You can still reverse diabetes & other lipid parameters without giving up on your social commitments
CASE STUDY & SUCCESS STORIES
Case History: Dev, a successful businessman was struggling with high cholesterol levels, triglycerides, and high blood sugar levels. As he had a family history of diabetes and heart health issues, he went for a full-body check in the early 30's as he suddenly noticed excessive weight loss and would constantly feel tired throughout the day. During one of the check-ups, he was unfortunately diagnosed with high sugar levels which resulted in three stents in his heart and therefore he was extremely worried about his health. His fasting sugar levels went up to 185 mg/dl. Even though he started with diabetes medications, doctors were concerned about his insulin parameters and would call him for check-ups every 3 months to check his parameters. At one point his triglycerides waver between 350-400mg/dl.
Approach by the best dietician in Hyderabad: We started the program by educating Dev on how whole foods can make an impact on his health and the healthier food choices he should put on his plate. He is a TOFI, Thin Outside Fat Inside body type. His general portion sizes were less and therefore we focussed on nutrient density. We gave him fibre which was easy to digest so that he could include a sufficient lean protein and whole grains that were light on the body. For e.g., as protein sources, we gave him hung curd, a slice of cheese, whole cooked dhals and for grains, we gave him hand-pound rice, quinoa, etc. Although he enjoyed his rotis but for a TOFI body type when the calorie intake is already low, rotis can cause elevated sugar levels and hence, we gave him vegetable rotis/green leafy stuffed rotis/protein rotis made with greens, panner and whole wheat. Apart from low glycaemic, vegetarian, fibre rich and dense protein food, we identified a food that specifically worked for his body and those that reduced his sugar levels. We made a few changes in Dev’s dietary habits. For example: protein is essential for a diabetic person, but in his case, his body seemed to be lactose intolerant, especially when consumed in the night and therefore his sugar readings were not coming down when he consumed casein-based protein powders. Instead, whole dals which are cell walls intact worked better for Dev’s body.
Results: He got his blood tests done again after 3 months of the program. Both he and his cardiologist were delighted to see the results. His cholesterol and triglyceride levels came to a normal range, and as he was able to control his sugar levels with home food, he did not have to take any sugar medications again. His fasting blood glucose levels dropped down to 120 mg/dl. He is an avid partygoer and socialises frequently. From the tips and tricks he has learnt from us; he has been able to keep his blood sugar levels at an HbA1C 6 and his lipid profile has been in a healthy range for over 6 years now.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mobile +91 9491011202
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