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How To Reverse Diabetes Using Natural Methods

Updated on October 7, 2015
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David is an army-trained biomedical scientific officer, writer, and lifelong health and fitness enthusiast.

A healthy diet can help reverse diabetes
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You Can Reverse Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing disease in the world today. And whilst commonly regarded as simply an inconvenience, diabetes is actually a very serious ailment that can cause all manner of long term health complications. However if you’d like to know how to reverse diabetes and restore your health, read on…

What Causes Diabetes?

Diabetes is caused by your body cells becoming resistant to insulin. This happens when the cells become inflamed and the insulin receptor sites become damaged. Insulin is then unable to do its job of transporting glucose into the cells properly, so you produce more insulin to try to compensate for this. This extra insulin however causes further insulin resistance, and this eventually leads to diabetes.

The reason your cells become inflamed and damaged in the first place is due primarily to poor dietary choices, but lack of exercise also plays a role. Dietary factors include the consumption of too much sugar, refined carbohydrates and toxic substances like alcohol, nicotine, artificial sweeteners, food additives and harmful fats such as refined oils and hydrogenated fats.

Weight gain further contributes to insulin resistance, especially where the weight gained is mostly in the abdominal area.

Diabetes is a progressive disease and can lead to severe nerve and blood vessel damage due to the chronically elevated blood sugar and insulin levels. This can cause, among other things, impaired circulation, heart disease, damage to the eyes, liver and kidneys, and sexual dysfunction in males. However, provided your pancreas is still functioning, you can change all of this and reverse your diabetes if you do the following:

Eat The Proper Diet

Eating the right foods is the most important part of what it takes to reverse diabetes. You must cut out all sugar, including natural sugars such as honey. And be sure to check all food packaging for added sugar too.

Refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, white pasta, pastries, puddings, biscuits and white rice also have to go. That’s because these break down into sugar very quickly when you eat them.

Complex carbs, such as whole wheat bread, pasta and cereals and brown rice, as well as potatoes and sweet potatoes, should also be greatly reduced, or even eliminated completely for a while. Complex carbs are of course beneficial for anyone in normal health, but they too break down into sugar, albeit more slowly, so if you are diabetic you don’t want to be eating very much of them.

So eating the low carb way is the best way to go if you are diabetic.

This means your diet should consist of mostly protein foods (meat and poultry, fish, eggs and cheese) and vegetables. You also need to ensure you have some healthy fats from such foods as oily fish, avocados, nuts, seeds, extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. These healthy fats are highly beneficial as they contain essential fatty acids which help reduce inflammation and repair damaged cells.

Start An Exercise Program

If you want to fully reverse diabetes, regular exercise is crucial. When you exercise, glucose is used for energy, which lowers blood glucose levels, and this in turn lowers insulin. Moderate exercise also helps to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation.

Whilst any type of exercise will work, ideally you should do both cardiovascular exercise and some sort of strength training if you want to see the best results.

Be sure to start off gently though, and don’t overdo it, as too much can do more harm than good, especially in the early stages. So start at a comfortable level, and gradually increase both the duration and the intensity as your fitness improves.

Use Some Proven Supplements

Whilst your diet is the main factor in reversing diabetes, there are some supplements that can be highly beneficial and these are an important part of the whole process of restoring yourself to full health.

Diabetics tend to be very nutritionally deficient, especially in minerals, so of first importance is to take a good quality whole food source multivitamin supplement to address this.

Chromium is especially important to diabetics due to its role in stabilizing blood sugar levels, so it's well worth taking additional amounts of this particular mineral.

Omega 3 fatty acids are also very important as these help reduce inflammation and heal damaged cells. And two other supplements that have been proven in tests to help diabetics are Co-enzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid.

By taking these supplements you will be greatly aiding the healing and re-balancing process that needs to occur to reverse diabetes and restore your health.

Address Any Bad Habits

If you smoke it’s important to stop, as smoking is highly inflammatory. And you need to strictly limit your intake of alcohol too.

Also the amount of prescription drugs you are taking needs to be reduced, and you should stop them completely as soon as you can (under your doctor’s supervision of course). By taking drugs you are simply adding more toxins to your body, which will only hinder your recovery.

The drugs your doctor prescribes will never cure you; they will only manage your symptoms while the underlying condition continues to get worse. Apart from that, prescription drugs have many side effects that will further compromise your health. So if you ever want to be completely well you need to rid your body of them.

So now you know how to reverse diabetes using natural methods, which is in fact the only way to reverse it. If you follow the advice given here, depending on how severely affected you are, you should be able to make a full recovery within a few months to a year of getting started.

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      David 

      4 weeks ago from Birmingham, UK

      It's difficult to give you specific advice when I don't really know what sort of condition you are in at the moment, but at your age you need to start a fitness program with caution. Go for a 20 minute brisk walk 5 or 6 days per week, and when you feel up to it, do a few minutes jogging at various points during your walk. Later on you could try a few short sprints a couple of times per week if you want.

      Lift some weights two or three times per week, but if you have never lifted, or if you haven't lifted for a long time, you'll need to practice the movements first with an empty bar, or even no weight at all. Take a look at my article on training for older guys and if you have any more questions let me know. Best of luck.

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      Larry Chmiel 

      5 weeks ago

      I am diabetic type II and 76 years old. I tore down my deck and now building a new one. I am not a couch potato and am fairly strong. Exactly what kind of weight training and cardio should I do for my diabetes and to gain more strength. My doctor gave me the go ahead to do anything but not to exhaustion.

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      David 

      6 years ago from Birmingham, UK

      Thanks Mardi. Yes, type 1 is more difficult. You certainly can't cure it, but diet and lifestyle changes as described will help somewhat.

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      Mardi Winder-Adams 

      6 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      Great Hub with lots of information. Just wish that Type 1 Diabetes could also be controlled strictly with diet and lifestyle changes.

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