Diabetes is a devastating diagnosis — something that can be a heartbreaking, lifelong struggle for those affected. The effects of diabetes can be extremely severe and life-changing, but can also be managed if the right diet is in place.
What you might not realize about diabetes, however, is that it can be reversed if the proper steps are taken to do so. There are several little known ways to do this, and it can seriously improve your health and prognosis.
Type 2 diabetes is something that, for many years, doctors believed was an incurable disease. Researchers, however, recently conducted an experiment that put type 2 diabetes sufferers on a strict liquid diet for a predetermined length of time. All 30 subjects showed signs of remission that lasted six months after the diet was completed.
“This is a radical change in our understanding of Type 2 diabetes,” the study’s author, Dr. Roy Taylor, told the New York Times. “If we can get across the message that ‘yes, this is a reversible disease — that you will have no more diabetes medications, no more sitting in doctors’ rooms, no more excess health charges’ — that is enormously motivating.” Other studies have shown that people with type 2 diabetes see the condition diminish after losing a certain amount of weight through bariatric surgery.
Even losing a small amount of weight in a short amount of time can reverse the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Why is this? Because when you alter your diet to remove processed foods, sugar and flour and replace it with healthy food, the healing effects happen rather quickly. Not only the benefit of some weight loss, but more importantly the internal healing from diabetes.
Diet Changes Everything
When both managing and potentially reversing diabetes, your diet is key. Just ask former University of Michigan football player Marc Ramirez, who credits going vegan to reversing his diabetes.
“When I played football here at Michigan, I was 305 pounds,” he told MLive in a recent interview. “Today, at 48 years old, I weigh 210 pounds, so I’m almost 100 pounds lighter, and I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life at this point. I feel great.”
Ramirez also exercises for around three hours a week, which he says also contributes to keeping his diabetes at bay.
“Because I’m not eating all those high-fat, high-saturated, high-cholesterol foods, my body stays in pretty good shape,” he explained. “I feel like I’m back in my 20s and 30s now. It’s amazing how your entire life can change.”
The real key to reversing diabetes is not necessarily going vegan — you can still eat animal products and see the results. What is most important is cutting out sugar, eating more whole and unprocessed foods and eating the right nutrients. Unprocessed foods balance your blood sugar and sufficient amounts of certain nutrients can make your cells more sensitive to insulin.
Though diabetes is a life-changing diagnosis that can have some serious complications and symptoms, taking the right steps has been proven to dramatically affect your diagnosis in a positive way. You might even be able to reverse it.