Using Very Low Carb Diets, also known as “keto” or “ketosis,” to Treat Type 2 Diabetes

I’m delighted to report a success. I was diagnosed as being a Type 2 diabetic 11 or 12 years ago. I have since been looking for “the diabetic fountain of youth” and had about as much success as did Ponce de Leon. That is, I had no success.

I went through many years of experimenting with various drugs, diets, “magic cures” and everything else. I used to take 7 different prescription pills plus I gave myself two different injections of two different kinds of insulin every day. The only thing that happened is that the diabetes slowly became worse and worse. Three months ago I threw all my prescriptions away. Today, I don’t even take an aspirin. I signed up for HEALcare at and I have followed the prescribed regimen religiously. I now take no pills or injections. This week, I had my quarterly blood test and, for the first time ever in 11 or 12 years, I am no longer classified as a diabetic. Hoo-ray!

The HEALcare plan advocates a very low carbohydrate diet. This is often also called a ketosis diet or simply Keto. It has been very successful for me. My A1c readings used to vary from 7.8 to 8.0. After three months on keto, my A1c this week is 6.0. If you are familiar with A1c readings, you undoubtedly know that indicates that I am no longer a diabetic. I prefer to say that the diabetes is in remission.

Please keep in mind I am not a trained medical expert and anything I write should never be interpreted as medical advice for you with one exception: I strongly suggest you explore your options, both by reading books and by reading online articles. Then consult with your medical professional before making any changes. That’s what I did. I wouldn’t want anyone to start this regimen without first seeking advice from a medical professional who is experienced in keto diets. Again, that’s what I did.

Also, while I had great success with the HEALcare program, I cannot say that this is the best such service available. In short, HEALcare is the only clinic I have ever worked with that deals with keto diets. There maybe better (or worse) keto clinics. I simply don’t know. I tried this clinic first and had great success so I never went looking for any others. I do know there are a number of clinics available that offer counseling on keto diets. You might prefer to find a Keto clinic nearer to your home. I will say, however, that it isn’t necessary to live nearby. Several of the Keto clinics treat customers all over the country and maybe all over the world remotely. I have only met my doctor face-to-face one time but we converse by telephone or by online teleconference at least monthly. I also converse weekly with members of his staff by online teleconference or by telephone.

Also, please be aware that there is contradictory information floating around about the effectiveness and the long-term implications of keto diets. Some medical personnel are in favor of keto diets while other medical personnel will discourage you. You need to consider all recommendations, consult with a medical professional who is knowledgeable with keto diets, and then make up your own mind.

A comment originally posted by:
Thank you for sharing your experience of a drug free solution. I am trying not to get diabetes, runs generation after generation in my family, someone has diabetes.  Of course it goes without saying everyone has to figure out what works for them, but you bring hope.

A comment originally posted by

Dick, Are you going to tell us what your solution was to overcoming diabetes?  I would personally be interested to know.

A comment from Dick Eastman:

Yes. I explained it in the above post, “Very low carb diets, also known as “keto” or “ketosis”

My solution was a very low carbohydrate diet, also known as Ketosis or Keto.

A comment originally posted by LS Miranda

Yes, this is an especially important distinction. There is an engineer, Marty Kendall, who has done several talks that are up on the Low Carb Down Under YouTube channel. He is the husband of a T1 diabetic, and he (being the engineer he is) has a lot of blood glucose level information as to how being in ketosis has affected his wife’s situation. Of course it does not cure T1, but it flatlines the wild blood glucose swings that can be such a stressor on the body.

Search for ‘Marty Kendall’ in the LCDU list:

4 thoughts on “Using Very Low Carb Diets, also known as “keto” or “ketosis,” to Treat Type 2 Diabetes

  1. Congratulations Dick!

    Last time you posted about T2D you were on a plant based (low fat?) diet and not doing so well. I tried to talk you into keto.

    I reversed my T2D in 17 days (FBG 315 to <100), (Sept 2015) maybe because I learned about low carb and intermittent fasting immediately after Dx. My A1c dropped to 5.2 after 3 months and has been 5.2-5.4 for over three years now (down from 11.3 at Dx.)

    BTW, I now see one can do keto on a vegetarian diet. Lots of good info on (India)

    Heal clinics is a good program. Dr Westman is a pioneer and has been running clinics for a long time. He co-authored "The New Atkins" book along with Volek and Phinney.

    Another good program is Virta Volek, Phinney and Hallberg are founders.


    1. —> Last time you posted about T2D you were on a plant based (low fat?) diet and not doing so well.

      Yes, and over the years I tried a couple of other diets and various drugs, exercise programs, various over-the-counter pills, numerous prescription drugs prescribed by doctors, and more. Most of them turned out to be worthless. The prescription drugs mostly gave me undesirable side effects that were worse than the diabetes. The vegan diet actually was the only one that worked quite well for about 4 years but never entirely cured my diabetes or drove it into remission. While I was a vegan, I stopped taking all the drugs and I lost quite a bit of weight. My A1c went down somewhat but never as much as I wanted. After about 4 years, the vegan diet seemed to become less and less successful as my A1c readings started increasing.

      After spending 5 years on the vegan diet, I started experimenting with some other so-called “solutions.” I started reading about the low carbohydrate diet and decided to try it. After all, I had nothing to lose. I found a clinic that specializes in using low carb diets to cure various medical problems or to at least drive those problems into remission. I signed up. I was very surprised and delighted with the results. I now take no drugs at all, not even an aspirin, and not any more insulin shots. My A1c reading taken last week says that I am no longer considered to be a diabetic.

      Is that proof? Can it be duplicated by other people? Will it work for everyone? I have no idea. I can only report one person’s experience: my own. Anyone else’s experience might be different from mine. But I hope that reading about my experience will encourage others to consider looking for alternative methods to improve or even cure their own medical problems.

      Again, I recommend everyone talk it over with their own medical experts, preferably someone experienced in the possible changes being considered, before making any changes to their own diet, drugs, exercise regimen, or lifestyle. I did.


  2. Dick,
    Good to hear Keto has worked for you as well. My husband also brought his Diabetes under control using Keto. It has been a Godsend for results. His doctor even sent him a congratulatory email in March after the blood work showed his A1C levels now down to 6.2 and the weight down 20 lbs. All going in the right direction. We’ll stay on the Keto way at my house. And, we eat real food! That’s the other bonus. All processed foods were eliminated and that made a world of difference.


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