Many people think that once they have developed type 2 diabetes, they are stuck with it for life.
The number one thing to keep in mind before reading this article is that even though type 2 diabetes can be reversible, it is not the case for everybody, and prevention is always better than cure!
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. For many people (but not all) it can be prevented through following a healthy lifestyle.
Type 2 diabetes can be reversed, but if you are not motivated or disciplined enough to reverse it, you can at least manage it to prevent diabetes related health problems, like amputations, kidney failure and blindness.
Diabetes Explained: What is type 2 diabetes?
Diabetes is the result of the body not creating enough insulin to keep blood glucose (sugar) levels in the normal range. Everyone needs some glucose in their blood, but if it’s too high it can damage your body over time.
In type 2 diabetes, either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the cells in the body don’t recognise the insulin that is present. The end result is the same: high levels of glucose in your blood.
For many people (but not all) type 2 diabetes can be prevented by making healthy food choices and staying active.
There is a clear link between type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension) and / or disordered levels of fats (cholesterol) in the blood (the medical name for this is dyslipidaemia). This combination of diabetes with hypertension and dyslipidaemia is sometimes called ‘the Metabolic Syndrome’ or Syndrome X.
At what stage in live does type 2 diabetes normally occur?
Type 2 diabetes most often occurs in adulthood usually after the ages of 30 – 40 years. However, increasing numbers of teenagers and children are developing type 2 diabetes.
Who are the most likely candidates for type 2 diabetes?
Some groups of people are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes:
- European 40 years of age or older
- Diabetes in your family (grandparents, parents, brothers or sisters)
- Maori, Asian, Middle Eastern or Pacific Island descent aged 30 years or older
- High blood pressure
- Overweight (especially if you carry most of your weight around your waist)
- Diagnosed as having pre-diabetes (also known as impaired glucose tolerance or insulin resistance) – this occurs when the glucose (sugar) in your blood is higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetes
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes
You may have had type 2 diabetes for many years without realising it. Not everyone has symptoms. Symptoms may include:
- Feeling tired and lacking energy
- Feeling thirsty
- Going to the toilet often
- Getting infections frequently
- Getting infections which are hard to heal
- Poor eyesight or blurred vision
- Often feeling hungry
If you have any of the above symptoms, discuss these with your doctor.
Diabetes is diagnosed by blood tests which can be organised through your doctor. If you are very unwell you should seek medical assistance immediately.
Does type 2 diabetes run in families?
If you have a blood relative with Type 2 diabetes you are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes yourself. However Type 2 diabetes sometimes occurs in people who have no one in their family with the condition.
Is type 2 diabetes curable?
In people with type 2 diabetes, glucose builds up in the blood. But with good management, your blood glucose levels may go down to normal again. But this does not mean you are cured. Instead, a blood glucose level in your target range shows that your treatment plan is working and that you are taking care of your diabetes.
How do I reverse type 2 diabetes?
In a nutshell: some people with type 2 diabetes may be able to manage their diabetes through diet and exercise, but if you want to reverse it, you need to very disciplined and focused.
The goal is to lower your blood glucose and improve your body’s use of insulin. This is achieved through:
- A healthy Low GI and Low Carbohydrate diet
- Exercise (intensive exercise for at least 30 to 45 minutes each day)
- Weight loss – following a low GI and Low carbohydrate diet as well as lowering calorie consumption can lead to weight loss.
- Enough quality sleep
The focus of your food choices and regular exercise is to achieve and maintain healthy blood glucose levels. Losing weight helps your body use insulin better. A lot more information about these things can be found in the Manna Diabetes e-book.
You may also have to take medication. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive ailment and therefore you need to pay close attention to your lifestyle if you want to reverse it or just manage it.
The Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement can be taken in conjunction with any diabetic medication, but you need to monitor your blood sugar levels, because it can drop too low, because this Manna product reduces the Glycemic Index (GI) of any food you eat by up to 43% and therefore help to prevent blood sugar levels from rising too high. Also use the Manna Shake as a meal replacement. The shake can help to suppress hunger and eliminate food cravings while controlling blood sugar levels.