July 31


Quick Beginner’s Guide to Type 2 Diabetes

By Gabriela

July 31, 2017

Most experts on diabetes, as well as doctors and dietitians,  claim that type II diabetes is not only chronic but also progressive.

In other words, once someone has been diagnosed, it’s here to stay for life.

But it turns out that something like this is one big lie, and many have already proven that by losing weight and getting their blood sugar levels back to normal.

This is, of course, excellent news for Americans, since over 50% of them have been diagnosed with either prediabetes or diabetes.

The first step to reversing one’s type II diabetes is to actually believe it is reversible.

Lifestyle Changes, NOT Medication

This disease is indeed reversible, but certainly not using medication. As a matter of fact, most diabetes medication makes one gain weight, as is the notorious example with insulin.

So, in simple terms, insulin, rather than helping with this disease, worsen it in the long run.

And even though most patients realize they are going down the wrong path, they feel they have no choice but to stick to the medications their doctors prescribe them.

It’s crucial to keep in mind that while prescribed medication will help with blood sugar levels, it does nothing for weight loss, which is the most important aspect.

Even drugs which are weight neutral and won’t make you gain any more pounds, such as metformin, still won’t make you lose any either. That’s up to you and your life choices.

Naturally, this is why most doctors claim that type II diabetes is progressive and chronic. They don’t see a change or an improvement in their patients after prescribing them certain drugs. Nor will they ever.

Because the biggest mistake medicine can make is to prescribe drugs to a disease which is of dietary nature. But what would be the proper way to completely reverse one’s type two diabetes? Read on.

The Sugar Bowl

As we’re sure all of you are aware, prediabetes and type II diabetes are the results of too much sugar in our system. And we don’t just mean excess sugar in the blood. We mean too much sugar in our entire bodies.

Think of it this way: our bodies are a bowl filled with sugar. During our youth that bowl is fairly empty. But as the decades progress, and we constantly consume unhealthy things such as sweets, white bread, and sugar-filled cereals, the sugar bowl slowly but surely fills up.

Eventually, it becomes too full, and the next time you take in any form of sugar, it can’t go into the bowl, so it does the next ‘best’ thing: it spills into our blood.

Insulin is a hormone our body produces when we eat. Its natural role is to allow glucose to enter our cells. But once it cannot do that anymore, glucose starts to pile up outside our cells and this is what we call insulin resistance.

This happens when our cells are so full of glucose that it is simply impossible for them to take any more. Of course, trying to force this process requires much higher levels of insulin. It is basically what can be called an overflow phenomenon.

Since one’s insulin levels will eventually fail to keep up with the resistance (which keeps on growing), your blood sugars will rise, and your doctor will diagnose you with type II diabetes.

Their next “logical” step is to prescribe you with a drug – say metformin. But here’s the thing: this drug does nothing to get rid of the overflow of sugar. Instead, all it does is force it back to your liver, which doesn’t want it either.

Your liver then forces it upon your other organs, such as your eyes, heart, nerves, and kidneys. A great deal of this excess sugar will also transform into fat.

Therefore, by taking a drug, you may think and hope that you are solving your problem, when in truth, the sugar bowl is still into ‘overflow’ mode.

What Does This Mean

The only thing metformin did was move our sugar from the blood into our body. But not being able to see it does not mean it is gone.

So, this useless cycle continues: we eat, sugar spills into our blood, we take metformin to ram it back into our body and so on.

However, the scary fact is that eventually, our body will also fill up with so much sugar that we’ll need an even bigger dose of metformin…and how long will that last?

Our doctor then ‘sees no other choice’ but to prescribe us more types of medication and, once those ‘lose their magic touch’, insulin injections as well. So, in other words, we went from prediabetes to forcing insulin into our system over the years.

See, the truth is simple: if one has to take more and more medication just to keep their blood sugar levels the same…that just means their disease is getting worse, and certainly not better.

Unfortunately, this is one story which keeps on repeating with virtually every type II diabetes patient.

Even if it seems like there is an improvement, that is only the result of the large doses of medication hiding the sugar from your blood and cramming it into your already overfilled body.

Of course, many are fooled this way, since they can only see the sugar in their blood levels.

And yet doctors are giving themselves a pat on the back, ignoring the fact that, despite the “encouraging” tests on their blood glucose levels, their patients get sicker and sicker.

Despite all the different types of medicine they take, they are still having heart attacks, kidney failures, strokes, amputations, and in some cases, blindness too. But doctors find this all unfortunate yet expected, since, after all, “it is a chronic and progressive disease”.

Why do so many fail to see that if excess sugar in one’s blood is toxic, excess sugar in one’s body is no less so?

The Tragic End Result

After 10-20 years of this, it’s no surprise that our body – there’s no pretty way to say this – rots… Blindness, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s.

It affects our entire body. This is something which only a few diseases can do since most affect only certain aspects of our health.

And, once again, it doesn’t matter what medications we take, this organ failure will not stop since they do nothing for ridding your overtaxed body from all that excess sugar accumulated over the years.

Is It Possible to Truly Reverse Diabetes?

Once we’ve come to understand how diabetes really works, it should be a no-brainer what the solution is. If you happen to have too much sugar – burn it off.

As we previously stated, simply hiding it does not mean it’s gone. Not being able to see it does not fix the problem at all.

There are only two proper ways to getting rid of sugar:

  1. Don’t consume any more of it
  2. Burn off the sugar you’ve already consumed

We know it can be hard to believe, but these two steps are really all one needs to do to reverse this horrid disease.

And the great news is that this means no surgery and no expensive medication.

Step One

Start off by eliminating any sugars or refined starches from the diet. We won’t be losing anything since they have no nutritional value for our diet whatsoever.

After all, isn’t it only logical to avoid the foods which increase one’s blood sugar? Our ideal strategy is to completely avoid refined starches (this is the better option) or eat very little amounts.

Additionally, the excess protein will also have a negative effect on our blood sugar levels. So try and limit the protein intake as well. The best bet is to consume as many healthy fats and vegetables as you can.

Ideal examples of natural fats are olive oil, nuts, and avocados. They have all been proven to have a positive effect on both diabetes and any heart diseases.

A great example of a healthy diet is the Mediterranean one, as it is abundant in healthy, natural fats. Furthermore, consuming unprocessed, whole foods should be the number one priority on our agenda.

Step Two

What is the most simple and fastest way to burn off the excess sugar we’ve accumulated? Fasting, of course. This method is the most efficient for switching our body’s ‘burn sugar for energy’ mode.

Now, keep in mind: by no means does ‘fasting’ means ‘starving’. Simply lengthen our periods of non-eating between meals.

And while it may not sound like a good idea to some, fasting is the oldest dietary therapy in the world. Our ancestors have practiced it for over 2000 years.

Millions have tried it without it negatively affecting their health. If we are taking any prescribed medication, we should consult with our doctor first.

But the bottom line is clear: prediabetes and type II diabetes could be reversible for some people. One simply needs to start their path to self-healing and making better choices for the future.

Stay healthy, dear readers.

Source: Intensive Dietary Management | NCBI


  • Gabriela

    Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Health Page, Fitness trainer and instructor has dedicated her career to educating and informing people for over 10 years. As one of the most passionate diabetes advocates, Gabi has worked tirelessly to ensure that those people receive the education and support they need to properly manage their diabetes and achieve their health, fitness and weight loss goals.

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