If you have been diagnosed as "diabetic" you have an opportunity to reverse the situation right now. Pre-diabetes is a condition where you have reduced insulin sensitivity but haven't yet been diagnosed with full-blown adult onset type 2 diabetes. In most cases, reversing diabetes involves changing the direction your body is headed in and return to a healthy metabolic state simply by making new choices in your foods, regularly doing some sort of physical exercise and using nutritional supplementation. Never forget, diabetes is a disease that is quite easy to reverse if you catch it early enough.
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Reversing diabetes means making some very hard choices in your life. First of all it means getting out of your chair, away from the television, and participating in some form of physical exercise on a regular basis. When I mean physical exercise I am talking about 45 minutes a day of walking, or something more strenuous if you can handle it. If you can't walk 45 minutes a day you may want to try and start out with 30 minutes a day.
If you can't walk 30 minutes a day, then I know you can walk for at least 5 minutes a day. If it's physically impossible to walk 5 minutes a day, just get up out of your chair 3 times -- do something, anything, to increase your exercise stamina, and gradually work towards a goal of 45 minutes of exercise a day. Everybody can do some sort of exercise and simply sitting around doing nothing will directly lead you to full-blown diabetes.
The second most important thing people can do to reverse diabetes is give up foods that promote the disease. By this I mean foods that contain ingredients like corn syrup, refined white sugar, sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, white flour, enriched flours, etc. For many of you this will mean throwing away ice cream, cakes, cookies, sweets, desserts, candy bars, etc. What you may not recognize is that these foods are causing your diabetes. I even recommend that you make a list of all the foods and food ingredients that you need to avoid for the rest of your life. And then you must commit to avoiding those foods.
If you want to avoid diabetes there are no exceptions to this rule. Another side effect of all of this sugar consumption is extensive weight gain. If you're suffering from obesity, or a very high level of body fat, chances are you got that way by eating a lot refined carbohydrates, including the foods listed above. Eating refined carbohydrates and added sugars will put weight on your body faster than any other nutritional strategy. The way to take the weight off is to avoid these foods for the rest of your life.
Reversing diabetes requires difficult choices but in the long run will benefit you for the rest of your life. Diabetes, if left unchecked, can damage your organs and may eventually kill you. If you have the recipe for changing your future why not use it?
Julia L Hanf is a proud contributing author and writes articles about type 2 diabetes [http://www.mytype2diabetes.com]. A few years ago through a near tragedy with her husband, Julia was able to discover ways to prevent, treat and reverse diabetes. Reversing diabetes [http://www.mytype2diabetes.com/reversing-diabetes/reversing-diabetes-eliminate-type-2-diabetes] requires difficult choices but in the long run will benefit you for the rest of your life.
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