It's amazing how many diabetics I talk to these days. Almost all of them are type-2 diabetics, which means lifestyle choices (poor diet and lack of exercise) probably caused their condition. Right now, there's a debate over what kind of diet is best for reversing the disease.
Most everyone agrees that sugar needs to be limited. And, as you may know, diabetics need to carefully manage carbs. But the current debate is over fat and meat. Should you include them in your diet or not?
Most studies now show that limiting fat is a good idea. But conventional diabetes treatment calls for a high protein (largely from meat) diet. However, many feel that you have to eliminate meat altogether. A good, healthy vegetarian diet will definitely lower high blood sugar. But far too many vegetarians simply don't get enough protein. And most people aren't willing to give up meat. So what's the best solution?
One groundbreaking study might solve the issue. It shows you can reverse diabetes in as few as three weeks with a low-fat, low-carb diet. The participants did eat meat and still saw fantastic results.
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The UCLA study focused on 31 overweight men with type-2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome (which is also known as pre-diabetes, a very common condition). The researchers drastically restricted the fat and sugar of the participants. The diet they gave the participants was largely plant based, but they did allow meat. They also had the men walk on a treadmill for 45-60 minutes each day.
Amazingly, the diet and exercise not only lowered glucose, cholesterol, and blood lipids, they also helped heal the blood vessels damaged by the diabetic condition. That means the lifestyle changes reversed the diabetes and the effects of diabetes.
This suggests that type-2 diabetics don't need insulin to solve their problem (after all, insulin won't reverse blood vessel damage).
And they don't have to avoid meat. Simply limiting fat and sugar consumption - and getting plenty of exercise - is enough to reverse the condition.
The author of the study agrees. Christian Roberts told the New Scientist
, "The effect can be very dramatic given that, of the vast majority of people who go through the program, at least 50% are no longer clinically defined as diabetic after three weeks, which suggests this disease is reversible." He continues, "The study shows, contrary to common belief, that type-2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome can be reversed solely through lifestyle changes."
Most doctors in alternative medicine have known for years that you can reverse type-2 diabetes. But conventional medicine is just now seeing the light. If you have type-2 diabetes, don't think you have to "just live with it." Many of you can actually reverse the condition. There are cases where the vascular damage is so advanced that it's irreversible. But even in these cases, you can greatly improve your health. It might even get you off your oral diabetic medicine or insulin. Just check your blood sugar. As you notice improved blood sugar control, ask your doctor to help guide you in decreasing your dosages.
Of course, diet and exercise are the key. But you can take additional steps to help your body manage your blood sugar more effectively. In fact, there are nutrients that actually repair your body's blood sugar regulation mechanism. These nutrients include chromium, Gymenema (which reduces insulin resistance and slows down the absorption of sugars), fenugreek seeds, holy basil, cinnamon, American ginseng, and Ophiopogon (which regenerates cells in the pancreas). Fortunately, you can find all of these in Metabolic Defense. This is the only formula I know of that can repair the body's blood-sugar-regulation mechanisms. That means it might help those diabetics with severe damage reverse their condition as well.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.