5 Ways You Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

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There are two types of diabetes. You are usually born with type 1 diabetes and it is where your body is unable to produce insulin on its own to break down your food consumption. Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes, but currently for most people it is from being overweight, eating too many sweets and carbohydrates, and not exercising.

Those who have type 1 diabetes must take insulin in order to regulate their blood glucose levels. For people with type 2 diabetes, most people are prescribed any of a variety of prescription medications that help the pancreas break down the sugar levels to a normal level.

For years, people with type 2 diabetes were told that once you have diabetes you have it for life. Fortunately, that is no longer true. You must understand that pharmaceutical companies are in business to help you maintain a healthy status. They are not interested in curing you of whatever condition you are being treated for. Think about it: If you are cured then you will no longer need the medications that the pharmaceutical companies are selling which is their main business.

Ann Albright, Ph.D., RD, is the head of diabetes translation located at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While talking about reversing your diabetes may sound a little farfetched, it is possible. Ann says, “The term reversal is used when people can go off medication but still must engage in a lifestyle program in order to stay off.” In other words, it is possible if you are ready and willing to change your ways, eat better, always check your blood sugar, and exercise regularly. Here are 5 ways you can reverse your type 2 diabetes.

 

1. Eat less and exercise more

Albright suggests that just by losing weight that equals anywhere between 5% to 10% of your current weight, and building up an exercise program that comes to at least 175 minutes each week, you should be able to lower your chances of continuing to have type 2 diabetes. When working on reducing your weight many people converted to a low calorie plan and reduced their intake to 1,200 -1,800 calories each day. Many also made sure they received counseling every week, as well as education, regarding the changes they were making in their lifestyle.

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