Carole wanted to be living proof, you can reverse type 2 diabetes on Virta.

Published on 
March 8, 2022
April 26, 2024

By Carole, on Virta for 2 years

When I started the Virta treatment a little over 2 years ago, I didn’t know what to expect or if this new type 2 diabetes benefit could even live up to the claims it was making. What I did know was that if Virta could really help me “reverse” my type 2 diabetes, I wanted to be the poster-person for it. I thought about how nice it would be if I could stand in front of people and say “See how well Virta worked!”

As a benefits manager for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), I reviewed all of our offered benefits, but this was the first one to really call my name. I have lived with moderately controlled type 2 diabetes for 20 years, which is most of my adult life. But recently, I felt other aspects of my health deteriorating. I was starting to experience more pain in my knees and hips than normal—and more often. I felt sluggish. And even though I knew what I should be eating to help control my blood sugar and weight, I still found myself using food for stress management.

One of the things that struck me about Virta was that it was a treatment rather than a diet.

I had tried diets in the past, but I was never successful with them. I also really liked that instead of a set of rules to follow, Virta pairs me with a health coach to design a custom plan that will work specifically for me.

Carole went from a 6.7% A1c to below the prediabetes threshold (5.3%) on Virta

The first few weeks on Virta were eye opening. Instead of just saying that it works, Virta explains how it works right up front with a series of online videos and then asks questions to make sure you understand the science. I felt like a student again, and like a student, I had to really dig in at first. But Virta also gives you time to digest the information. I think that a large part of my continued success is in large part to having that understanding of how the foods I eat affect my body and my blood sugar. And Virta provides the tools, the shopping lists, and the support to stay on top of it. I really feel like I have a team behind me.

On Virta, I can proudly say that my A1c is now below even prediabetic levels. I went from 6.7% to 5.3%!

Virta also helped me lose more than 35 pounds. But what’s more, Virta broke my cycle of unhealthy eating habits. I wasn’t always a “veggie person,” but Virta taught me how to prepare foods in such a rich and delicious way that I often forget I’m even eating veggies! One of my new favorite side dishes is cheese melted over roasted broccoli.

And while it may be a simple combination of the weight loss and an overall sense of feeling healthier, I find that on Virta my arthritis hurts less and the swelling has gone down. I feel like when I eat something higher in carbs, I can literally feel it in my joints.

When I set out on my Virta journey, I wanted to be a walking billboard for Virta. So, to my colleagues at CTCA thinking about taking that first step, I say: you just have to try it. Dive into the reading and videos and then give yourself the benefit of the doubt. I honestly surprised myself at how well I have done, and I know that you will be too when you start.

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