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16
Jun 2022
Managing type 2 diabetes
What is diabetes?
There are two main types of diabetes- type 1 and type 2. It is a condition that causes individuals to have too much glucose in their blood. Glucose is necessary as it provides energy and is received when our body breaks down carbohydrates that we eat or drink, which is then released into our bloodstream. We also need insulin, a hormone made by our pancreas that allows the glucose in our blood to enter our cells and fuel our bodies. When the pancreas is unable to sense when glucose enters the bloodstream, the correct amount of insulin is unable to be released so that glucose can enter your cells. If you have type 1 diabetes, you cannot make any insulin at all. Those with type 2 diabetes have insulin that doesn't work effectively or isn't sufficient. In both types, because glucose cannot enter the cells, it begins to build up in your blood, which can cause many different health problems.
Type 2 diabetics can potentially reverse diabetes if they work on it at an early stage and follow a methodical approach. It is important to note that reversing diabetes and remission is all dependent. Complete remission is one year of normal glycemic levels at less than 5.7% without medication. Prolonged remission is defined as achieving complete remission for at least five years. Here are a few ways that you can reverse diabetes:
Follow a stringent lifestyle
Although it is advised that you must steer away from carbohydrates, animal products can also be problematic. Build up of fat inside the cells such as the liver cells or muscle cells, the sugar cannot get inside. Whether you have type 1 or type 2, you should consider portion sizes. When you are tracking your weight or counting carbs, it greatly simplifies the process of determining nutritional information. When following a stringent lifestyle, always keep in mind that portion sizes vary from person to person, so what is suitable for one person may not be right for another.
Strict exercise regimen
The core of diabetic treatment is exercise, together with medical nutrition therapy. Regular exercise can assist those who have type 2 diabetes in controlling their blood sugar and weight. Additionally, it may lower cardiovascular risk factors, lower heart attack and stroke risks, and increase general health and wellbeing.
Aim for weight loss if overweight
There is evidence that eating a low-calorie diet (800 to 1,200 calories a day) on a short-term basis (around 12 weeks) can help with symptoms of type 2 diabetes and some individuals have discovered that their symptoms remit.

A low-calorie diet is not safe or suitable for everyone with type 2 diabetes, such as people who need to take insulin. Therefore, it is crucial to get medical guidance before beginning this type of diet. Losing weight (if you're overweight) will make it easier for your body to lower your blood sugar level, and can improve your blood pressure and cholesterol. Most people are advised to reduce weight gradually over time if desired- the NHS recommends to aim for around 0.5 to 1kg a week.
Sources
Very Well Health: https://www.verywellhealth.com/reverse-diabetes-5116687
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