My experience with type 2 diabetes comes from family and work. My grandfather and now my mother suffer from this chronic disease. As a medical doctor, I see patients consumed by the signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes every day.
But what exactly is this disease?
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder. The patient has high blood sugar due to insulin resistance.
Fat accumulates in our muscle cells and it makes them resistant to the action of insulin. The pancreas works harder and harder trying to keep up with the need for more insulin. The level of insulin in the blood increases, therefore more fat accumulates in the liver. The liver becomes resistant to insulin as well, as a result it will keep producing glucose all day long. More insulin is produces, consequently the liver becomes fatter and fatter. Eventually, the liver will excrete fat in the blood. The fat will eventually go to the pancreas. And, there it is, diabetes.
What are the early signs of type 2 diabetes?
Increased blood sugar make your kidneys work harder to filter and absorb the excess. With the sugar, water gets pulled out of the tissues. This makes urination more frequent.
Increased thirst and dried moth
When all this water is eliminated, you become more thirsty and your mouth feels dry. You’ll drink more, therefore visit the toilet more often.
When the blood sugar is high and insulin is not enough or there is insulin resistance, glucose can not enter into the cells. So the food that you eat doesn’t get converted to energy. The lack of energy makes you hungry, even if you just ate.
Unexplained weight loss
All this sugar that doesn’t get converted to energy gets excreted through urine, as a result you lose calories as well.
Fatigue and headaches
All the above signs and symptoms contribute to feeling tired and having headaches.
Remember how blood sugar pulls fluid out of tissues? Well, fluid is pulled out of the lenses of your eyes as well. The result is the inability to focus.
How can we prevent and maybe reverse type 2 diabetes?
The sings and symptoms of type 2 diabetes are not easy to live with. Let’s see what we can do about them.
There are several studies showing that type 2 diabetes can be reversed.
Medical doctors and scientists compared different diets that involved weight loss, increase in dietary fibre, no weight loss and a plant based diet.
With the plant based diet,“despite no change in weight, insulin requirements were cut about 60 percent, and half of the diabetics were able to get off insulin altogether. Was this after five years, or after seven months, as had been the case in the other studies discussed above? No.
It was after 16 days.
To be clear, we’re talking about diabetics who had had diabetes as long as 20 years, injecting 20 units of insulin a day, getting off insulin altogether in as few as 13 days, thanks to less than two weeks on a plant-based diet. Patient 15, for example, had injected 32 units of insulin while on the control diet, and then, 18 days later, none. Lower blood sugars on 32 units less insulin.
That’s the power of plants.” Dr Greger
Look, when there is a will there is a way. Studies show that this is possible. There is research to support it all.
You need to be very motivated to get rid of this disease. The complications are severe. The medication causes severe complications and does not cure it. Please take your medication. Please, please consider a change in your lifestyle. Ask for help. It is so much easier to make those changes with someone’s help. Unfortunately, as far as I know, the hospitals or the GPs do not offer much support. You might need to go private and find a health/life coach or a nutritionist. If you think of the future with diabetes and a future you healthy, which would you choose?