Are you a diabetic? Or anyone who has been diagnosed with Diabetes for years now? Well, by now you must be aware of managing diabetes by controlling blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
Managing your blood sugar levels might be a very difficult and challenging task and that is because there are lots of factors that influence your blood sugar level. Factors that affect your blood sugar level are food, exercise, medication, illness, consuming alcohol, menstruation and stress. If you are a diabetic, it is very important that you stick to a strict diet plan rich in fibres and antioxidants and a little bit low on carbohydrates. You must avoid consuming junk food, starchy vegetables and other food items that are rich in carbohydrates.
Physical activity is another important factor and it is very important for you to stay physically active and exercise regularly because, when you exercise, your muscle uses sugar to give energy and exercising regularly can help your body use insulin more efficiently. The more strenuous your workout, the longer the effect lasts, but light physical activities can still help manage your blood sugar. You must consult a doctor about what exercise plan suits you and make sure that you at least workout for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Taking medicines for diabetes can help manage your blood sugar level but the effectiveness of these medications depends on the timing and size of the dose.
Still the question remains – ‘Can I reverse diabetes?’
Can diabetes be reversed?
Reversing diabetes or diabetes mellitus refers to a significant long term improvement in insulin sensitivity in people. Recent studies show that it is possible to reverse diabetes and we are a living example of that! By following a strict diet and a proper workout plan, you can reach a normal blood sugar level without taking any medications.
In order to go through the reversal of diabetes, you must avoid all refined carbohydrates, avoid all added sugars, avoid all sweet drinks, start eating healthy fruits and vegetables with high fibre content and low carbohydrates like avocado, olives, almonds etc. Include high protein and fat in every single meal because it helps to stabilise your blood sugars and keeps you full. It is also advised to consider intermittent fasting or time-restricted feeding (TRF). TRF means consuming your food during only a particular time of the day and fasting for the rest of the day and by doing so, your insulin levels reduce and help reverse the chronically elevated levels thereby making it possible to reverse diabetes.
To reverse diabetes, if all the necessary lifestyle changes in order to correct the metabolism are followed properly you can keep your blood sugar levels on par with that of a non-diabetic person.
Difference between diabetes reversal and diabetes management
|Diabetes Reversal||Diabetes Management|
|Reversal of diabetes means that a person can go back to being non-diabetic from diabetic||Management means trying to control your blood sugar levels|
|To reverse diabetes means that you can go back to eating whatever you want in moderation and still maintain normal blood sugar levels.||Diabetes management means trying to control your blood sugar levels by following a strict diet or taking medications and insulin shots to maintain your blood sugar levels.|
|In the case of diabetes reversal, once reversed it doesn’t require constant monitoring.||In the case of diabetes management, your blood glucose level is constantly monitored.|
|Improves energy levels||May not improve energy levels|
|Stops medicine||Medicine intake is necessary|
|Treats the root cause of diabetes; damaged metabolism||Doesn’t treat the root cause of diabetes|
To reverse diabetes and to manage diabetes might be 2 different ways of controlling diabetes, but the final goal is to maintain your blood sugar level and stay healthy and fit. In order to achieve this, it is very important for you to follow your doctor’s instructions and move forward accordingly. If all goes well, you can reverse diabetes in no time and start living a normal life very soon.
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