Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Because of its prevalence among African-Americans, some sources are starting to refer to it as the “African American Disease”. But this disease, although potentially deadly, can be reversed!
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“The term ‘reversal’ is used when people can go off medication but still must engage in a lifestyle program in order to stay off,” says Dr. Ann Albright, the director of diabetes translation at the CDC.
Here are the 4 steps to reverse Type 2 diabetes:
- Eat healthy – this means eating lots of fruits and vegetables — 70 percent vegetables, 30 percent fruit.
- Maintain a healthy weight – losing weight helps the body metabolize sugars. It also helps to lower cholesterol.
- Get plenty of sleep – short-cutting your sleep can make diabetes worse. It can also affect the hormones that regulate your appetite, which can lead to weight gain and increase your diabetes risk.
- Avoid white rice – you may think rice is good for you but this is not true of white rice. According to a recent Harvard study, white rice can increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Eat brown rice instead.
Yes, diabetes reversal can be accomplished, thus eliminating the need for medication and being able to control blood sugar ongoing. But it also means sticking to a regime of healthy eating and exercise!
For more details about reversing diabetes, visit www.webmd.com/diabetes/type-2-diabetes-guide/reversing-type-2-diabetes