Can Diabetes Be Cured?

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Welcome to Diabetes Prevention Thursdays! Today, let’s talk about diabetes and see if it can be cured. The first thought that may pop into your head when being diagnosed with diabetes is what you can do to cure it, as you would with any other disease. While it may be a bit disappointing to hear, there isn’’t currently a cure for diabetes.

 

Once you have it, you have it. However, the effects of diabetes can be mitigated and it can even go into remission. This makes living with diabetes much more manageable, and much easier on your mental health. But you must remember this… as you can reverse diabetes, it can always come back if you slip back into an unhealthy lifestyle.

 

In order to curb the effects of diabetes, you’’ll need to keep your blood sugar levels under control and at a normal level. Consult your doctor to find out what your normal blood sugar levels should be, and monitor those levels closely to figure out what changes you need to make to keep a normal level.

 

One strategy that you can use to help you is planning out each one of your meals in advance, making sure they’’re healthy for you and are okay for you to eat. This will help you avoid accidental snacking on foods that aren’’t diabetes friendly, and could potentially cause issues for you.

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For type 2 diabetics, one thing that can help you a lot is exercise. By keeping your body healthy, your blood sugar levels will be kept at more normal levels. Anything from lifting weights to jogging can help, as long as you’re doing something to keep your system active.

 

Another option for type 2 diabetics is weight loss surgery. It’s been shown that many type 2 diabetics who undergo this surgery have their blood sugar levels return either to normal or close to normal.

 

However, if you regain the weight that you lost, your sugar levels may return. One of the most important things for all diabetics is ensuring that you have a good, consistent, and healthy sleep schedule.

 

Scientific studies have shown that those who don’’t get a lot of sleep experience symptoms very similar to those of diabetics, with high blood sugar levels, while those who get normal amounts of sleep don’’t.

 

If you’’re already diabetic, a poor sleep schedule will only make things worse. Most importantly, be sure to keep in regular touch with your diabetes educator and doctor. They’’re there to help you, and can find ways to make the negative effects of diabetes lessened for you.

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I wanted to talk about this topic because it is absolutely possible to prevent and even reverse Type 2 Diabetes (but you cannot reverse Type 1).  Yes, it’s possible! and emerging studies looking at lifestyle medicine and prevention support this! But I always tell my patients that you must be dedicated and diligent in adopting a healthy lifestyle to get the best results. You can create certain behaviors and practices that will not only enrich your life, but that you can pass on to your family, friends, and community, to help break the cycle of this chronic disease so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.

 

I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you improve your blood sugar levels, maybe reverse type 2 diabetes. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.

 

Tools For Diabetes Prevention and Monitoring

Blood Sugar Monitoring

As you know, I always stress the importance of taking control of your health. Monitoring your blood sugar levels is one of the best ways to do this. To do this, a single drop of blood is collected with disposable lancets and placed on a disposable test strip, which you insert into a home blood-sugar monitoring device, called a glucometer.

 

The common times for checking your blood sugar are when you first wake up (fasting), before a meal, 2 hours after a meal, and at bedtime; however, you should check your blood sugar as many times a day as your health care team suggests.

 

Monitoring your blood sugar level provides you and your doctors with important knowledge about how food, activity, medication, stress, and other elements might affect your blood sugar levels. This data will assist you and your doctor in developing a therapy plan that is suited to your demands.

 

There are several types of blood glucose meters, lancets, and test strips to choose from. I often recommend this glucometer, lancets, and test strips.

 

Weight Monitoring

Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases such as diabetes, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).

 

Physical Activity

Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity actually improves insulin sensitivity. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.

 

I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.

 

Yoga

Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.

 

Resistance Training

Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Here are some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.

 

Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.

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Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet and regular physical activity are the best ways to prevent diabetes. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

 

Stay healthy,

 

Dr. Nicolle

 

PS. I am always asked what tools and resources I recommend to help you reach YOUR health goals. Here is the ever-growing, always updated list for you.

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