Today we will have a brief talk about preventing pre-diabetes and therefore stopping diabetes in its’ track. This is possible if we engage in some lifestyle changes. Yes, lifestyle changes can stop diabetes. We will be focusing on type 2 diabetes in this article, but before we do so, let us take a look at type 1 and 2 diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes
Some notes on type 1 diabetes:
- Diagnosed mostly in children and young adults.
- The body either produces little insulin or none.
- Please note that the body needs insulin to convert sugars and starches into energy to fuel the body.
- It is often said that type 1 cannot be cured, just managed/controlled. This is mainly achieved through diet and insulin therapy.
Type 2 Diabetes
Here are some notes on type 2 diabetes:
- Diagnosed mainly in adults.
- The body produces insulin but has a lame response to the insulin produced.
- Type 2 can both be prevented and reversed, through a lifestyle change of eating whole foods and becoming physically active.
Prevent and Cure Type 2 Diabetes
The prevention and cure of type 2 diabetes are as simple as the bullet points below:
- Lean animal protein
- Whole grains
- Nuts and seeds
- Lose excess weight. It has been documented numerous times that when we lose the excess weight our blood glucose numbers usually gets lower.
Time to Act
I am purposely keeping this article brief and making it easy to read by using bullet points where possible. Here are some lifestyle changes I made to control my blood glucose:
- Eat a lot of vegetables, especially the non-starchy ones.
- Pak choy
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- Eat a diet rich in fruits, including berries and a lot of citrus fruits when in they are in season:
- Chinese star fruit
- Plant Proteins
- Red kidney beans
- Cannellini beans
- Black beans
- Pinto beans
- Lentils (all types)
- Split peas (all types)
- Nuts and seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Animal Proteins
- Chicken, especially the breast
- Turkey breast
- Fish (Salmon, mackerel, sardines, etc.)
The Fruits of my Labor
- Fasting blood sugar between 6.0 to 7.5 (108 to 135). Note I was getting readings of 16 to 18 (288 to 324) prior to the change. I must also admit that I had some pretty low readings before during the days and so I try to keep the readings a bit higher when going to bed in order to avoid it falling too low in my sleep.
- I am on less medication now, including my blood pressure meds.
- My blood pressure is mostly in the normal range.
- I lost over 40 pounds. I am at a plateau phase now, so I know I need to do something a bit different for awhile. Yes, I need to exercise regularly and cut my portions for some days. To be honest, some days I am less than perfect with my eating. Thank God those days are few and far apart, but they can still highjack your weight loss efforts.
- I have more energy than I have had in years. I am now walking faster and even running up and down the stairs at work.
- My tendonitis rarely hurts and the pain is no longer severe.
- I have not had arthritic pain for over six months now. Note, I dreaded the cold times due to the pain I would feel. Now, I can enjoy being cool.
It is indeed a fact that our lifestyle can and will affect our blood sugar. This means that the foods we eat can cause us to be pre-diabetic and eventually diabetic. The good news is that eating more vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, lean animal protein, seeds, and nuts will help us to control our blood glucose.
When we combine a diet of whole foods, (with most of it coming from plants) with exercise, then the results are more promising. Yes, it is possible to reverse diabetes given a little time and a whole lot of discipline.
The time to act is now. Controlling and even reversing diabetes is possible.
For more information, please take a look at the following books:
- The End of Diabetes.
- Diabetes: The Most Effective Diabetic Superfoods to Reverse and Prevent Diabetes.
- The Complete Book of Enzyme Therapy.
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