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Learn about a host of diabetes-related topics such as how many Americans suffer from this disease to how to easily adjust to a new diet after diagnoses. This section will provide you with the information you need to make informed dietary decisions regarding diabetes.

Control or Even Reverse Your Type 2 Diabetes

If you feel doomed to live with diabetes type 2 forever, think again. Even though your insurance company might not agree, you can reverse all of the laboratory parameters that are used to diagnose type 2 diabetes.

Control or Even Reverse Your Type 2 Diabetes

If you feel doomed to live with diabetes type 2 forever, think again. Even though your insurance company might not agree, you can reverse all of the laboratory parameters that are used to diagnose diabetes type 2, and achieve a normal blood sugar, insulin level, and have normal glucose tolerance tests.

You can control your type 2 diabetes without medication by making the right dietary adjustments. While this might not be the case for every person, it IS possible for some individuals. You can control or even reverse your type 2 diabetes with the right diet and exercise regimen.

The problem with diabetes lies in how your body is able to handle glucose, or sugar. When you eat carbohydrates and foods made with sugar, these are digested and absorbed and enter your bloodstream. Blood sugar, also called blood glucose, rises after you digest and absorb carbohydrates and sugars. When you have a large meal of say - pasta-and then you follow that with a serving of a sweet dessert, then your blood glucose levels will rise dramatically.

When your pancreas detects a rising blood glucose following a high carbohydrate and/or a high sugar meal then it responds by releasing a hormone--insulin. Insulin is a hormone that tells glucose to leave the bloodstream and enter body cells. As a result, blood glucose levels will drop back down to normal levels. In a person without diabetes, this happens in a normal way.

Insulin and Weight Gain

The problem with insulin is that it doesn't just signal glucose to enter body cells, it has another task. Insulin is a very powerful fat-storing hormone. When insulin is present in the body, almost all fat breakdown will cease, because insulin instructs the body to store extra calories as fat. Insulin also tells your body to take extra glucose and generate new fat molecules from it-and then that fat gets stored inside fat tissue.

What Happens with Diabetes Type 2?

With type 2 diabetes, normally the pancreas becomes worn out over years and years of releasing insulin in response to a large dose of carbohydrates and/or sugars. And so in type 2 diabetes, insulin levels can be high or low, depending on how your pancreas is able to function. Some people who have type 2 diabetes have to take shots of insulin, to help direct blood sugar out of the bloodstream, into either fat storage, or into body cells.

How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

In order to get rid of type 2 diabetes, you first have to ensure that you are eating a balanced diet, that contains whole grains, lean proteins like fish, turkey, and chicken, lots of vegetables and fruits, and low-fat dairy products. Avoiding processed foods like cookies, cakes, potato chips, pies, bread, rice, and pasta can help you reverse type 2 diabetes.

Whenever you begin to have normal laboratory values, you are beginning to control, and possibly reverse, type 2 diabetes.

The laboratory values that are used to diagnose diabetes include the following:

1. A fasting blood glucose of greater than or equal to 126mg/dL. This is measured by taking a blood sample, and evaluating the amount of free glucose in that blood sample. With controlled diabetes, you can achieve normal fasting blood glucose levels of between 77-99mg/dL or a prediabetic range of 100-125mg/dL. While blood sugar is not the only measurement used to diagnose diabetes, it is a major indicator of what your diet includes and how your body is processing and metabolizing sugar.

2. Hemoglobin A1c values above 6.5%. This measures the amount of glucose that is attached to red blood cells, and can indicate how high your blood glucose gets over a 3 month time frame, and can indicate whether you are able to control your blood sugars over time or not.

3. Random fasting glucose above 200mg/dL 2 hours after eating. This can be measured at any time of day, even with a finger prick, and if your blood sugar registers above 200mg/dL two hours after eating, then your physician can diagnose you with diabetes.

4. Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT). This is used to determine just how much sugar your body is able to process. This test is administered with the individual fasting, and then consuming 75g of glucose in beverage form. If the fasting blood glucose remains above 200 mg/dL 2 hours after consuming the glucose, then type 2 diabetes is present.

Whenever you begin to reverse these laboratory values, you are reversing your type 2 diabetes. And don't let anyone tell you it cannot be done, because it has happened for many individuals! You don't have to live with type 2 diabetes. You can live without it by reversing your type 2 diabetes laboratory values.


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