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  • Can Type 2 (Adult-Onset) Diabetes Be Reversed?

    The idea of completely reversing diabetes has been questioned time and time again. In order to determine the answer to this question, you must take into account a few factors, such as what type of diabetes are you dealing with and whether or not your body is producing insulin. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 or sometimes called juvenile-onset diabetes is rare and usually diagnosed in children and young adults, though it can develop at any age. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin.

    Insulin is a hormone that helps your body’s cells use sugar, or glucose, as fuel for their functions. If you do not have insulin, you may develop hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), which can cause long-term complications if the blood sugar levels stay elevated for long periods of time. Type 1 diabetes cannot be reversed and people with this type of diabetes need life-long insulin therapy. However, keeping a healthy diet and regular exercise can reduce the amount of insulin needed to maintain a normal blood sugar level.

    Type 2 or adult-onset diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the body produces insulin but the body is resistant to its effect, therefore making it hard to maintain a normal blood sugar level. Often a medication called metformin is prescribed to help restore the body’s proper response to insulin. Other medications may also be added to help reduce the amount of blood sugar in the body.

    Insulin resistance is caused by a diet high in fructose, being overweight, and lack of physical activity. If you make improvements on your diet and you lose a significant amount of weight, you can reverse insulin resistance and make your body sensitive to insulin again, even without medications. By reversing insulin resistance, you also reverse type 2 diabetes.

    Typically, doctors refer to “diabetes reversal” when you are able to go off your medication while engaging in a healthy lifestyle program. Obviously, when you are not taking medication for diabetes and your blood sugar is under control, you do not have diabetes or you have reversed diabetes. But the important message here is that you have to keep a healthy lifestyle program. If you fall off the wagon and start eating the wrong stuff again and stop exercising, you will end up with diabetes yet again.

    So, to answer the question ‘Can type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes be reversed?’, the answer is YES. Can it be reversed with diet and exercise? Absolutely YES. Watch the video and learn about the case of a 63 y/o Caucasian male who reversed his type 2 diabetes in 90 days after joining our program. This case report was presented at the World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease on November 19–21, 2015 at Universal City, CA.

    Infographic on Type 2 Diabetes