By Hans Diehl, M.D. www.chiphealth.com
What's The Best Way To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?
Several treatment centers have convincingly demonstrated that most Type 2 diabetics can normalize their blood sugar levels, often within weeks, by following a simple diet, very low in fat and high in fiber, coupled with daily exercise. And with the normalization of blood sugar levels, there will be an often dramatic reduction in the requirement for drugs and insulin.
Lowering the amount of fat, oil and grease in the diet plays the crucial role. When less fat is eaten, less fat reaches the bloodstream and the liver. This begins a complicated process that gradually restores the sensitivity to insulin, which can then facilitate the entry of sugar from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. The effect is often dramatic. A Type 2 diabetic who lowers daily fat intake from the usual 35 percent to about 10 percent of total calories can often bring blood sugar levels to normal ranges in less than eight weeks. Many are eventually able to get off diabetic medication entirely—both pills and injections.
Eating more natural, fiber-rich foods plays an important role by helping stabilize blood sugar levels. When foods are eaten without their normal complement of fiber, blood sugar levels can quickly shoot up. Normally a surge of insulin counteracts this. People who consume refined foods, drinks, and snacks high in calories but low in fiber may experience hikes and dips in blood sugar levels all day long. High-fiber foods, on the other hand, smooth out these blood sugar fluctuations and stabilize energy levels.
Active physical exercise has an insulin-like reaction in that it burns up the excess fuel (blood sugar and fatty acids) more rapidly.
The foremost recommended lifestyle modification for diabetes, however, is losing excess weight. Obesity is far and away the most common non-genetic component contributing to the development of diabetes, which in turn is fueled by the high fat intake and by most of the diabetic pills and insulin injections!
Normalizing body weight is often all that is necessary to bring the blood sugar back to normal. The low-fat, high-fiber diet will greatly aid this effort, as will regular, active exercise.
What About Type 1 Diabetes? Can This Be Reversed Too?
Insulin-dependent, or juvenile, diabetics will need to take insulin for life until pancreatic transplants become feasible and affordable. However, the high-fiber, very low-fat diet will help reduce the amount of insulin required to maintain stable blood sugar levels and reduce the ever present threat of vascular complications. A protein has been identified in cow's milk that can increase the risk of diabetes in small children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that cow's milk NOT be given to children until at least one year of age. Breast-fed infants have a measure of protection against this kind of diabetes.
What's The Outlook For Reversing Type 2 Diabetes?
The earlier the detection of Type 2 diabetes, the more likely lifestyle modifications will be effective. Earlier detection thus takes much of the emphasis off drugs and the later insulin injections, both of which come with undesirable side effects.
Remember that the same lifestyle measures that are disarming and normalizing many cases of Type 2 diabetes are preventive as well. Even losing as little as 10 extra pounds and taking a brisk walk a few times a week can help stave off the disease.
Start now. Beat diabetes before it happens.