You cannot cure diabetes, but you might be able to reverse it or put it into remission with lifestyle changes. This article discusses the steps you can take to go into type 2 diabetes remission.
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What Is Diabetes Reversal?
Type 2 diabetes is considered chronic, meaning that it is a lifelong condition. However, new research has found that diabetes reversal is possible if you take steps to stabilize your blood sugar (glucose) levels.
Diabetes reversal means there has been a major improvement in how your body responds to insulin. It means your blood sugar levels are in a healthy range without using diabetes medications.
The measure used to diagnose diabetes is hemoglobin A1c, which shows the average glucose level in the blood over two or three months. People with diabetes have an A1C of 6.5% or higher. Studies have shown that if a person with type 2 diabetes can get under that level, they have successfully reversed the condition.
Eat a Nutritious Diet
Diet and diabetes go hand in hand. While diet does not directly cause type 2 diabetes, it does play a role. Eating a certain way can increase a person’s risk of developing diabetes.
Since your diet increases your risk and influences your blood sugar levels, it’s suggested that managing what you eat can effectively help you reverse type 2 diabetes.
Carbohydrates get broken down into glucose by the body. When you eat a diet that is very high in carbohydrates, your glucose levels can rise significantly. In people with diabetes, a dangerously high blood sugar level can occur if they eat too many carbohydrates.
However, eating a diet low in carbohydrates may have the opposite effect, and may contribute to diabetes remission. Studies have shown that people who lower their carbohydrate intake to less than 50 grams a day may achieve remission. It is important to note, however, that many studies on low-carb diets and diabetes reversal do not have long-term results.
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