Drew Carey Weight Loss Cured His Diabetes

Jul 29 2010 - 9:07pm
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Drew Carey’s weight loss did more than drop 80 pounds from his once more than ample frame: it also eliminated his type 2 diabetes. According to the host of The Price Is Right, he told People “I’m not diabetic anymore. No medication needed.”

The secret to Drew Carey’s weight loss is nothing mysterious: he cut out carbohydrates (although he admits he cheated a few times) and eats lots of egg whites, fruit, and Greek yogurt. His one and only beverage is water, and he does lots of cardiovascular exercise, at least 45 minutes a day.

It’s been shown that if you are overweight and have type 2 diabetes, losing a significant amount of weight not only lowers your blood sugar and improves your overall health, it can also eliminate your diabetes and thus your need for diabetes medication. However, doctors warn that if you are diabetic and are engaged in a weight loss program, it’s important to work with your doctor because your blood sugar, insulin, and diabetes medications need to be monitored.

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According to Cathy Nonas, MS, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, “No matter how heavy you are, you will significantly lower your blood sugar if you lose some weight.” In addition, “We see it all the time: people can get off their insulin and their medication.”

And that’s what happened to Drew Carey: his weight loss not only allowed him to get rid of his size 44 pants and slip into a size 33-34, it also let him get rid of his medications. He was quoted in a New York Daily News article, “Once I started dropping a couple pant sizes, then it was easy ‘cause once you see the results, then you don’t wanna stop.”

Drew Carey’s weight loss may inspire others to try losing weight the old-fashioned way: watching what you eat and exercising hard. Besides the possibility of eliminating type 2 diabetes, weight loss can also reduce blood pressure, lower your risk of heart disease, improve cholesterol levels, lighten stress on joints such as hips, knees, and ankles, and do wonders for your self-esteem.

SOURCES:
Huffington Post, July 29, 2010
Nazario B. Diabetes and weight loss. WebMD.
New York Daily News, July 29, 2010

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This article is one of the most irresponsible pieces I've seen in a very long time. The word "cure" does NOT belong in an article about diabetes until they actually have a cure. Mr. Carey is a well controlled diabetic....but his diabetes is one high carb meal away at any given time. Instead of contacting the American Dietetic Association....you should have contacted the American DIABETES Association. This is a disservice to every Type 2 diabetic, such as myself, who also lost 70 pounds and DIDN'T CURE THEIR DIABETES, because weight loss is NOT a cure! It's misinformation like this that burdens all of us who struggle with this disease every day. I now am "normal" weight, and guess what? I'M STILL DIABETIC! This just makes me so angry.
You do not believe the power of self-healing, then stay with your friend diabetes for the rest of your life. Also, STAY away from those diabetics who are OPTIMISTIC and who do not believe in the MEDICAL SOCIETY which wants nothing but to make PROFITS!
I do hope Drew is NOT off his diabetes meds all together. Unless he is monitoring his blood several times a day. I have Type II diabetes and was told that if someone is on insulin (which I am not) and they control their diabetes well they can go back to pills; but if you are on pills you have to take them for the rest of your life. That's what I was told. I do wish Drew well with his weight loss-it's a great accomplishment! Although I did see a photo of him and he does have that 'haggard facial look' that some people who lose a lot of weight do have. (Bill Clinton is another one...I think he looked terrible at Chelsea's wedding. He didn't need to lose the 20 lbs.!!)
It's hardly irresponsible. Weight loss and diet have long been known to control Type II diabetes in most to the point where insulin is no longer needed, regardless of how it is consumed (and why anyone would believe insulin in pill form is any different than injections... I don't know). That doesn't mean it works for everyone, as the causes of their insulin insensitivity vary.
Well, we shall see!! I'm a type 2 diabetic and I'm losing weight. I was inspired by Drew but I've heard---once a diabetic, always a diabetic!! I'd love to get rid of these pills!!
and he didn't "cut out carbohydrates" if he still eats fruit. fruit is a carb.
I am a thin diabetic [type 2] who is attempting to diet control and exercise my way to at least staying off pills. The news of Carey gave me hope but I - like others - am disappointed and frustrated to discover that all my life-changing efforts don't seem to be enough
It's great to hear how diet can really cure Diabetes. We here it but many don't believe it. It's great when it happens to someone in the media and will hopefully spur others to take it seriously.
An 80 pound weight loss is a great achievement not to be taken lightly. Drew has shown that sticking to a diet and exercise plan has life long benefits.
It is great to see a story about someone who has managed significant weight loss that has NOT had surgery! I get so discouraged every time I read an article about someone whose weight loss has meant that they have been able to reign back their diabetes only to find that they have had surgery. Surgery is not an option for me, so I end up feeling like it is all rather hopeless for me. Goodonya Drew! Pleased for ya! (and encouraged for myself)
Ive gone from needing 30 units of nova log a day and 20 units of lantus to zero, zilch, nada, no units of insulin at all. I'm still overweight, but te He carb restriction is keeping me in the low 100 to 115 blood sugar range. I'm 6' 260 lbs and just going high protein is doing the job. I do take a veggie /fruit smoothie from Swanson at least once per day ( it has 4 carbs) this insures I'm getting plenty of greens just not eating them. It's been 10 days now and I've not needed insulin. So in these 10 days I would have already taken 300 u it's of novalog and 200 u of lantus for a total of 500 u to keep me in and average of 140 bg range. I'm 20 points+ under my levels with insulin simply by eating less Than 20 grams of carbs a day . The eating food not heavy in carbs is beating insulin at its own game. I also heard insulin causes weight gain which seems self defeating to the inflicted that needs to lose weight. Modify your diet, I also don't eat much more protein than I normally eat. Maybe 20% more but I choose good food like salmon in a can, eggs, lean chicken. If I eat carbs they are green carbs because they are full of fiber...between that and my powder veggies I'm pretty well covered. Right now very happy with sugar management, ,I'm not craving carbs... I should get the benefit of weight loss which will further aid me in beating this disease.
Michael: Congratulations on your diabetes management plan! Keep up the good work.