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Reversing diabetes after covid hit at 65 with optimal nutrition, by a best clinical nutritionist.


Name: Kirti
Age: 65 years
Gender: Male
BMI: Obese

Case history: Kirti, 65 years old, has a history of heart disease and had undergone bypass several years back. During phase 1 of COVID-19, he tested positive, his condition got worse and as a result, he was hospitalized. He had to be given insulin at the hospital as his sugar levels were above the range and his fasting sugar continued to be between 205 - 250 mg/dl. He did not have diabetes before the covid hit. He came to us to get his sugar levels back in range as his doctor had mentioned that heart disease and elevated sugar levels are very dangerous at his age and could be life-threatening. After covid, he would feel very tired and low energy and would sleep frequently through the day and could not even go to this shop. Furthermore, he was also facing some digestive issues like bloating and gas too.

Approach by a top clinical dietitian in Hyderabad: Due to medications & hospitalization, his digestive health had weakened, he became sensitive to food that he used to comfortably have like dhals. We gave him a plan that was stomach friendly, easy to digest, increased his energy levels, boost his immunity, and help him reduce his sugar levels.

Excessive grains consumption causes insulin spikes, gives busts of energy and subsequent lethargy which contributes to elevated postprandial readings throughout the day. We replaced gluten rich food like chapatis, biscuits etc. with hand pound rice and quinoa. Since rice increases sugar levels, we gave him sufficient easy-to-digest watery vegetables, vegan protein like tofu and probiotics in the form of hung curd that was gut friendly to ensure metabolic flexibility, and consistent energy and kept his sugar levels in check. We replaced the regular Indian chai with brewed tea so that he could enjoy his tea and at the same time give relief to his digestive health.

At first, we eliminated all foods that could cause burps and bloating, including melons, cucumbers, and citrus fruits, such as kiwis and oranges, and gradually introduced them one at a time as his digestion improved.

Results: Within 3 weeks, his sugar levels dropped down to 100 and in a month, it reduced to 81 mg/dl, without medications. His energy levels improved, and his digestive health was back to normal.

We monitored his blood sugar levels for the next 6 months. He was able to maintain his sugar levels within the 100mg/dl range.

After a month, he started going to his shop for 4 hours and within 2 months, he got back to his earlier routine of managing his store for the whole day with renewed energy levels. He did not fall sick or face any immunity-related challenges for the 6 months while we were working together. His digestive health improved significantly as he could digest all fruits, vegetables and dhals comfortably along with gluten in the form of rotis. He replaced his morning biscuits & Indian chai with brewed tea and soaked almonds as a lifestyle change and sustained it.
Deepika Chalasani is a Clinical Nutritionist, Mind and Body Transformation Coach, and co-founder of Fit4Life India, an integrated nutrition and wellness organization for Indians that provides complete solutions, addressing health and wellness challenges of individuals by working on their overall well-being. Deepika, the best nutritionist in Hyderabad for weight loss and online dietician can be contacted via email - or Mobile +91 9491011202

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