If you have been told by your doctor that you are prediabetic, or that you are developing Type 2 Diabetes, you have probably wondered how to reverse type 2 diabetes naturally. The thought of being insulin dependent is not fun for anyone, but the good news is that there are some things that you can do that will reduce the likelihood of you being forced to rely on injections to remain healthy for the rest of your life.
Believe it or not, simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference to your long-term health. Simply getting more exercise and focusing on eating healthily is often enough to turn back the clock. Prediabetics have a good chance of getting to the point where they are no longer considered to be at risk. People who are actually now diabetic may find it harder to get back to “completely healthy” but it is certainly not unheard of.
Someone is considered to have successfully reversed diabetes if they are able to come off medication. However, that does no mean that they are completely healthy. They will still need to monitor their blood sugar and follow a healthy eating plan. They are always at risk offending up in need of insulin once again.
Type2 Diabetes differs from Type 1 diabetes in that the body is able to produce its own insulin, but is simply not able to process it well. The progress of Type 2 diabetes tends to follow a fairly predictable pattern, and obesity is usually a starting point. What tends to happen is that sufferers fall into a vicious cyle:
– They eat a diet that is high in simple carbohydrates and low in fibre.
– This causes elevated insulin levels and weight gain. Because insulin levels are so high for so long, the body becomes insulin resistant.
– The insulin resistance causes an increase in sugar levels after meals, which makes the pancreas produce eve more insulin.
– The high blood sugar makes people feel lethargic and hungry, so they eat more.
The overeating increases insulin levels still further, until the pancreas cannot keep up with the demand for insulin, and this is where the beta cells start to get damaged, and the patient starts to show signs of diabetes.
The good news is that as long as the pancreas is still relatively healthy, insulin resistance can be reversed. Simply losing weight, eating a healthier diet and getting more exercise will go a long way towards reversing the problems of diabetes. The idea is to break the cycle and allow your pancreas to rest. The best way to do this is to eat far fewer carbohydrates, and when you do eat them, choose ones that are absorbed more slowly, so that you do not have to worry about spiking your blood sugar. It will take time to break the cravings that you feel, but it is possible, and exercise will help you to have more energy, so that you can stick to your new healthy lifestyle.