These Healthy Lifestyle Steps Can Prevent and Even Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

About one in ten Americans have diabetes, which is a chronic and life-altering disease. If you want to avoid joining these ra

The numbers surrounding diabetes in the United States are eye-opening, as more than 30 million people have been diagnosed with the disease, 90-95% of whom suffer from Type 2 diabetes. Even more sobering is the fact that 84 million are considered prediabetic, which is one in three people. But there is hope hidden in these numbers. Whether you’re on the threshold of diabetes or you’ve recently been diagnosed, there are steps you can take to prevent or reverse the disease.

At Morris Medical Center, Dr. Dareld Morris and our team are here to help our patients take charge of their health. By proactively addressing serious, and life-altering, problems like diabetes, our goal is that you lead a long and happy life free from disease.

To that end, we’ve pulled together a few steps you can take to prevent Type 2 diabetes, better manage the condition, and even reverse it.

It’s all about education

One of the most important steps you can take when it comes to diabetes is to educate yourself about the disease. And if you’re reading this, you’re covering this step nicely.

Type 2 diabetes is typically diagnosed in adults over the age of 45, but kids are increasingly succumbing to the condition. This form of diabetes is characterized by insulin resistance, which means your body becomes resistant to insulin, which is the hormone responsible for regulating the levels of glucose in your blood.

To make up for this resistance, your pancreas attempts to make more insulin, but the numbers are insufficient to combat the resistance, leaving you with too much sugar in your bloodstream. Chronic high blood sugar leads to very serious problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, vision loss, and peripheral neuropathy.

Shedding weight

One of the largest risk factors when it comes to developing Type 2 diabetes is being overweight or obese, which means one of the best ways to prevent diabetes is to lose weight.

We understand that this is far more easily said than done, which is why we offer medically supervised weight-loss programs which are tailored to your unique health concerns and goals. If you’re in danger of developing diabetes, we design a nutrition plan to help you lose weight in hopes of preventing diabetes.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes, a new study shows that you can reverse the diagnosis through a low-calorie, diet-based weight management program. More than 45% of participants in this program put their Type 2 diabetes into remission, and 70% of these people were still in remission after year two.

The diet is strict, but the health benefits of losing weight more than make up for your efforts.

Get moving

Another great way to keep diabetes at bay is through exercise (which also helps with losing weight). Exercise has been proven to help people avoid a diabetes diagnosis, but it is also beneficial to those who’ve already been diagnosed.

If you’re new to exercise, start out slowly by taking some walks around your neighborhood. As you build strength, lengthen your walks and take them more frequently. Ultimately, we’d love to see you get an hour of exercise a day, but even five times a week will do the trick.

Get the right team

This last tip is extremely important in preventing diabetes — having the right medical team to oversee your health. We specialize in diabetes, so we know what red flags to look out for, allowing us to intervene quickly.

Should you cross over into diabetes, we work with you every step of the way to better manage your disease and prevent the serious complications associated with Type 2 diabetes.

To learn more about preventing or reversing Type 2 diabetes, contact our office in Fort Myers, Florida, to set up an appointment. You can call us or use the “book online” button to schedule your visit.

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