How Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Reversed: A Simple (But Complete) Guide
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- Here’s What Really Matters: Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Prevented
- How To Avoid High Prediabetes A1c Levels
- Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible Without Medication? So Why Should You Care?
- Back To Basics: What Organ Does Diabetes Affect?
- How To Get Ahead With Exercise And Diabetes
- Quick Tips on Having Diabetes And Fasting
I recently had a type 2 diabetic life insurance applicant who assured me he would be declined. Since I frequently come across this concern with diabetic applicants, I thought it would be helpful to do some research on how they can reverse this diagnosis.
In this article, we provide immediately actionable information that will have a substantially positive impact on anyone who has type 2 diabetes.B
Here's What Really Matters: Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Prevented
To begin with diabetes is chronic, not acute. Chronic – meaning developing over time. Acute – meaning sudden and serious.
The foundation of this idea is based on minimizing carbohydrate intake to combat a root cause of type 2 diabetes which is based on the idea that it begins with inundating our body with too many carbohydrates.
The theory is that focusing on calculating calories in versus calories out is not enough. This means that type 2 diabetes can be considered a dietary disease.
This is where it gets tricky.
Many people feel like it’s normal to develop diabetes. It seems like something that most people eventually get anyway and that it never goes away.
Should we accept our futures as guaranteed to rely on prescription medications for the rest of our lives?
Just to confirm that you’re right, eating too much sugar makes our body secrete too much insulin. In our blood , sugar is flowing through our body in the form of glucose.
So insulin, which is supposed to move sugar into our cells goes up to move more sugar into our cells. The problem is our cells can’t take anymore because they are already full.
Then the doctor says our blood sugar is too high.
How To Avoid High Prediabetes A1c Levels
In general an A1c level between 5.7 and 6.4 is considered prediabetic. If you test 6.5 or higher on two separate tests than you will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
There aren’t really any common symptoms that let you know if you are prediabetic. However, if you are prediabetic and you become a diabetic you may notice the following symptoms:
- Increased thirst
- Increase in the frequency of urination
- Unexplained excess hunger
- Unusually fatigued
- Blurred vision
As we age, the risk of diabetes naturally goes higher. also , increasing our body weight increases the risk of diabetes.
Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible Without Medication? So Why Should You Care?
Non-profit medical associations will publish widely circulated studies that are touted as cutting edge research. What is perpetually confusing is the fact that these medical associations are funded by pharmaceutical companies.
Is it illogical to think that this is why medications take priority as treatment recommended by medical professionals over diets? Maybe dieting would eliminate the need for medications and have a substantial impact on reducing profits for these companies who sell the medications.
One of the many paradoxical ideas about treating diabetes is that one of the medications – insulin- is known to have a side effect of weight gain. It’s especially confusing because one of the most common treatments for diabetes is to promote weight loss.
Metformin is probably the most common drug of choice by doctors to prescribe diabetic patients. Metformin lowers blood glucose in the blood. The problem is it doesn’t get rid of the glucose it just ends up causing the blood to shift all the glucose to other parts of the body .
This causes other conditions to develop in other parts of your body. Suddenly, you have to take more prescriptions for other issues.
Meanwhile, you still have diabetes and over time it can only have gotten worse. So medication is not going to get rid of diabetes
Back To Basics: What Organ Does Diabetes Affect?
Diabetes becomes an issue with every part of the body, the nervous system can become damaged from glucose which leads to neuropathy. Now it’s difficult to see and blindness is a risk.
Or, many men can suffer from erectile dysfunction. This leads to a tremendous amount of stress on their mental health and the health of their love lives.
Eventually muscles and tissue start to rot. Now amputation is necessary for a diabetic to stay alive because rotting tissue is toxic to the rest of the body.
The lungs are going to have issues functioning because of high glucose levels. This means catching the flu can be fatal to a diabetic .
Glucose causes the blood vessels to lose elasticity. Now the heart is having a tougher time pumping blood.
It’s very common for diabetics to develop hypertension. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among diabetics.
How To Get Ahead With Exercise And Diabetes
Since excess glucose is the major catalyst for developing type 2 diabetes, what can we do to get rid of it? Burn it off with aerobic exercise !
Just getting your heart rate up enough to break a sweat is enough during a daily routine to help reverse diabetes. We don’t have to jog miles uphill to get rid of excess glucose.
Quick Tips On Having Diabetes And Fasting
I have had type 2 diabetics tell me they tried it and it didn’t work. I have seen type 2 diabetics reverse their condition and drop weight.
So first off, what is intermittent fasting? It’s when you don’t eat in the evening before you go to bed. Instead you restrict eating to an 8 hour period during the day. That’s it. Simple. You don’t eat for 16 hours. It’s not about what you eat . It’s about when you eat.
The major risk in fasting for diabetics is having blood sugar that’s too low. Hypoglycemia is a very severe condition that should be avoided. The plan is to increase the frequency of your blood sugar testing to manage intermittent fasting successfully. This includes:
- Feeling shaky
- Being nervous or anxious
- Sweating, chills and clamminess
- Irritability or impatience
- Fast heartbeat
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- Color draining from the skin (pallor)
- Feeling Sleepy
- Feeling weak or having no energy
- Blurred/impaired vision
- Tingling or numbness in the lips, tongue, or cheeks
- Coordination problems, clumsiness
- Nightmares or crying out during sleep
If you are feeling any of these symptoms remember the 15-15 rule. This means eat 15 grams of carbohydrates, wait 15 minutes, and then test your blood sugar.
If necessary repeat these steps until your blood sugar level is up to normal levels. Avoid eating too much too fast. You don’t want your blood sugar to spike too high too fast.
Maybe you believe this won’t work for you or someone you know. Or maybe you feel like you tried this already and it didn’t help.
My goal is share some research I was inspired to do based on a type 2 diabetic applicant I worked with who was approved for life insurance. He practiced intermittent fasting to lower his A1c levels for the medical exam required to get life insurance.
We will never know for sure if he would have been declined without intermittent fasting. The thing is, he told me he thinks that he was approved because he lost over 50 pounds from intermittent fasting and exercise – his doctor took him off metformin since his A1c levels are normal now.
Does that seem to you like he potentially reversed type 2 diabetes to a normal state of health?
About the author
Victor Vega has over a decade of experience in working with individuals regarding their personal finances after starting in 2007 at Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor. I started Garden Mutual in 2020 so that you could have access to a life insurance agent that puts your interests first! As an independent agent, I work with over 10 carriers. This means that my loyalty is to my customer and not any one particular insurance company . Let me provide you with objective information that you can use to pick the best life insurance policy for yourself today. We are always looking to improve ourselves for your benefit!
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