The Secret Cure For Type 2 Diabetes Has Been Around For Over A Hundred Years
It's the doctor's visit that everyone dreads - the one where you're told that something is wrong and your mind races towards all the worst possible outcomes. In the case of a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, though, did you know that it's entirely reversible?
Is Type 2 Diabetes A Life Sentence?
Type 2 diabetes is largely a lifestyle condition, meaning that it can progress further based on a person's diet, exercise, and general health choices.
That also means that the good decisions you make could cause an opposite progression towards remission. The diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is by no means a life sentence, so if you've recently been diagnosed or know someone that has, the good news is that you can start fighting today and see a positive effect on your diabetes immediately.
What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
When a person's body becomes progressively more resistant to insulin, it reaches a point where it's labeled type 2 diabetes. If the condition was to continue to worsen, it could lead to nerve damage, heart disease, blindness, and kidney disease.
It's possible, however, to cause the pancreas to start producing more insulin and better regular the glucose levels in the blood. The liver's condition can also be improved so that it stops pumping out unnecessary amounts of sugar and instead acts as a reservoir for glucose. The result of all of this is that people who were previously taking medication for their type 2 diabetes can throw the pills away and live a happier, healthier life.
What's the simple solution to causing all these positive changes and beating type 2 diabetes? Losing roughly 10% of your body weight and keeping it off. Mike Lean is a professor of nutrition at Glasgow University and he argues that medication for type 2 diabetes really only addresses the symptoms, but does nothing to solve the underlying problem.
“Virtually everyone with type 2 diabetes is two or three stone [12-19kg] above their ideal weight,” commented Lean. “One of the great tragedies is that we’ve known this for about a hundred years and all the treatments have ever done is reduce the blood sugar – this is the consequence, but what drives it is the weight.”
Lean argues that by losing roughly 25-40 lbs people can reverse their type 2 diabetes diagnosis while other solving a plethora of other health issues such as high blood pressure and improving a person's overall quality of life.
To read more about nutritionist Mike Lean's study, check out the full research paper that he published.