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Is Diabetes Reversible?

Is Diabetes Reversible?

Is Diabetes Reversible?

Long before I was born my great uncle Lorne was diagnosed with Type one Diabetes.  This meant his body didn’t make enough insulin to regulate his blood sugar which meant he had to use insulin every day in order to stay alive.

About 30 plus years into his condition he decided to get really serious about his diet and began monitoring it extremely carefully.  In a few years he went from 2 needles a day to zero.

Although this is unusual and the fact that uncle Lorne had some uncanny discipline he did prove he could manage a serious disease with diet.  This stuck with me for years as I wondered what was the exact mechanics he had used to manage this so well.

It turns out medical science is now finding out.

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent conditions affecting those in today’s society. Millions of people are struck down by this condition and the affected rate only continues to increase as our diets become more reliant on fast and processed foods.

Once hit with the condition, many think it has to be a lifelong issue you struggle with.

This, however, is proving not necessarily the case. New research has been put out on this very subject.

The Research

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The researchers of the study had a group of 30 people all whom suffered from diabetes (with an affected time of 8 to 23 years) consume a very low calorie diet of just 600 to 700 calories per day.

After losing an average of 14 kilograms, they then maintained their weight for the next six months. After the study was finished, it was concluded that twelve patients who had been suffering from diabetes for 10 years had reversed their condition as after the six months weight loss period, they remained diabetes free.

The researchers concluded that the underlying mechanism behind this reversal was thanks to the fact that they had removed fat from their pancreas, which then led it to regain normal insulin production once again.

What’s especially interesting is that not all of the volunteers who lost the weight and reversed their diabetes moved into the healthy weight range category. Many were still classified as obese or overweight, however the weight they did lose was enough to help regain proper pancreatic function.

What You Can Do About This

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So what does this mean for you? If you are struggling with diabetes right now and are feeling hopeless that there’s a solution, don’t give up hope. Remember that by shifting your body weight, you may be able to regain control over how your body functions and help reduce the chances that diabetes continues to impact you.

Using a proper diet plan filled with plenty of lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and modest amounts of wholesome low-glycemic carbohydrates coupled with the right digestive enzymes to ensure your body is able to process all the foods you eat properly, you can take control over your health and move forward in the right direction.

This also applies to those who may be struggling with insulin resistance as well. By simply improving your overall diet program and adding exercise into your protocol, you can dramatically enhance how your body deals with insulin and therefore, how well you control your blood sugar level.

The Long-Term Outlook

All in all, diabetes is a condition that’s within our control. While some people are born with the disease and may not be able to regulate it, for most people, it occurs out of poor lifestyle choices.

If you can change those choices, you could potentially change your future.

Also check out my article on food cravings and sugar addiction

Reference:

Sarah Steven, Keiren G Hollingsworth, Ahmad Al-Mrabeh, Leah Avery, Benjamin Aribisala, Muriel Caslake, Roy Taylor. Very low calorie diet and 6 months of weight stability in Type 2 diabetes: Pathophysiologic changes in responders and non-responders. Diabetes Care, March 2016 DOI: 10.2337/dc15-9422

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