Type II diabetes is more often than not a diet and lifestyle disease which simply means that for most people, if they changed their diet and lifestyle, they could begin to overcome the disease. Unfortunately for most people, when they get tested for type II diabetes and are then diagnosed with it, they are then put on a pharmaceutical management program. While it may seem that the drugs help, they are really just a band-aid solution that is deadly in the long run.
Sadly, many people start to take drugs to manage their type II diabetes before they try to change their diet and start to see results.
Findings from the U.S. government’s Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) clearly support this statement. Of individuals with type 2 diabetes, 69% did not exercise at all or did not engage in regular exercise; 62% ate fewer than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day; and 82% were either overweight or obese.
Among patients with pre-diabetes, a minimum of 150 minutes a week of physical activity similar in intensity to brisk walking was associated with a 58% reduced risk of developing diabetes. This study, the Diabetes Prevention Program, also looked at early drug therapy with metformin as a possible prevention strategy. The metformin reduced the risk by 31%. In other words, walking was nearly twice as effective!
Natural Approaches to Type 2 Diabetes
Diet alone can often be effective as the sole factor in treating and reversing Type 2. Other lifestyle factors and supplements are important, but treatment of Type 2 begins with diet. There is considerable evidence from clinical trials that a diet low in refined carbohydrates is emerging as the most scientifically proven approach, especially when considering not only its effect on blood glucose levels, but also the effects it exerts in reducing the sequelae of diabetes, such as high cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and other complications.
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