Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have been living with type 2 diabetes for a while, it’s no secret that managing diabetes is a challenging endeavour that can be intensely stressful at times.
However, while it may sound too good to be true, there are actual ways to effectively reverse type 2 diabetes without medication through healthy living and an evidence-based low-carb lifestyle.
For more information on how to reverse type 2 diabetes and the steps you need to take, read below.
What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is when there is a defect in the production of insulin in your pancreas (insulin deficiency), or the cells in your body no longer respond appropriately to the presence of insulin in your system.
When there is insufficient insulin in your body or when your cells no longer react appropriately to insulin, this causes your body to have higher blood sugar levels and eventually diabetes, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, weight fluctuations, and inflammation.
How Do Carbohydrates Affect Blood Sugar Levels?
Carbohydrates, or carbs, are the most common sources of glucose we can find in our food from various sources – from staple foods such as rice, bread, and pasta, to less healthy items such as pastries or soft drinks.
Carbohydrates have a substantial effect on an individual’s blood sugar levels – the more carbohydrates you consume in a meal, the more glucose is added into your bloodstream, which leads the body to release more insulin to compensate for the glucose intake.
In the context of type 2 diabetes, a diet high in carbs leads to a frequently high amount of insulin in your bloodstream, eventually causing your cells to develop insulin resistance.
With insulin resistance, your body requires even more insulin to achieve the same effects, so managing type 2 diabetes with insulin injections isn’t a viable long-term solution to treating the disease.
How To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally
The first step on how to reverse type 2 diabetes without medication is to remove any unnecessary sources of carbohydrates from your daily meals to facilitate a low-carb lifestyle.
By limiting carbohydrates from your diet, you stop adding additional glucose into your bloodstream and thus lower the amount of insulin in your system. Over time, it is possible to reverse your body’s resistance to insulin since your body is no longer oversaturated with it, thereby returning your blood sugar levels to normal.
Eating a diet low in carbohydrates gives individuals suffering from type 2 diabetes better control over their blood sugar levels, which leads to less required medication, and can eventually reverse type 2 diabetes altogether.
As for what you should eat instead, you’ll ideally want your meals to be a good balance of fibre (vegetables), protein (meat, fish, eggs and dairy) and healthy fats such as olive oil, butter or coconut oil.
While fats are often maligned as a source of weight gain, the truth is that dietary fats have minimal effect on your blood sugar and insulin levels and are therefore a good way to keep full without relying on carbs.
Note – if you take medication to manage your blood sugar levels and decide to follow a low-carb lifestyle, do consult with your doctor beforehand. Medical monitoring is necessary, so your doctor can properly adjust your medication dosage to accommodate your change in diet.
Diabetes Reversal and Its Benefits
While there is no universally agreed-upon definition, for most health institutes, diabetes reversal (or diabetes remission) is when your HbA1c levels (average blood glucose or sugar level) for the past few months return to a point below the diabetic range.
For type 2 diabetes, this is when a patient who previously had an HbA1c in the diabetic range (>6.4%) returns an HbA1c in the non-diabetic range (<6.4%) without needing the use of medications that manage diabetes.
Medical terminology aside, there are physical benefits to diabetes reversal – you will notice a loss in weight, lower blood glucose levels, less need for medication, more energy, and the opportunity to fully reverse your type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
Even if you can’t fully reverse your type 2 diabetes, you’ll still be able to live a much healthier life than before, making the diabetes reversal journey worth taking, no matter if you achieve the end goal.
Here To Help
At Diversa Health, we have a team of highly experienced doctors, nurses, and dietitians working together with you to form an evidenced-based meal plan and lifestyle that serves as a treatment for type 2 diabetes in Australia, with the ultimate goal of reversing your diabetes symptoms. Contact us today to start your type 2 diabetes remission journey.
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Although there is no universally agreed upon definition for the reversal of type 2 diabetes, Diversa uses HbA1c to assist in defining diabetes and pre-diabetes reversal.
Type 2 diabetes reversal is when a patient who previously had an HbA1c in the diabetic range (>6.4%) returning an HbA1c in the non-diabetic range (<6.4%) (along with the absence of medications used to manage diabetes). Pre-diabetes reversal is when a patient who previously had an HbA1c in the pre-diabetic range (5.7-6.4%) returning an HbA1c to the non pre-diabetic range (less than 5.7%).
It is important to recognise that although not everybody may be able to completely reverse type 2 diabetes, partial reversal, the reduction of medication dosages, along with the simultaneous lowering of HbA1c, will unquestionably achieve a better quality of life and improve health outcomes for those living with type 2 diabetes.
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