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Reversing Diabetes – Can Diabetes be Reversed? (447 words)

Posted Mar 09 2012 8:55am

Types of Diabetes

People with diabetes have abnormally high blood sugar levels. This may be because their body is not producing enough insulin, or they cannot properly use the insulin their body is producing.

Type-1 diabetes affects 5-10% of diabetics and is not reversible. In Type-1 diabetes, the person’s pancreas is not producing enough insulin, if at all. Insulin-producing cells in the pancreas are damaged and unable to produce this hormone.

Type-2 diabetes is more common and develops when the body loses its ability to process insulin correctly. This condition is also called insulin resistance. Obesity is the major cause of Type 2 diabetes. It can be controlled by medication but studies show that regular exercise and a healthy diet can help manage the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes even without medication.

Is There a Cure for Diabetes?

Diabetics and pre-diabetics are anxious to know if diabetes can be reversed or cured. While there is no cure for Type 1 diabetes, those with Type 2 diabetes are in a better position to control the disease. Insulin resistance manifested by Type 2 diabetes can be overcome by maintaining a healthy weight and by regular exercise. Controlling the symptoms, however, does not mean that the disease is reversed. If diabetics stop exercising regularly or go back to an unhealthy diet, their abnormally elevated blood sugar levels and other diabetic symptoms will return.

How to Manage Diabetes Symptoms

Obesity is a common cause of Type 2 diabetes because body fat causes an insulin imbalance. Those with excessive abdominal fat are more likely to develop diabetes. By exercising and limiting the consumption of carbohydrates, you can decrease fat and reduce blood sugar levels.

People who are prediabetic, or those with fasting blood sugar levels in the 100-125 mg/dL range, will find it easier to turn their blood glucose to normal levels. Those who are at risk of prediabetes or diabetes should eat a healthy diet that is low in sugar and carbohydrates and high in protein and fiber.

Most medical professionals agree that diabetes cannot be reversed or cured but the symptoms can be controlled by keeping blood sugar near normal levels. This can be done by medication, or by exercise and a diet that includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, meats and dairy products. Maintaining a healthy weight is also important.

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