5 Steps to Reverse Diabetes

The 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report states that more than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. That’s equivalent to almost 10% of U.S. population! Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of mortality rate in the U.S. alone, with over 250,000 deaths in 2015.

We’ve got some good news for you. Did you know that it is possible to prevent or reverse diabetes so that you can lead a more normal life? Whether you are prediabetic or currently grappling with it, you now have the option to take steps to reverse diabetes and its epidemic. Here’s how:

  1. Holistic Long-Term Approach

One of the main reasons for an increased incidence of acquiring diabetes is an inactive lifestyle.  A holistic, long-term approach combined with a modified diet and physical activity could help prevent or reverse this condition. In fact, a study found that test subjects who acquired type II diabetes underwent intensive lifestyle-based weight loss intervention or ILI had the higher chance of making partial diabetes remission as compared to test subjects who just got diabetes education thrice a year. The individuals who underwent ILI programs made the following changes:

  • Increased physical activity
  • Reduced total fat intake in general
  • Cut the calorie intake for up to 1800 kcal per day
  1. Glucose Control Diet

Finding a suitable diet is the key to a better glucose control in persons with diabetes and prediabetes. To avoid blood sugar level fluctuations, keep lipid levels in the right condition and to lose weight, you can try to follow these dietary approaches:

  • A Kapha-Balancing Ayurvedic Diet

Studies showed that the Ayurvedic principle helps improve the major symptoms of diabetes. People who use this approach has shown an incredible result in their diet and lifestyle modification. Examples of foods that contain Kapha-balancing Ayurvedic diet includes barley, bitter gourd, green gram, pointed gourd and cooked vegetables. Aside from these foods, you can also try to incorporate the following into your daily diet:

  • Bitter melon
  • Hot ginger tea
  • Foods rich in protein
  • Millet, corn or rye
  1. Diabetes Superfoods

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests foods that help for a better glycemic control. These superfoods include the following:

  • Citrus
  • Beans
  • Berries
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Fatty fish
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Whole grains
  1. Low Fat Vegan Diet

Did you know that cardiovascular problems are one of the leading causes of mortality among people with diabetes? Studies show that a low-fat vegan diet is beneficial to those who have cardiovascular problems as well as those who have higher lipid and glycemic control. To go for a low-vegan diet, here are simple rules to follow:

  • Cut any form of poultry, meat, fish, and dairy
  • Consume protein from plant-based and non-dairy sources such as nuts, beans, tofu, and seeds
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates and those that can raise triglyceride levels like foods rich in white flour or even processed foods
  • Fiber-rich foods and low-glycemic index foods such as legumes, fresh vegetables, fruits, and beans. These can also help improved lipid control.
  1. Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic medicine is the use of small amounts of natural substances like minerals and plants to help stimulate the healing process of the body. This type of remedy is especially recommended for people who have type II diabetes and is also found to be very useful for treating particular problems a diabetic person has to deal with. Here are some of the specific problems and its homeopathic remedy:

  • Plumbum (lead) – helps lessen numbness and hypersensitivity
  • Calendula (marigold) – for infected ulcers. Can be applied as a lotion or taken internally
  • Hemlock or conium – helps lessen numbness due to nerve damage
  • Sulfur, lycopodium or muriaticum (salt) – helps improve renal function and any severe kidney damage

Have you already implemented lifestyle or food modifications to reverse diabetes? Share your story with us. Write your comments below.

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