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    Posted May 14, 2013 by
    Seven Hills, Ohio
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    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    How I Beat Diabetes

    I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when I was 41 years old in 1979. By 2002 I weighed in at 280 pounds. I am 5' 9". I was severely diabetic, was on 43 units of insulin. I was on pain medication for the unbearable pain of neuropathy in both my feet. I had profuse night sweats that would wake me during the night. I suffered from sleep apnea that would occur according to my wife, multiple times an hour. My walking was limited to less than 75 feet because of the neuropathy. I went to Cedar Point Amusement park in 2002, got to the middle of the park and my family had to get a wheel chair to bring me back to the park entrance. I could not walk. I fell asleep while driving on the Interstate and hit the concrete median wall - thankfully neither I nor anyone else was hurt - only the car.
    I saw my doctors and took my meds faithfully. Yet in 2001 my doctor told me there was nothing more he could do for me and sent me to the Endocrinologist who put me on insulin.
    In late 2002, my wife read a book that changed our lives! It was "Diabetes Solution" by Dr. Richard Bernstein. After reading that book, she realized that we could do something to reverse all the bad effects of my diabetes. In 2003, I started on a program that she created for me from not only Dr. B's book but the other books she devoured that gave her more and more knowledge on how to help me.
    Within 3 months on her program, I came off of all insulin and have nover looked back. Within 9 months, I lost 80 pounds and have since lost another 20 pounds for a total weight loss of 100 pounds.
    In 2004, I walked in 2 5K races and finished. Night sweats were gone. Pain medication, gone. Sleep apnea, gone. Diuretics, gone!
    I live on a low carbohydrate diet and have done that for the past 10 years now. I have remained healthy and full of life. I go to the gym 5 times a week and walk at least 30 minutes each time.
    We went to Disney World last summer and I walked that park from 8:30 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. with only a 2 hour break in the afternoon to rest. My wife says her favorite photo of that trip is the one of me getting off of the monorail at 11:45 P.M with a big smile on my face!

    A Cleveland Clinic doctor who saw me in 2011 and heard my story said to me, " Do you realize that if it wasn't for Mary's program, you'd be dead by now!" He was so excited about our program and my story that he made arrangements for our story to be featured on the local NBC TV channel.
    We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in October of 2010. I went from the deepest despair being so ill with type 2 diabetes to feeling like I've been reborn.
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