DIABETES type 2 symptoms include weight loss, feeling very tired, and rushing to the toilet more often than normal. But, how can diet and exercise changes help you to reverse the condition, and return your blood sugar readings to a normal level?
Diabetes type 2 is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin.
Without enough insulin, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy, according to the NHS.
Diabetes symptoms include blurred vision, passing more urine than normal, and having a constant thirst.
Managing your blood sugar is very important, as diabetes patients are more at risk of some life-threatening conditions, including heart disease and strokes.
But, you can reverse type 2 diabetes by making some diet and exercise changes.
Diabetes patients that get their blood sugar levels below 42mmol/mol (six per cent), without taking any diabetes medication, are said to have reversed their condition.
One of the best ways to reduce your blood sugar is to lose body weight, it added.
Low-carbohydrate diets or very low-calorie diets are great ways to reverse your diabetes, it said.
But, you should always speak to a doctor before making drastic changes to your diet.
“With time and dedication, type 2 diabetes can be reversed and the results can be very rewarding, with less tiredness and better all-round health,” said Diabetes.co.uk.
“Reversing diabetes is a term that usually refers to a significant long-term improvement in insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes.
“Commitment to exercise has allowed a number of people to successfully reverse their type 2 diabetes.
“Exercise helps the body to become more sensitive to its insulin.
“In combination with a healthy diet, exercise can reduce the demand for insulin in the body and therefore help reverse diabetes.”
While it’s possible to reverse type 2 diabetes, it’s currently not possible to reverse type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition, and scientists are trying to find a vaccine to stop the immune system from attacking its own insulin-producing cells.