TYPE 2 diabetes is a condition in which cells cannot use blood sugar effectively for energy. It occurs when blood sugar gets too high and over time the cells become insensitive to insulin. Can the condition be reversed?
To reverse diabetes people with the condition who are able to get their HbA1c below 42 mmol/mol (6 per cent) without taking medication are said to have reversed their diabetes, also known as remission. How can one achieve this?
Doctor David Cavan said: “People can experience a whole range of feelings when they are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, including relief that they know what was causing troublesome symptoms, guilt that they may have eaten too much of the wrong things, anger that it should affect them, fear for the future, loneliness and a whole host of other feelings and emotions.
The onset of type 2 diabetes can be gradual and the signs can be mild during the early stages. As a result, many people are unaware of their underlying condition.
Early symptoms to look out for:
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
- Always feeling hungry
- Blurry vision
- Tingling and numbness in hands and feet
We all know that living a healthy lifestyle is paramount for general good health. Exercising is one of the best things you can do as it will not only help you lose weight but it will also help the body to use insulin more efficiently.
Regular activity can help reduce the amount of insulin you have to take.
Exercise has the ability to strengthen your bones, reduce stress levels, improve sleep, make you feel more positive and improve your diabetes management.
The NHS said of exercise: “Any kind of exercise can help people with type 2 diabetes. It is said that aerobic and resistance training lowered blood sugar levels in diabetic patients, and a combination of both lowered blood sugar levels even further.”
Allow yourself some time to build up to a steady, challenging exercise routine and start slow if needs be.
Best exercises for beginners:
- Water aerobics
- Stationary bike
Exercising and following a low-carb diet could help reverse the symptoms of diabetes and put yourself into remission.
Doctor Cavan said: “Our medical understanding of type 2 diabetes and its management has changed beyond all recognition in the past 20 years, and we are learning more all the time.
“Our ability to control diabetes has never been better and we now know that in some situations it is possible to reverse type 2 diabetes.”
If the idea of exercising is daunting, its advisable to speak with your doctor about the best form of exercise to start with.
Your doctor will also be able to check your health which is particularly important if you already have blocked arteries or high blood pressure.