Kevin was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1991 at the age of 27. His doctor started noticing change in his kidney function about 7 years later. His blood glucose was over 500 mg/dL so he started to inject insulin 3 to 4 times a day to bring it to a more normal level.
It took 15 years from the first signs of kidney issues until Kevin’s first day at dialysis. He has been on dialysis for over four years. That entails three treatments a week taking four hours for each treatment.
Decimated by Type 2 diabetes, and in stage 5 kidney failure. After stage 3 the kidneys cannot be saved. Kevin dialyzes 3 times a week, 4 hours each treatment. 14 gauge needles directly into his skin, no catheter. The long tubular filter to the right, his substitute kidney, removing toxins. Congestive heart failure also imminent, if fluid is not pulled off. Without dialysis Kevin would die within days.
He can only hope for a kidney transplant. He has been on dialysis over 4 years. Average life expectancy for a dialysis patient is 3 to 5 years. We're racing the clock.
In September 2017 Brenda Zorn, who is now his girlfriend, introduced Kevin to the ketogenic diet. This has given Kevin the ability to take back his health. He has reduced his hbA1c from a high of 11.9% to 5.9%, he no longer needs 5 blood pressure medications, his neuropathy is healing in both of his feet and a developing cataract has cleared up in his right eye. He is no longer diabetic, but the damage diabetes did to his kidneys remains.
He is now working on spreading the information about the wonders of the ketogenic diet to the native community. He was even able to share his story on Episode 92 of the 2 Keto Dudes podcast.
After that episode aired, a listener was so moved that she wanted to donate one of her kidneys to Kevin. After months of waiting and tests, the donation fell through. Needless to say this was devastating to both Kevin and Brenda. But giving up is not in either of their character. They decided if one person could be so moved, why couldn’t another.
That is where this site comes in. It will help spread the word about the need for kidney donation and hopefully inspire some people to consider donating before the clock runs out.
Find out how to donate by clicking here.
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