How To Reverse Diabetes

Potentially massive news for those who suffer Type 2 diabetes — you may be able to reverse it, without the “help” of Big Pharma and their medications. Val Willingham reports for CNN:

When Jonathan Legg of Bethesda, Maryland, got a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes at 39, he was shocked. “I had always been pretty active,” said Legg. “But it was a big wake-up call, that what I was doing and my current weight were not OK.”

That was two years ago. Since that time, the Morgan Stanley executive decided to make some changes and reverse his diabetes. Although his doctor recommended he go on medication to control his illness, Legg took a different approach. Instead of meds, he began to exercise every day and changed his diet, cutting out alcohol, fatty foods and watching his carbs.

“I wanted to be able to know the changes I was making were making a difference, and it wasn’t the drug,” said Legg.

According to new statistics just out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25.8 million people, or 8.3% of the U.S. population, are affected by either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Most, like Legg, have type 2 diabetes, which in many people develops later in life. Caused primarily by genetic makeup, a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits, type 2 diabetes can be reversed in some cases. By making changes to their lives such as adding exercise and improving their diets, many type 2 diabetics can drop their glucose or sugar numbers back to the normal range, reversing their condition.

“We have seen numerous people reverse their condition,” says Dr. Michelle Magee, director of the MedStar Diabetes Institute in Washington. “But it takes a real dedication for the rest of their lives,” she notes.

So why do exercise and diet help reverse diabetes? To answer that question, we first need to know why people get diabetes in the first place.

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  • Honu

    Wow….another article touting what should garner a “no duh” response yet is presented like its a breakthrough. Dr. Gabriel Cousens and his raw food approach have been curing people with type ll diabetes for decades. The success rate is near 100% for the people who follow the program. The correlation between diet and sedentary lifestyle to diabetes is about the same as bleeding and sticking yourself in the gut with a bowie knife.

  • Honu

    Wow….another article touting what should garner a “no duh” response yet is presented like its a breakthrough. Dr. Gabriel Cousens and his raw food approach have been curing people with type ll diabetes for decades. The success rate is near 100% for the people who follow the program. The correlation between diet and sedentary lifestyle to diabetes is about the same as bleeding and sticking yourself in the gut with a bowie knife.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Wait… Diabetes isn’t an incurable disease locking you into a lifetime of medication? Our doctors wouldn’t lie to us would they? No…

    In all actuality the doctors are probably ignorant pawns, but don’t tell any of them that.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Wait… Diabetes isn’t an incurable disease locking you into a lifetime of medication? Our doctors wouldn’t lie to us would they? No…

    In all actuality the doctors are probably ignorant pawns, but don’t tell any of them that.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Note that the people who chose to forego medicine made a major, serious change of lifestyle and diet…and stuck to it. I knew two guys…an old boss of mine and his brother (the owner of the company) who both had type 2 diabetes. One guy took his medicine, ate balanced meals, avoided excess sugars and alcohol and was very active. He lived long enough to enjoy grandchildren.

    The other guy said “I have diabetes…but it won’t hurt me because I refuse to let it…and doctors and their medicines would just make me sicker! I will myself to recover.” Then he drank whatever he pleased, ate whatever he wanted and let his weight stay an issue. He had a few good years of being the life of the party…and died after dropping into a diabetic coma.

    End point: Self discipline is a bitch…but medicine or extreme self discipline are two options that work…total denial on the other hand…that just gets you dead.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Note that the people who chose to forego medicine made a major, serious change of lifestyle and diet…and stuck to it. I knew two guys…an old boss of mine and his brother (the owner of the company) who both had type 2 diabetes. One guy took his medicine, ate balanced meals, avoided excess sugars and alcohol and was very active. He lived long enough to enjoy grandchildren.

    The other guy said “I have diabetes…but it won’t hurt me because I refuse to let it…and doctors and their medicines would just make me sicker! I will myself to recover.” Then he drank whatever he pleased, ate whatever he wanted and let his weight stay an issue. He had a few good years of being the life of the party…and died after dropping into a diabetic coma.

    End point: Self discipline is a bitch…but medicine or extreme self discipline are two options that work…total denial on the other hand…that just gets you dead.

  • Ivan

    This can merely be taken as a breakthrough.

    My grandmother has kept her diabetes(type 1) pretty much in perfect shape, by taking a walk after she eats, aswell as never eaten processed food for the 40 years she has had the diagnosis(the closest thing is fish they process themself).

    From my experience as being a type 1 diabetic, she has way higher insulin sensitivity than me(which is because of many factors; gender, _activity_, _diet_, age ect.). Her body is much less resistant to the insulin(We use the same type of insuline, NovoRapid from Novo Nordic I think).
    This is probably because of her activity after meals, aswell as not eating anything high glycomic foods(nothing processed at all).

    I would assume that the insulin resistance will partly go away when a diabetic type 2 user eats healthy and takes a walk after eating dinner. After all the disease is caused (my and many others’ theory) because of the processed food everyone is eating at the moment, is making the body produce more insulin per. gram of carbohydrate that you get from a meal. This is because of the rapid raise in glycose in the suger rathen then if you eat something low glycomic where the body would need less insuline to take care of the raise in glycose in the blood.

    Another factor for my belief here, is because of how my insulin sensitivity changes when I go from being inactive other than my work, to an active guy who works out a lot in martial arts and fitness traning.

    And if you don’t take medications when being a diabetic(this counts for both type 1 and 2), and having high glycose levels in the blood, your body _will_ produce ketones and eventually it will lead to death. I my self was at a pretty lousy state when my diabetes got detected first, a few days more without medical treatment, and I would have died by the poisioning that is caused because of high clycose levels in the blood.

  • Ivan

    This can merely be taken as a breakthrough.

    My grandmother has kept her diabetes(type 1) pretty much in perfect shape, by taking a walk after she eats, aswell as never eaten processed food for the 40 years she has had the diagnosis(the closest thing is fish they process themself).

    From my experience as being a type 1 diabetic, she has way higher insulin sensitivity than me(which is because of many factors; gender, _activity_, _diet_, age ect.). Her body is much less resistant to the insulin(We use the same type of insuline, NovoRapid from Novo Nordic I think).
    This is probably because of her activity after meals, aswell as not eating anything high glycomic foods(nothing processed at all).

    I would assume that the insulin resistance will partly go away when a diabetic type 2 user eats healthy and takes a walk after eating dinner. After all the disease is caused (my and many others’ theory) because of the processed food everyone is eating at the moment, is making the body produce more insulin per. gram of carbohydrate that you get from a meal. This is because of the rapid raise in glycose in the suger rathen then if you eat something low glycomic where the body would need less insuline to take care of the raise in glycose in the blood.

    Another factor for my belief here, is because of how my insulin sensitivity changes when I go from being inactive other than my work, to an active guy who works out a lot in martial arts and fitness traning.

    And if you don’t take medications when being a diabetic(this counts for both type 1 and 2), and having high glycose levels in the blood, your body _will_ produce ketones and eventually it will lead to death. I my self was at a pretty lousy state when my diabetes got detected first, a few days more without medical treatment, and I would have died by the poisioning that is caused because of high clycose levels in the blood.

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