Like being punched in the face by Tyson Fury is how Jon Gaunt describes being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. He says it sent him into a panic and felt like a death sentence but he now knows that there are 3 ways to reverse Type 2 Diabetes and take back control of your life.
The 3 methods are: Bariatric Surgery, A drastic 800-calorie milkshake regime or eating a Low Carb High Fat diet (LCHF).
But Jon was not told any of this after that frightening moment 15 years ago when he was diagnosed as a Type 2 Diabetic.
He states that the food guidelines he was given, including the so called Eatwell plate were wrong. They just made him fatter and fatter.
The advice to eat a third of your plate as starchy carbs is bonkers in Gaunty’s view.
He also says that the ever-increasing amounts of drugs that were dished out just increased his weight too.
Jon ended up on ten tablets a day and was just weeks away from having to go on insulin. He was already on Metformin, Gliclazide, Perindopril blood pressure tablets and a load more.
Jon believes that many people in the NHS seem to just treat Type 2 as a road to insulin and amputation rather than practicing lifestyle intervention like Doctor David Unwin, Aseem Malhotra and Tim Noakes suggest.
Jon states “that the advice to eat baked potatoes with beans was terrible, I would have been better off just eating the butter.”
Jon describes his deterioration in health ending up with cataracts, gout, morbidly obese and just sitting on his sofa literally waiting to die. His HbA1c was at 91.
Then he started walking and investigating his tablets and his own health and had a ‘Saint Paul on the Road to Damascus’ moment when he realised that the answer was to eat Low Carb High Fat as people like Noakes, Unwin and Michael Mosley recommend.
Jon started eating this way and combined with gentle walking he turned around his Type 2 Diabetes and his other ailments. However, he carried on researching his diabetes.
Jon now knows there are 3 ways to reverse or cure Type 2 diabetes.
One is Bariatric surgery which Jon is not keen on as he believes it plays to the stigma and idea of Type 2 being a result of gluttony which Jon rejects. Type 2 Diabetes, as Jason Fung says is a disease of Insulin resistance.
The second way is the brilliant work of Professor Roy Taylor of Newcastle University and Mike Lean of Glasgow University with their 800-calorie restriction diet based on only drinking milkshakes and soup for 8 weeks which leads to drastic weight loss.
Jon accepts that this works but his problem with it, is that eventually you do have to re-introduce real food again.
That’s why Jon favours eating real food and following a Low Carb High Fat diet (LCHF) as the best way of getting rapid weight loss and hopefully type 2 diabetes remission or reversal.
Using this method and combined with walking Jon lost weight rapidly and reversed his Type 2 Diabetes.
Jon is very angry that LCHF plans have not been accepted by the NHS as way of dealing with Type 2 despite the thousands of people around the Globe you have or are “curing” themselves by cutting out sugar and starchy carbs.
If you are diabetic, pre-diabetic, obese or even just overweight this honest, amusing and informative podcast will show you that you are not alone.
It will also motivate you to do something about your health and encourage you that you can take back control of your life and live a healthier and longer life.