Does Diabetes Run in Your Family?
No one wants diabetes. If your mother, father, or close family member suffers from Type 2 diabetes, does that mean that you are fated to get that dreadful disease as well? Since Type 2 diabetes has so many significant side effects ranging from kidney issues, loss of eyesight, amputations, and nerve pain, no one wants to inherit this terrible set of complications.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
In Type 2 diabetes, your body makes insulin but it doesn’t use it properly. Insulin is produced, but your body is unable to use it in a way that keeps your blood sugar levels normal. Your body “resists” the insulin, a condition known as insulin resistance. The insulin you produce is unable to “do the job” of normalizing your blood sugar levels.
Symptoms of Diabetes
People can frequently have diabetes and yet be unaware that they have it. Untreated diabetes can cause significant body damage. Recognizing the symptoms and getting prompt treatment is critical to maintaining health. People with diabetes often have increased thirst, hunger, and yet may even lose weight. As the disease progresses, people might experience blurred vision, frequent infections, slow-healing of sores, and fatigue. The sooner these symptoms are recognized and the sooner the disease is diagnosed, the better the chance for reducing complications that are so frequent with this disease.
Can You Avoid Diabetes Even When it Runs in Your Family?
The good news is that you do not have to get diabetes just because a close family member has diabetes. Unlike Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes is primarily influenced by environmental and lifestyle factors. Type 2 diabetes is strongly influenced by the food we eat, by whether we exercise, by our exposure to toxins, by our ability to handle stress, and by our gut biome. We have control over all of those factors. By changing how we live our life, we can change our propensity to develop Type 2 diabetes.
Can You Reverse Diabetes?
Diabetes is primarily a hormonal disease of carbohydrate metabolism. If you have Type 2 Diabetes, it is not too late to reverse that condition. If you change what you eat, you can change your body and reverse this disease in the vast majority of cases. By making specific changes in food choices and changing certain lifestyle habits, your diabetes can be controlled and even reversed.
What Steps can you Take to Reverse Your Type 2 Diabetes?
- Eliminate all sugars and grains. This is not only sugar that is labeled as sugar. It is all foods that turn to sugar in the body. When you eat bread, your body is getting sugar. Bread raises your blood sugar just as sugar raises your blood sugar. You need to eliminates all foods that turn to sugar in the body. This is essential to halt the constant infusion of insulin into your body from the constant digestion of sugar containing foods.
- Begin a regular exercise program. Exercise and use of your big muscles is a strong way of lowering your insulin. Exercising immediately after a meal can drop your blood sugar significantly.
- Beware of fructose and limit your consumption of fruit. Fruit can raise blood sugars and raise insulin. Stick to low sugar fruits such as berries and eat them in limited quantities. Dietitians frequently talk of “fruits and vegetables” as if they are the same food group. They aren’t. Fruits behave quite differently in the body that do vegetables. Eat plenty of non-starchy vegetables but limit your consumption of fruits. Sweet fruits will produce surges in your blood sugar and will prevent a normalization of blood sugars.
- Eat plenty of healthy fats. Coconut oil, avocados, salmon with plenty of omega-3 fats, and butter from grass-fed cows are all excellent sources of good fats. Good fats will keep you full and eliminate the need for constant sugary snacks.
- Learn to control stress. Develop a stress reduction strategy that can include deep breathing, meditation or even long walks. Managing your stress is critical for managing your blood sugars.
- Monitor your blood sugars. Get a blood glucose testing device and use it regularly. Learn how to eat in a way that doesn’t raise your blood sugar. Test before eating and 60 minutes after eating. Aim for “no change” or minimal change before and after eating. If you learn how to eat without raising your blood sugar, you will be well on your way to reversing your Type 2 diabetes.
- Consider healthy supplements – Vitamin D3, fish oil, and magnesium have all been shown to be helpful in regulating your metabolism and blood sugars.
Talk to your doctor. If you go to a functional medicine physician, discuss the “root cause” of Type 2 diabetes. If you now have Type 2 Diabetes, put together a strategy for reversing that condition. You might need medication on a temporary basis, but work with your physician to reverse that diabetes permanently. Learn your numbers. Take action. A life of good health is worth any change in lifestyle that is required.