A new research based perspective to treat diabetes & diabetes remission — the good news!

Diabetes & unhealthy lifestyle

We are constantly exposed to different forms of life’s stress, we are sleep deprived, we eat junk & don’t exercise regularly, have limited understanding of a good nutritive diet, and most importantly we underestimate the power of fasting. If we continue pursuing an unhealthy lifestyle, sooner or later, will become victims of Diabetes. Diabetes if left unchecked can lead to catastrophic outcomes in life. It can affect almost every organ especially the heart, kidneys, even eyes and brain and can cause some life-threatening complications.

We are all at risk — prediabetes!

Sometimes blood sugar, although higher than normal, cannot be classified as diabetes because the body adapts and compensates in response to the increased blood sugar level. This condition is referred to as ‘prediabetes’ which is hard to diagnose due to lack of clinical symptoms. This sub-clinical picture that could last for up to 10 years, if not controlled, could eventually turns into diabetes. Fasting blood sugar ranging between 100–125 mg/dL is referred as prediabetes. The risk of complications like heart problems can show up even when a person is prediabetic.

The problem is much bigger…

According to Word Health Organisation, the figure of people with diabetes increased almost four times from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. According to CDC.gov, USA 2020 statistics showed that 10.5% of the US population had diabetes and 34.5% of the adult US population were Prediabetic. Occurrence has been mounting more briskly in low- and middle-income countries when compared to high-income countries. Diabetes is affecting the entire world.

Diabetes new perspective — simple lifestyle changes & the impact of scientific research

Diabetes most commonly presents in the form type 2 diabetes in which the body cells do not respond to insulin. This phenomenon described as “insulin resistance” is the main cause of type 2 diabetes. The focus of this article is therefore visualising type 2 diabetes with a new vibrant perspective, understanding the role of simple lifestyle interventions and the impact of latest scientific research to tackle this illness. A relatively new concept (diabetes remission) which offers a promising future for diabetes patients will also be discussed.

A promising future for diabetes — The diabetes remission!

Can science cast a spell on this illness — that is preventing or returning the world back to a diabetic free state? The good news is the emergence of a relatively new concept called “diabetic remission.” Diabetes remission can be explained as when your blood sugar or glucose levels are below the diabetes range which is less than 100 mg/dL of fasting plasma glucose, and no diabetes medications are needed. Diabetes remission may seem like a folktale, but scientific research and some real-life stories have moved this realm of fantasy into a veracity. It not only returns blood sugar within a healthy normal range, but it also helps to reduce the blood cholesterol level and maintains our Blood Pressure. Together all these changes can decrease the likely hood of diabetic complications. Remission can last for up to many years and can be classified into partial (almost Diabetes free for at least 1 year), complete (diabetes free for at least 1 year) and prolonged remission (diabetes free for at least 5 years.)

Scientific research

Diabetes remission is realistic and easily possible to achieve. A 2016 study found that certain interferences can assist laying type 2 diabetes into remission. The largest clinical trial on this issue revealed that lifestyle changes can impede the advancement of diabetes and also normalise the blood sugar level back to healthy range. Other research that supports this idea includes this study, which found that diminishing fat around the waist and reducing the body mass index (BMI) also shifted the glucose levels back to healthy normal range.

A promising future for diabetes

Diabetes remission, which is a relatively new concept, shows good hopes for diabetic patients. A dedicated commitment to maintain a healthy lifestyle is however mandatory to avoid getting back to diabetic state again. In addition, good quality scientific studies are required to fully understand the remission process before more robust conclusions can be drawn. Also, it is vital to involve your doctor and dietician and to continue your appointments while in remission and to keep your health records up to date.

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