Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Food has become somewhat unpredictable. With loose guidelines handed down from My Plate and conflicting philosophies on what’s good, bad, or indifferent, there has been a lot of confusion. 

In the meantime, we’ve seen complications on the rise at an alarming rate that correlates to something a little more than mere population increase. Unlike ADHD and other sensitive conditions, Diabetes isn’t something one can easily crop up to misdiagnosis. Fortunately, it is something we can take action on.

Do a general search on type 2 diabetes and you’ll discover a consistent consensus on the fact that as type 2 becomes more common, so does obesity, in children and adults alike. This correlation has lead researchers to justify some scientific procedures which have in fact proved collusion between the two outcomes. 

While this is concerning, there is some great news here! Unlike so many other disorders, type 2 can be reversed. One of the best ways to do this is to reverse obesity. “Losing just 5% to 7% of your weight is associated with lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar, and reduced insulin resistance.” Source

This is all good and fine, but we’ve come back full circle to the idea of how. Which philosophy is the one that helps you shed the excess pounds? Diabetes does indeed make things more complicated. It’s not quite so easy as “go gluten-free” like you may hear from well-meaning individuals.

One of the most effective protocols for quick results of fat-loss (notice we didn’t say ‘weight’ loss?) is a low-carb diet, or otherwise known as a keto diet. It’s a safe way to feel awesome and lose extra fat and many people with type 2 diabetes have been able to reduce or eliminate insulin altogether by following the keto lifestyle. 

Keto, or low-carb, is simply a regimen that restricts carb intake while naturally increasing a healthy fat and protein intake. Check out our blogs on the low-carb approach here and here and let us know how keto works for you! And as always, please check with your healthcare professional before making any diet change, especially with complications such as diabetes. Talk with your doctor about the best approach to transition to a low-carb lifestyle and make sure to track the journey. Tracking your success is not only helpful in keeping on point, but encouraging as well!

As a last note, we like to remind our readers every once in a while to keep a food log. That’s simply writing down what you eat throughout the day so that you can look back on your meals and know what you should or should not eat as the day goes along. This is especially helpful with a diet that you can put numbers to, like the low-carb, that way you keep track of your carbs so you don’t go over the allotted amount. Take it slow and enjoy the process!

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