Reversing Type 2 Diabetes –What You Can Do To Turn It Around

Is reversing type 2 diabetes really possible? Can you turn back the hands of time and help your body respond better to insulin and control your blood sugar levels naturally?

These are questions you may have, and the answers are that there are many things you can do that put you on the path of reversing type 2 diabetes symptoms. While you may always have to follow a better diet and monitor your blood sugar, evidence points to the fact that you can bring this disease under control.

As of 2000 at least 171 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes, or 2.8% of the population. Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common, affecting 90 to 95% of the U.S. diabetes population”(1).

These are staggering figures but reversing type 2 diabetes is said to be possible because it is a "lifestyle disease." This means that the condition is due in large part to the way you eat, how much physical activity you get and how much extra fat you carry on your body.

Keep in mind that when you are first diagnosed with this disease you may need medications to help you regulate your blood sugar. With consistent adherence of the following tips for reversing type 2 diabetes, you may be able to lower or remove these drugs with your doctor consent.

Tips for reversing type 2 diabetes:

  1. Shift your diet so it is high in fiber and low in sugar and saturated fat. A diet high in fiber will slow the digestion of foods in your stomach causing sugars to more slowly enter your bloodstream. A diet low in sugar will help you avoid blood sugar spikes and a diet low in saturated fats will help you manage your weight.
  2. Increase your exercise. Take steps each week to get more physical activity into your life. Increasing exercise helps your body respond more efficiently to insulin and this helps your body clear out excess blood sugar.
  3. Bring your weight to a normal level. Excess fat makes it harder for your body to respond properly to insulin and this leaves you more dependent on type 2 diabetes medications. Even a few pounds of weight loss puts you on the road to reversing type 2 diabetes.
  4. Closely monitor your blood sugar levels. One of your best management tools will be the close monitoring and tracking of your blood sugar levels during the day. This will allow you to see patterns in your levels and notice how different foods, exercise levels and medications affect your blood sugar.
  5. Work closely with your health care team. Your doctor and nutritionist want you to succeed. Let them know that you want to work toward reversing your condition and they will help you map out a plan.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition but much of the disease is due to lifestyle habits that can be changed. Become active in your care and be patient with your body and you could reverse your condition.

(1) Wikipedia (2010). Diabetes mellitus. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetes_mellitus

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