Mary

I was feeling very unwell, difficult to get up in the morning, lethargic and miserable. I had 3 children living at home so it was challenging. After many visits to the doctor, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It took some time. Because I was not overweight, the doctor assumed that I would not have diabetes.

I was told that the only option was to take medication and reduce carbohydrates in the diet – something that I would have to do for the rest of my life. They become rather upset when I wanted to try alternatives. I said if there was no improvement in 3 months then I would revert to conventional treatment.

I spoke to Richard, borrowed a number of books, started a high-carbohydrate, plant-based diet, bought a treadmill which I use every day. My three-monthly checks have shown normal results and my doctor is always surprised as she reads to me the results. I sit there thinking, bloody hell why would the data show any decline? The Drs make out you are doomed and heading to an early grave when you’ve got Type 2. I’m following what you told me to do – plant based diet, exercise and it worked.