In this episode we talk with Pascal Lemieux, a passionate advocate for health and wellness, with a specific focus on type 1 diabetes management and endurance sports. His blend of personal experience and professional dedication makes him an invaluable voice in the dialogue on type 1 diabetes care. His involvement in the planning and organization of the special workshop and presentations devoted to type 1 diabetes management at the upcoming Symposium for Metabolic Health January 11-14, 2024 in Boca Raton is a testament to his experience and passion for making a difference in the lives of those affected by this disease. Use the code TYPE1BOCA to get a 20% discount
Pascal was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 11 and has navigated through various complications associated with the condition, including proliferative retinopathy, gastroparesis, and severe hypoglycemia. These challenges have deeply shaped his understanding and approach to diabetes management. In 2020, he took a significant step in his career by pursuing nursing, aiming to leverage his personal insights to assist others dealing with type 1 diabetes. This professional shift underscores his commitment to making a tangible impact in the diabetes community. A turning point in his journey was the discovery of the benefits of a low-carb diet in 2014. Inspired by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein’s “Diabetes Solution,” Pascal adopted a very low-carb diet that remarkably controlled his diabetes, reversed many of his complications, and significantly reduced his insulin dosage. This approach not only transformed his health but also fueled his passion to educate and support others in managing type 1 diabetes.
“I was shocked because no one ever told me about this way of managing type 1 diabetes,” he said. Despite skepticism from his endocrinologist, Pascal persisted, and the results were remarkable: “My A1C went down to 6.7, then 6.4, then 6.2. Now it is 5.4 (normal, non-diabetic range). My retinopathy reversed, my frozen shoulder went away, my trigger fingers are now perfect, and I lost 60 pounds.” His transformation extended to his passion for marathons, where he proved that a low-carb diet could sustain intense physical activity. “In 2017, I ran a marathon, requiring only 25 grams of carbohydrate… I still had energy to go even further,” he said. He subsequently ran 60 kilometers in one day and required only 40 grams of carbohydrate. “That convinced me that I don’t need 300 grams of carbohydrate a day to live. I do fine with eating between 30 and 50 grams of carbohydrate a day.”
Recognizing the lack of support and guidance for many with type 1 diabetes, Pascal became a fervent advocate for education and community support. “There’s at least 40 plus factors that affect blood glucose in type 1 diabetics… we’re trying to cover most topics that are important for someone who wants to try low-carb,” he explains. His involvement in organizing workshops and events is driven by a desire to bridge the information gap for both physicians and patients. His motivation is fueled by the diabetes community’s solidarity and success stories. “It’s all about the community holding together to change the world,” he said, looking forward to the focus on type 1 diabetes at the upcoming Symposium. “It’s about empowering patients and physicians with knowledge and practical tips.”
You can see all the topics to be covered at the Symposium here.
His story is a testament to the power of personal transformation and the impact of community-driven support. His journey from battling the complications of type 1 diabetes to becoming a leading advocate for dietary management and patient empowerment is truly inspirational. His experience, shared in this podcast, is not just informative but a call to action for better understanding and management of type 1 diabetes.
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