kim

Tina
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Tina

Hi Samantha, Thanks for sharing your story with in-depth details. Inspiring and useful. I’m on LCHF for the past 18 months. I try to incorporate intermittent fasting once in a while. My fasting sugar is high too. I’m now eating Indian Gooseberries (and bitter gourd powder) every day hoping to reduce it in around a month. I’ve read many articles that it reduces insulin resistance. When I saw your list of vitamins, I noticed, among other things, that you had Chromium. I had read a couple of reports that chromium addresses insulin resistance. I later read that Indian Gooseberries have… Read more »

Tina
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Tina

Hi,

Just wanted to report back.

I had 1 tsp of Indian gooseberry powder and 1/2 tsp of bitter melon powder every day for a month.
And my fasting number has come down from 116 to 96.

(I’m on LCHF way of eating)

Thanks

Tina
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Tina

Sorry, I forgot.

This one month, along with the Indian gooseberry and Bitter melon powders, I also had 4 capsules of Amway Glucose Health every day (major ingredients listed are Chromium picolinate, Garcinia cambogia, Gymnema sylvestre, Parsley Concentrate)

Samantha
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Samantha

Hi, I hadn’t checked this blog in a while. I haven’t tried Indian gooseberries, but now that you mention it, I’m certainly going to look into it.

Nyo
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Nyo

Thank you a lot Samantha for sharing your wonderful experience with us. Excellent job you’ve done! And thank you again to Dr Jason Fung for all the works he has been doing.

Samantha
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Samantha

Hi, Nyo. You’re welcome.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Thank you for sharing. Inspiring. Continued blessings!!!

Samantha
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Samantha

Thanks, Jennifer. Same to you!

Claire
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Claire

Hi Samantha Thank you so much for sharing your story and well done for achieving those great results. Your story really resonated with me a lot as I too suffer with PCOS (and all the horrible symptoms that comes with it) high blood pressure, am overweight and have now been recently diagnosed Type 2 diabetic!!. I wish that when I was diagnosed back in my mid 20’s, (I am 50 now) that more information like this was available to us. I was prescribed the usual Metformin for my diabetes and have been on bendrofluazide and Lisinopril for years for my… Read more »

Samantha
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Samantha

Claire, I am so sorry to hear you’ve been dealing with this for so long. I don’t check this blog often since it’s pretty old. Can you do any water exercises which may help relieve the pressure on your joints?

Linda
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Linda

Hi Samantha! What an amazing story! I resonate with your story so much!! I’m having the dawn phenomenon like crazy! I currently fast. My eating window is from 12N to 6PM. I will usually have two meals in between that time. So I fast daily for 18 sometimes up to 24 hours. Just depends on what’s going on that day. You mentioned that going for a longer period may be more effective, so I will try that! I’ve not taken my prescribed medications in three months and I feel fine. I was prescribed 2K mg of Metformin, 5 mg of… Read more »

Samantha
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Samantha

Hi Linda. Doctors tend to do what they’re trained to do…prescribe medication. Anything you can do to naturally improve your health is good because if you can do it naturally, you can probably maintain it. But as Dr. Fung has said many times, medication simply leads to more medication because it does not resolve the underlying problem. I’m still trying to figure out why my health is so much better when I visit the Tropics (we stay in a place on the beach for like a month). When we go, I consistently get blood sugars in the 80’s and 90’s… Read more »

Barbs
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Barbs

That is amazing Samantha and you did it all on your own with no drugs!!!!! Well done, you look fab and must feel it too.

Loree
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Loree

Hi Samantha, I think I might know how that burning down both sides of your legs can be remedied. I have that same kind of pain from a compressed disk. I noticed that when I get even the least bit dehydrated, that my legs feel like they are on fire. When I am fasting, I have to eat quite a bit more salt to hold onto water and of course, drink a lot more water that usual, especially during the night. I have to drink at least 2 glasses of water before bed, 2 in the middle of the night,… Read more »

Samantha
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Samantha

I haven’t had the leg pain in a long time, and now that I think of it, the last time I had it, I was dehydrated. Good advice. My husband’s always beating me up about drinking more water.

Anita
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Anita

What brand of Fufu flour has a 2:1 (carb to fiber) ratio?

Samantha
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Samantha

I’m not sure but the it came in a box and had an (I’m not kidding) African king on the box with a bunch of feathers. I hope I remember this correctly! LOL

Deborah Satterfield
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Deborah Satterfield

Hi Samantha, you are so inspiring. Have you heard of anyone following your regiment getting rid of diabetic neuropathy?

Natanya White
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Natanya White

Hi Samantha, Thanks for your very comprehensive article. I am very grateful to God that I found you on the web and have read your info on T2D three times. I am going to the bookstore tomorrow to get Dr. Fung’s book. This is the answer to my prayer of six years to find the cure for T2D. Thank you, JESUS!!! You have a very infectious personality that draws people to you. You are the real deal young lady! But seriously, I really appreciate you taking the time to share your story. God bless you now and always.

taia
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its really nice to read your post.i am 30 years old and was diagnosed with pcos for few years but i didnt give much attention to it. Though i have consulted to doctorz and took medicines too but not regular.i dont have acne or weight issue.the main problem is shedding of hairs it falls in the form of big snowball.please suggest any good doctor in xian china
regards

Isha
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Isha

Samantha!!!! Your story has inspired me. Ur my role model. I need to do the same to cure my hirsutism. Ur so motivating. Ur courageous. I have idiopathic hirsutism but it started when i started to eat a lot and more fast food years ago. I want to fix it and i believe i have insulin resistance based on home ir test. Can you say your facial hair is finer and not thick anymore since?