Type 2 Diabetes can be reverse, so don’t frown

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Diabetes mellitus type 2 (also known as type 2 diabetes) is a long-term metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood sugar, insulin resistance, and relative lack of insulin. Common symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, and unexplained weight loss.

72 years old George King Sr.  is diagnose with Type 2 diabetes.  His doctor told him to keep his blood sugar under control so that there won’t’ be any further complications. He wave an open mind accepting it as he started walking twice a day and change his eating habit into eating more vegetables and complex carbohydrates.

This is not something new to his son George King Jr., MD, who serves as research director and chief scientific officer of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and is author of the book Reverse Your Diabetes in 12 Weeks.

“We know that five to 10 percent of people who change their diets, lose weight and increase activity can get off all medications, and stay off them for 10 to 20 years,” King says. “Those numbers tell me that it’s definitely possible to reverse Type 2—you just need to find the correct path.”

Neal Barnard, MD, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and author of Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes agrees, but adds a caveat: Results depend on how long you’ve had the disease.

Diabetes limits the production of insulin for the body, which is the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar in the body.  Overtime, the pancreas won’t be able to produce enough insulin for the body and there won’t be a hormone left for regulating blood sugar in the body.

“People with diabetes for a short time have a better chance of getting rid of diabetes than someone who has had the disease for 30 years,” says Barnard. (King’s father, for example, did resume taking medication at age 87.)

But even if you can’t entirely reverse diabetes, says Barnard, “weight that has gone up can come back down, sugars that have gone up can go back down, medication doses that have gone higher year by year can come down, as can cholesterol levels and blood pressure levels and medication used to treat them.”

Tips to control diabetes

Cut out on carbs.  Eat lots of high fiber foods such as sardines, shellfish and vegetables.  This food can help you lose weight there making it easier to manage diabetes.

Stay away from meats and dairy products.  Try a plant based diet and stay away from eating meats and its products. Sure this won’t be a great meal, but as time passes by, you would be used to this kind of meals.

Exercise daily.  Make it a habit to exercise almost every day as it would help you lose weight. Remember that every time you exercise, your body is sweating and this action takes inside the body for 48 hours.

Turn down the heat.  This won’t be a problem for people living in cold areas, but if you live in a tropical country then you might have a problem with your electricity bill.  Evidence have proven that colder climate can activate “brown fat,” which burns calories rather than stores them like traditional “white” fat. Also, brown fat is said to lower control glucose and reduce insulin resistance.  This might not be an effective way to lose fat, but this could help you in your endeavor to lose weight.

Source: Parade, Wikipedia, HealthLine