Newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes: what you should know and do

To be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is a challenge but also an opportunity for positive lifestyle changes


 

So many are diagnosed with Diabetes type II today. And many are asking: can diabetes be cured? What causes diabetes? It is shocking and scary when you are diagnosed. The first thing to know is that you are not alone. The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has risen from 1.5 million in 1958 to 18.8 million in 2010.

This is an increase of epidemic proportions (CDC). No matter how many people are being diagnosed it is devastating when it happens to us or a loved one. We feel we are no longer healthy and we don’t know where to start. People feel lost and sometimes in denial for while before they take action. Knowledge is the starting point. We must take charge and know that there is help in support groups, clinics and reputable physicians; there are things you can do.

knowledge about diabetes is where you start. Here is where ignorance is not bliss. You must know everything about diabetes in order to control it, and even reverse it in some cases.  Diabetes is not a disease caused by a single factor. Diabetes is a metabolic syndrome type disease which means it is associated with many other health problems.

With diabetes you can no longer be unaware of your body, lifestyle, and the foods you consume. It is time to take charge. Now you are confronted with a health condition you know little about. There are many treatments, drugs and a variety of ways to go about. You must be an active participants in your diabetes treatment, if we are to control it rather than letting it control us. First we need to stop, take a deep breath and accept the fact we have a problem which needs to be addressed.

Whether diabetes is being caused by your lifestyle or a genetic inheritance you are still confronted with a problem; your bodies is not controlling blood sugar as it should. For starters you need to know what is blood sugar is and how it works. The problem with having high blood sugar is that we don’t feel like it is a problem.

When we have hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) it’s not so obvious. We can go a long time with sugars that are way above normal and feel just fine. On the other hand with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) we are well aware that there is a problem, you feel rotten and can’t barely move, or even think. After drinking some juice you get our senses back and feel OK. Glucose is pure usable energy.

Glucose It’s what fuels our lives. Every cell in the body need glucose to live. The brain’s primary source of fuel is glucose. Other organs have multiple fuel sources. Glucose is such strong fuel it can cause damage if stays in our blood without being consumed by our cells. With a diagnosis of DM II we no longer have our glucose regulating mechanism working properly so we have to take control of our sugars. To empower ourselves we have to see diabetes as an opportunity to learn more about our bodies and our general state of being. We also have to be aware of the dangers diabetes pose if not brought under control.

Controlling our sugars is just the beginning. We also need to investigate the associations of diabetes and other disease processes and complications. Diabetes does not occur by itself and is usually associated with conditions such as obesity, sedentary living, smoking, over-consumption of sugar and simple carbohydrates. These problems must be addressed quickly. The longer you let diabetes take hold, the harder it is to revert it. The problem is that there are many people walking around with diabetes for years without knowing. If your diabetes has a strong genetic link, this can also complicate things. If you are obese you must try to reverse obesity. If you live a sedentary life it’s time to go to the gym and start lifting weights or running if you can’t lift (more on that later).

You might not be able to exercise but you must try. If you have a diet rich in simple carbohydrates such as breads, pasta and sweets it’s time to change all of that. I know patients that have changed their diabetes status in 2 weeks after making changes in their diet alone! You need to know your family health history to see how others have treated diabetes and how they were affected. If your A1C test is 6.5% or 7% you might have a greater chance to revert your diabetes diagnosis by simply making some diet changes and starting vigorous  exercise. If your diabetes runs in family you might have to work harder. Diabetes has a strong DNA imprint, in other words it passes from mother to child. Many babies are now being born with diabetes and they didn’t even had the chance of having poor lifestyles, this trend is increasing. Can we cure diabetes?

We cannot cure diabetes because we don’t “get” diabetes. Can you be free from diabetes? Once you develop diabetes you most likely will have to treat it for the rest of your life. Reversing diabetes means you have a permanent control of the condition. Can diabetes be fully reversed in some cases? The answer is  YES but it depends on many factors such as, how diligent you are, your genetic predisposition and if the condition have significantly progressed. You’ll need to be a active participant, you’ll need to be a learner. Doctors and support groups can help but because diabetes is linked to lifestyle changes only one person can make permanent changes; that would be you.

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  • drjocelyn Jun 8, 2015, 5:31 pm

    Contrary to what most doctors think, I believe diabetes can be reversed – meaning, it can be cured. Diabetes mellitus 2 is a lifestyle disease, therefore to reverse the course of this health problem, one must change his or her lifestyle too (permanently, for good).

    I have seen so many of my patients say “hello and goodbye” to diabetes in less than a year, and most of them are now medication-free (which means they are indeed diabetes-free!) We still check their lab tests from time to time but their lab results always come back normal 🙂

    • DiabetesReviewer Jun 8, 2015, 8:10 pm

      Yes I agree with you. Diabetes can be reversed, specially if one doesn’t let things get out of hand. The problem is that many check for high blood sugar, and they have been high for years. I’m happy you are having success with your patients. What is your treatment? I’ve like to work in creating a directory of alternative treatments, clinics and doctors that have had success with low carb diets and other natural alternatives. But my project for now is to review a list of anti diabetic herbs. Thank you for your comments

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