Diabetes is a chronic disease in which there is high level of blood sugar. The high blood sugar is a result of carbohydrate digestion and the body cannot move the excessive sugar into the body for conversion into energy.

Insulin is required in this process. But in diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body cells are insensitive to insulin or both.

There are 3 major types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 – Normally due to genetic factor and occur at young age where the body makes little or no insulin
  • Type 2 – Normally occurs at adulthood where the body is insensitive to insulin
  • Gestational – develops at any time during pregnancy.

Diabetic symptoms included fatigue, hunger, weight gain, excess thirst, and blurry vision.

Type 2 diabetes develop as a result of lifestyle with the following risk factors:

Various types of medications can help to manage the diabetes. Drugs are needed to stimulate insulin production or reduce blood sugar. While medication is necessary, a change to healthy lifestyle is critical in order to control and possibly reverse type 2 diabetes.

How do you control and reverse type 2 diabetes naturally?

1) Healthy diet with tight sugar control

Eat low glycemic index foods that are slower to digest and does not cause increase in blood sugar. Reduce or cut all refined carbohydrates and process food as they low in nutrition and high in sugar, calories and contain additives.

Eat 7 portions of fruits and vegetables a day and drink plenty of water. Go for lean protein and good fats from nuts, seeds, fish and olive oil.

2) Exercise

Increase your physical activities to reduce blood sugar level and burn fats. Simply walking briskly for 30 minutes a day everyday is sufficient to improve your heart and helps your brain. Exercise regularly can also help to burn fat and manage your weight.

3) Cut alcohol and quit smoking

Alcohol cause blood sugar level to rise as wine and beer contain sugar.  It also increases triglyceride and blood pressure and interferes with the positive effect of diabetic medication.

Smoking makes managing diabetes even more difficult. It increases the risk of other complications such as eye disease (retinopathy), heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and nerve damages.

The bad news about diabetes is that complacency can lead to serious complications such as kidney failures, gangrene of fee leading to limb amputation. However, if you diligently manage diabetes with the above suggestions, such complication can be averted.

Mr. Kim Joo Swan, former factory worker, used to down four cans of carbonated drinks every day and would eat “all the time” and was overweight, weighing more than 110 kg. Even after he was diagnosed with diabetes two decades ago, he continued with his lifestyle. Until a cut in his right toe that turned gangrene and his badly infected right leg had to be amputated below the knee.

He was more careful about what he ate after that and took his medication, but his effort was too late. Two years later, he lost his other leg. Not managing his diabetes well had also left him with kidney failure, which requires him to go for dialysis three times a week.

I hope this real life story serve as a warning to those who still take the disease lightly and don’t take any steps to change into healthier lifestyle. Take control and reverse it naturally.

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