It sounds too good to be true: Reversing Type 2 diabetes through exercise and healthy eating
While certain lifestyle changes are the key to dealing with diabetes, if you actually go back in time, so that it never diabetes at all is another matter. That depends on how long you had to state how hard it is, and your genes.
Make changes that count
“The term” conversion “is used when people can go without medication but still has a lifestyle program to stay out to get involved,” says Ann Albright, PhD, RD, director of Diabetes Translation at the CDC. Shedding pounds and keeping it off can help you better control your blood sugar. For some people achieve a healthier weight will mean that less medication or in rare cases, no longer need these drugs at all. Lose 5% to 10% of body weight and the creation of up to 150 minutes of exercise per week can help you to slow down or stop the progression of type 2 diabetes.
“When you sit [inactive] most of the day, 5 or 10 minutes will be great,” says Albright. “Walk in your mailbox. Do something that will get you moving, to know that you are looking to move in the direction of 30 minutes most days of the week.”
In one study, people with type 2 diabetes is exercised for 175 minutes per week, limited to 1200-1800 calories per day, and got weekly counseling and education about these lifestyle changes. Within a year, about 10% have their diabetes medications or improved to the point where her blood sugar was not in the diabetes range, and was instead classified as prediabetes. The results were best for those who lost the most weight, or the program started with less severe or newly diagnosed diabetes. Fifteen to 20% of these people were able to stop their diabetes medications.
Do yourself the guilt
If you do not improve changes to your diet and exercise routine, and your diabetes, it is not your fault, says Albright. “The earlier in the course of [condition] that you make these changes, the more likely you are to stack the deck in your favor that you get stuck,” says Albright. Your weight and lifestyle are not the only things that matter. Your genes also influence whether type 2 diabetes. Some thin people with type 2 diabetes live, too. However, your weight and lifestyle are things that can change, and they are an important part of overall health.
Know the target
What you seek: Your best health is, not anyone else. Diet and exercise alone will control diabetes for some people. For others, a combination of medication and healthy habits will keep them best. “If you continue to do in the situation, have to manage lifestyle intervention alone., If you go on medication, do what is necessary [for] health,” says Albright. “You need to get the benefits of the treatment that is going to take to keep your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol in check.”