Back in 2011 I resolved my T2 diabetic condition by correcting my diet. Took 3 days from swinging BS levels to a ripple at the low end of the scale. A1C from 8.6 to 5.0 in 4 months. Still following the PDF available at EndDiabetesManitoba.ca. Resolved 12 health issues within a year by following an ancestrally appropriate diet. Zero exercise... just a permanent dietary correction.
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T2 diabetes can absolutely be 'reversed' - I use the term resolved instead. I corrected my diet 7 years ago and resolved my T2 diabetic condition. I continue to eat closer to a way that a human of my ancestry should. Can I become diabetic again if I return to a lousy diet? Absolutely. T2 diabetes is caused by lifestyle issues and can be resolved by lifestyle issues. Having BS test strips makes it SO easy to track how foods affect your BS levels. It took 3 days for my wildly swing blood sugar to drop to a ripple at the low end of the scale after the dietary correction.
How hard is this dietary correction? As easy, and as difficult, as permanently changing your diet back to a diet that is appropriate for humans. That means cutting out grains, loads of sugar and industrial seed oils (canola, corn). I mostly eat meat and vegetables and also enjoy an apple or pineapple here and there plus high fat plain greek yogurt with blueberries.
Your progress is remarkable! My weight loss has slowed. I am content with my size and my A1c which is currently 5.3. However, if I can lose 10 more pounds then my BMI will drop to 25 and I will no longer be considered overweight.
I lost the weight by following meal plan guidelines given to me by a diabetes dietician when I was Idischarged from the hospital. It is a carb counting platform. They told me 1 serving of carbs was 15 grams and that I should have 2-3 servings per meal. In the beginning I stayed away from all breads, starchy vegs, crackers. I ate lunchmeat rolled up with cheese and left out the bread.
I do think that some of the initial weight loss was due to my heart functioning beter. I originally went into urgent care with a cough that wouldnt go away thinking that I might have bronchitis only to find out that my lungs were ok, my heart was not beating properly. I had a pacemaker implanted and once my heart started beating better, the water that had not been being pumped out starting going.
I am controlling it with diet and exercise now,1year ago I was using insulin twice daily,doctor took me off of the insulin on may 18 this year, I lost a lot of weight and I exercise,and watch my diet.
@A DiabetesTeam Member to keep off meds and to reduce meds you have to understand what T2 is.
We are T2 because we have a difficuly processing carbs therefore our blood sugar/glucose goes high when we eat too much carbs at the same sitting/meal time.
So there are 2 ways around that.
A) Do not eat high carb foods (major carbs) anything with sugar or starch (keep off all forms of sugar.all grain products including pasta and bread, and potato and sweet potato.)
B) Spread your carb intake over the whole day to give your body time to process the carbs before you eat some more.
T2 is a progressive disease so slowing it down is the best way to reduce the damage it will do to you long term.
What most sufferers of T2 DO NOT understand is that we can all process a small amount of carbs without going high and we can do it much the same as everyone else without T2
But as T2s we have a low CARB LIMIT that we can process at any one time - so if we stay under our carb limit it all fine.
When we have reached our carb limit, a small amount of carbs will send us super high.
While we are high we are doing damage to our bodies.
As the disease progresses our carb limit will become lower.
Our diet needs to be for total wellbeing as well as controlling T2 so the Professional advisors come in 2 types
A) Old school = they recommend a "nomal diet" and pick up the slack with tablets or insulin injections
B) New school = they recommend a "modified carb diet" and if necessary pick up the slack with tablets or insulin.
I have been on both (A) for about 12 years and now (B) for 3 1/2 years. (B) got me off insulin injections and back onto tablets. Insulin has issues in getting the dosage right and when we get it wrong we can go low and pass out.
There are all types of people who want to do extreme diets and they can tell you all their reasons but one thing is worth remembering and that is;
"We do need some carbs for good brain health (looking after our brains is part of our total well being)"
You will get other advice but I think Australias CSIRO (lead govt research agency) is probably the best place to start
https://www.csiro.au/en/Research/Health/CSIRO- diets/Diabetes- diet-and-lifestyle-plan