Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Reversed?

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Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Reversed?

Nearly 39 million Americans have diabetes, a serious medical condition that alters the way your body uses insulin and blood sugar (glucose). While there are several types of diabetes, type 2 diabetes is the most common type, typically associated with changes in your metabolism.

Because type 2 diabetes is acquired rather than present at birth, many people wonder if it can be reversed. The answer is — sort of. While type 2 diabetes can’t really be “reversed,” the symptoms associated with diabetes can be managed, essentially putting the condition into remission — a type of “reversal.” 

In Lakeland, Florida, Sergio B. Seoane, MD, helps patients manage their type 2 diabetes with custom treatment plans tailored to their health needs. If you have type 2 diabetes, here’s how Dr. Seoane can help you.

Quick facts about type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that happens when your body doesn’t use insulin the way it’s supposed to. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body regulate blood sugar (glucose). Specifically, it helps your cells and tissues absorb glucose and use it for energy.

If you have type 2 diabetes, your body produces insulin, but your tissues and cells don’t absorb it correctly. That means glucose builds up in your blood, increasing your risk of organ damage and complications like kidney disease, nerve damage, and vision loss. Diabetes also interferes with your body’s ability to heal, putting you at risk of serious infections and limb amputation.

Type 2 diabetes is especially common among people who are obese or overweight. While it was once almost solely confined to adults, increasing rates of childhood obesity have made type 2 diabetes common among kids and teens, too.

Understanding remission

While there’s no cure for type 2 diabetes, effectively managing your glucose and insulin levels can help “push” the condition into remission, when symptoms are inactive.With the right diabetes management plan in place, you could keep your symptoms under control — and in remission — indefinitely.

For most people, “reversing” the symptoms of type 2 diabetes involves five essential activities that should be a part of every diabetes management plan: healthy eating, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, taking medication when needed, and managing stress.

Healthy eating

If you have diabetes, you know it’s important to avoid sugar and watch your carbs, too. But you might not know that it’s also important to avoid foods that can contribute to inflammation, too. 

 

That means focusing on nutrient-dense foods, like whole grains and colorful vegetables. Add in some oily fish, like tuna or salmon, to help “undo” inflammatory damage associated with diabetes.

 

Watch your portion sizes, too. Practice mindful eating, ending your meal as soon as you feel satisfied and full to avoid eating calories you don’t need.

Losing excess weight

Excess fatty tissue produces hormones that can affect your insulin levels and the way your body uses insulin, too. Losing just a small percentage of body weight is all it takes to alter your body fat ratio and improve your body’s ability to control glucose and insulin naturally.

Regular exercise

Regular exercise helps your body process glucose and insulin naturally. It also helps keep extra pounds at bay. 

 

You don’t have to run a marathon or join a gym to capture the benefits of regular exercise, either. Consider adding a half-hour walk five days a week or take up swimming or bicycling.

Medication

Watching your diet, being active, and shedding extra pounds are important “DIY” options when it comes to managing type 2 diabetes and achieving remission. But medication can play a vital role, too. Depending on your needs, that might mean taking extra insulin or using medications to help your body use insulin more effectively.

Stress management

Chronic stress raises your glucose levels, and it can also lead to unhealthy eating habits. Try adding yoga, meditation, or deep-breathing exercises to your daily routine. And make sure you get plenty of quality sleep, too.

Optimize your type 2 diabetes management plan

Managing your diabetes and achieving remission begins with a custom plan tailored to your health needs and lifestyle. To learn how we can help, call 863-644-2204 or request an appointment online with Dr. Seoane today.