Reverse Diabetes? Research Shows It’s Possible
Can you reverse diabetes?
When you develop diabetes, it can take a toll on your health and quality of life in more ways than one.
True, medication can help control blood sugar levels. But diabetes raises your risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, poor circulation, even amputations.
What if diabetes was reversible? What if you could drop high blood sugar levels to normal levels and keep it there? You know...like sending diabetes into remission.
A growing body of research supported by the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes UK, and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, suggest it’s possible.
If you’re obese, the best way to put diabetes into remission appears to be losing at least 30 pounds. If you’re overweight with diabetes, even moderate weight loss can have a significant impact on regulating blood sugar levels.
What’s the cause of diabetes?
Research suggests excess fat around the waist and vital organs (like the liver and pancreas), interfere with the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels.
Losing weight through diet, exercise, healthy lifestyle habits, and even weight loss surgery, can tip the scale in the right direction, lower overall body fat percentages, and improve blood sugar levels.
How do you lose weight to reverse diabetes?
There’s more than one way to lose weight. But research suggests there’s at least two primary methods that are producing positive results:
Follow a calorie-controlled diet
That’s about 850 calories per day, mainly from fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. It’s a significant calorie deficit, and not intended to be a long-term diet. It’s a proven strategy to support weight loss and improve blood sugar levels.
Follow the Mediterranean diet
Here’s another effective diet and lifestyle plan to help you lose weight and reverse diabetes. Follow the Mediterranean diet. It’s based on…
- Eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts, seeds, and legumes
- Using olive oil generously for baking, salad dressings, and sauteing vegetables
- Getting regular exercise
- There’s even some evidence that suggests a glass of red wine a day can help support weight management.
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