A BALLINA man who was a diabetic for 14 years has told how Dr Eva Orsmond cured it and transformed his life in three months.
Pat Mulcahy, a 70 year-old former auctioneer in Ballina/Killaloe, was diagnosed with type two diabetes 14 years ago. It develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body are unable to produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly.
“I’m six foot tall, I always hovered around 16/17 stone. About 14 years ago I became very thirsty - I wanted something to drink all day long and found myself going to the toilet a lot.
“When I went to the doctor he diagnosed me as being diabetic. Straight away I was put on medication which I happily took for 14 years until a specialist clinic I attend told me the medication was now not working properly so I would have to go on insulin injections.
“I balked at that idea because they told me I would put on more weight,” said Pat, who at this stage was tipping the scales at 19 stone.
He read an article about Dr Eva Orsmond and decided to visit her Oranmore clinic at the beginning of the year. Now he is three stone lighter and diabetes free.
Pat wishes to share his story because if he knew what he knows now he believes his condition could have been treated with diet alone.
“When I was diagnosed with diabetes my response to the doctor was, ‘it is better than cancer’. He prescribed medication, I collected then from the chemist. The big long white sheet that comes with them - I always threw that away and took the tablets.
“I don’t do that anymore. If somebody prescribes a tablet to me now I want to know what it is, how it works, side-effects etc. Everybody should do that. We need to take more responsibility for our own health as doctors are dealing with hundreds and hundreds of patients every day,” said Pat.
He admits he loved his carbs and was a “devil for Kentucky fried chicken and chips” but they were all gone out the window after meeting Dr Eva, who became a household name after her appearances on RTE’s Operation Transformation.
“She is a tough cookie. When I told her I didn’t know why the weight was creeping up on me because I wasn’t eating anything different she said ‘did it fall out of the sky?!’ She put me on a high protein diet.
“She would ring me, she would text me all the time. She was always on my case! But after three months and completing programme one I had lost three stone in three months. It fell off me,” said Pat. Now he doesn’t take any medication for diabetes and his blood sugar level is always under 10.
“Being diabetes free is a great step but it is being like a drug addict - you are never cured. I am diabetes free and while I keep a close eye on my diet I can’t see any reason why I shouldn’t stay diabetes free,” said Pat. Dr Eva said Pat was a fantastic patient.
“There are 200,000 diabetics in Ireland. The majority - 95 per cent - are type two diabetics which basically is directly linked to being overweight and obesity. There is a small percentage of those who would be non-lifestyle related.
“Weightloss has been known for years as the most effective treatment for type two diabetes. For some reason giving medication is the first approach when in reality when you look at prescription guidelines it says after dietary and lifestyle changes have failed - only then give medication to people. Unfortunately doctors are very busy with not enough time for public health intervention and lifestyle advice,” said Dr Eva.
She says the fact you can reverse type two diabetes that has been there for many years is basically a new phenomenon and Pat is a perfect example of that.