Those diagnosed with Type II diabetes, who are keeping blood sugar levels within normal range, should not be deceived. Whether your results were achieved by medication, diet, and exercise or a combination of both, you are not yet out of the woods.
There are lesser known facts regarding Type II diabetes that often do not come to light except through trial and error. Obtaining and maintaining this information will give you a more balanced approach toward your expectations.
I have several cousins who are diabetics. They take their medication and or insulin injections faithfully. They have not, however, changed their diet. They have voiced their belief that the medication and/or insulin alone is the answer. This is not true, and it can be dangerous.
My husband was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in May 2012. He had to take insulin injections and the medication metformin. He changed his diet to include more whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. He stopped drinking soda and other sugar-filled drinks. He uses sugar substitute and on rare occasions a little raw sugar.
For the past 90 days, my husband has maintained proper blood sugar levels by diet and exercise alone. I do not recommend this for anyone without their doctor’s knowledge, if not their approval. My husband is pre-dispositioned for Type II diabetes, because his mother was diagnosed as diabetic.
Many individuals have given testimonies of curing Type II diabetes with diet and exercise. The Internet is filled with articles making the same claim. The staff at the Mayo Clinic indicate that diabetes is never cured, just under control. The Diabetes Center at the University of California indicates that Type II diabetics must continue with whatever regimen is working to control the disease. If not, blood sugar levels will rise.
My husband lost 20 pounds during the weeks before he was diagnosed. His doctor said his body was no longer converting his food properly. And he was essentially starving to death. This was a blessing in disguise. The weight loss means he now does not need to lose weight as part of his regimen.
Losing extra weight, eating a healthy diet, and increasing physical activity are the first issues to tackle regarding diabetes. These will lower blood sugar levels, cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood triglycerides, plus decreased insulin rejection. This will lower the chance that additional medication for blood pressure and or cholesterol will be added.
If, like my husband, you have a pre-disposition for Type II diabetes and you have successfully controlled it with diet, exercise, insulin, and/or medication, please continue your regimen. And keep a close watch on your results.
Do not make the mistake of thinking you are cured. Remember, hereditary diabetes does not go away, but is controlled. If you begin eating fatty foods and decrease exercise, your blood sugar levels will once more go up. Consider what happened to the following three diabetics:
A young diabetic (age 27), the grandson of a family friend, said he was tired of medication, insulin, and watching what he ate. He stopped his medication and ate whatever he chose. He was found dead in his apartment.
Another diabetic, in his 50s, who went to school with my brother-in-law, did not follow doctors orders. He now has had both legs amputated.
The wife of a local pastor, in her 40s, went to the emergency room because she not was able to maintain her insulin injections.. By the time they administered insulin, it was too late. She is now legally blind. In each of these cases, the final outcome was most likely preventable. A 26-year-old male, the step-son of a family friend, was not doing all he could to manage diabetes. His leg was amputated and recently he died. This is sad.
Type II diabetes does not have to lead to amputation, blindness, or death. If the right precautions are taken early, it can even be avoided. My daughter is armed with family history regarding health issues. She recently lost 80 pounds and her doctor discontinued two blood pressure medications.
She is determined to not become diabetic like dad and grandma. And she also desires to share many more Father’s Days with her father. She even has her children off to a good start at preventing Type II diabetes and other health issues. All three of them love vegetables and fruits.