Diabetes, the new plague of this affluent American society seems to be on the increase at an alarming rate. As more and more people are shocked to discover that they now have this condition, the responding concern is whether or not a cure exists or whether reversing diabetes and its complications is possible. If you like so many others are wondering the same thing, the answer holds both good and bad news.
At this time there is no permanent cure for Type I diabetes, only insulin-based treatment to control and limit its advancing attack on the human body. Type II diabetes also has no known cure. However, there are those who believe the forward march of this disease can be halted and, in fact, reversing diabetes is possible if it is caught in time and you have the will power to change your lifestyle as drastically as necessary.
For those of you fortunate enough to know that you are in the pre-diabetes stage, you have been given a last chance to turn things around. Your body has been showing a decreased sensitivity to insulin lately as your cells have stopped responding to the instructions given by insulin to open their door to glucose to store it as fat or burn it as fuel.
If this continues, the increased demand for extra insulin output from the pancreas will “burn-out” the beta cells there, and you will be in full blown diabetes. While many people have no idea that they may be on the verge of becoming diabetic, if you are fortunate enough to have had this warning, it’s time to make some serious moves now, before it is too late.
Reversing diabetes means you must gain control of your blood-sugar levels. A rise from your healthy levels could cause severe neurological damage throughout your entire body. The best way to do this is by sticking to a strict low-carb diet for the rest of your life. There are healthy and unhealthy ways to do this, but both the Atkins Diet and the Hamptons Diet offer examples.
While this method is not necessarily supported by the heart-healthy diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association, it was the standard treatment until the invention of insulin. In addition to a strict diet, reversing diabetes also means that you will need to commit to about 45 minutes of active exercise daily, for the rest of your life.
If that seems impossible to you now, start with what you can do and gradually increase your efforts until you can walk, jog, run, bicycle, swim, or perform any other physically challenging activity for more than 30 minutes every day. The combination of exercise and careful diet will rip those extra pounds right off you and give your body a chance to return to more normal functioning.
Nutritional supplements and additional therapies can support your efforts at reversing diabetes. Even if you are in full blown diabetes, by observing this strict regimen consistently you will improve your blood-sugar levels to the extent that you may be able to reduce or even eliminate the need for medications.
You will also be addressing the very serious threat of complications and related diseases that often travel in the company of this chronic disease. Before you are diagnosed as a diabetic, consider the benefits to adjusting your lifestyle. Get the jump on this disease before it clobbers you.