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Monday, October 23, 2006

Push Yourself to a Higher Plane of Diabetes Management

Type 1 diabetes can be managed, but there is not yet a cure in sight. So the best we can do is to take prescribed medicines, and adhere to a planned diet and exercise program.

Type 2 diabetes is different, because the body does produce some insulin in this condition, though not enough. It can also be that there is enough insulin to go around, but our body cells simply will not accept it.

There are 3 things we can do reverse type 2 diabetes over time:

Lose weight

Increase exercise duration to use more calories

Reduce calorie intake so that we can make do with less insulin

The first and third of the steps listed above may sound the same, and indeed they are similar. However, there is an important distinction between reducing body fat, and reducing the total calorie value of food intake, without affecting nutritional balance.

It is possible to make gradual improvements in type 2 diabetes management such that medication can be reduced or even stopped altogether. No one should try such experiments on their own, for changes in diet and exercise, with medicine dose adjustments are safe only under the supervision of a doctor, and with periodic blood tests.

Another thing to keep in mind is that all improvements in type 2 diabetes are also reversible, and any lapse in to old eating habits or sedentary ways, can lead to high blood sugar levels once again!

Please leave a post here if you have personal experience of reducing or doing away with medicine through superior type 2 diabetes management. I would love to hear from you by email as well, if you have a query related to this matter of superior type 2 diabetes management.


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