Diabetes is one of the greatest public health problems we face today, especially in the United States. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 30,300,000 Americans have diabetes. That figure does not even include people with pre-diabetes, which skyrockets the stat to 100,000,000.[1,2]
As you know, there are a couple of types of diabetes. Where as people with type 1 diabetes do not make enough insulin, those with type 2 diabetes cannot use insulin properly. Insulin is the pancreas-produced hormone that enables blood sugar to enter cells for energy.
Despite the different forms of the disease, the number of people with type 2 diabetes is vastly disproportionate in comparison to type 1 diabetics. In fact, according to the CDC, type 2 diabetes makes up between 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.
Unfortunately, the increasing rate of diabetes means that more and more people are taking potentially harmful prescription drugs to treat their disease. Metformin, the most commonly prescribed diabetes drug (with 120 million people using it worldwide), helps improve the body’s response to insulin by decreasing how much sugar the liver releases.[4,5]
Help! Is Type 2 Diabetes a Life Sentence?
Fortunately, it’s not a life sentence. There’s a growing body of evidence suggesting that people with type 2 diabetes can actually reverse their disease with appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes.
However, if you or someone you know is currently treating diabetes with Metformin, please do not stop using it cold turkey for a more natural alternative. Instead, see your doctor and express your desire to reverse the disease, not just manage type 2 diabetes symptoms.
Proof Dietary and Lifestyle Changes Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms and Reverse the Disease
Can type 2 diabetes be treated? In December 2017, a study published in The Lancet found that losing weight has the power to reverse diabetes. Although the trial was small, 9 out of the 10 participants who lost 33-pounds actually put their type 2 diabetes into remission without medication! Professor and lead researcher Roy Taylor from New Castle University was thrilled, saying:
“Substantial weight loss results in reduced fat inside the liver and pancreas, allowing these organs to return to normal function. What we’re seeing … is that losing weight isn’t just linked to better management of type 2 diabetes: significant weight loss could actually result in lasting remission.”
But that’s not the only one…
Another 2017 study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism explored the effects of personalized exercise plans and reducing daily calorie intake by 500 to 750 calories in eighty-three patients.
Researchers split them into three groups: an eight-week program, a more intensive sixteen-week program, and a control group who only received standard blood sugar management advice and lifestyle advice from their usual healthcare provider.
Although Metformin was still used for the duration of the study, participants in the sixteen-week intensive program were significantly more successful in putting their type 2 diabetes into remission. One man, 52-year-old John Almeida, lost 13 pounds, increased his physical activity, stopped using diabetes medication, and put his chronic disease into remission.
Warning Signs of Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms to Look Out For
Here’s what you need to look out for and start treating fast if you want to prevent diabetes and even reverse the chronic disease![10,11]
1) Unusual thirst and frequent urination
People showing signs of diabetes are usually very thirsty because the kidneys are not able to absorb excess sugar. As a result, the excess sugar ends up in your urine, but not before also taking fluids from your tissues which makes you urinate more. The more you urinate, the more dehydrated you becomes, which quickly turns into a crazy cycle.
2) Increased hunger
Because people with diabetes have trouble producing insulin or using it properly, they can’t effectively convert into the glucose that cells require for energy. Often, this leads to a constant state of hunger that just won’t go away. This is doubly bad because eating more than you need to can keep your blood sugar dangerously high.
3) Weight loss
Diabetics may experience unexplainable weight loss or gain. Since their bodies cannot use glucose for energy, they burn fat and muscle instead which causes weight loss regardless of diet or exercise.
4) Extreme fatigue or lack of energy
Since your cells are not receiving the glucose they need for energy, people with diabetes find it very hard to stay energized and awake.
5) Blurred vision
If you have diabetes, your body can experience shifting fluids. If this happens to you, it may not be a serious eye problem. Instead, the fluid is causing your eyes to temporarily swell and change shape which is why objects may appear blurry. Don’t worry, though, it goes back to normal once your blood sugar levels stabilize.
6) Frequent or recurring infections and cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
Over time, high blood sugar can negatively affect your nerves and cause poor blood circulation. As a result, it becomes hard for blood to reach the infected wound to start healing.
7) Itchy skin
Dry and itchy skin is caused by the lack of fluids in your body; this goes back to the symptom of unusual thirst. Because skin, your body’s largest organ, is not sufficiently hydrated, it can start to develop dry patches that become itchy and possibly infected.
8) Dark patches of skin
This skin condition is known as “acanthosis nigricans” and presents itself as dark patches of skin with a velvety texture. In diabetics, these patches of skin usually appear in areas that crease or fold (e.g., armpits, groin, behind the knees, inside the elbows, and knuckles).
9) Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
Due to the nerve damage that high blood sugar can cause, people with diabetes may start to notice pain in their extremities as well as numbness and tingling.
10) Trouble getting or maintaining an erection
People with diabetes tend to develop erectile dysfunction at least a decade earlier than men without the chronic disease. Although erectile dysfunction can be slow to develop, it’s likely due to damage to nerves, blood vessels, and muscle function (no thanks to high blood sugar).
You’re More in Control Than You Think
As you saw in the studies above, type 2 diabetes does not have to be a life sentence! The participants you read about are real people just like you, experiencing the same chronic conditions that we’re unfortunately faced with.
The worst thing you could do is ignore the symptoms we just outlined – so don’t! Pay close attention to your body and start taking tiny steps that will have a huge positive impact on your health. You can reverse type 2 diabetes. Literally. So, talk to your doctor about living healthfully with type 2 diabetes and ask about taking a more natural approach. It just might work wonders!
Still unsure where or how to start? Check out the links below!
- 7 Steps To Help Reverse Type-2 Diabetes So You Never Have To Take Insulin Or Medication Again
- The Low-Carb Diet That Can Reverse Diabetes And Make Medication A Thing Of The Past
- The 8 Best Herbs to Fight Type 2 Diabetes and Balance Blood Sugar
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