How Long Does Lifestyle Change Control Blood Sugar?
Q: If you managed to get your A1c under 5.4 without medications, then how long will it stay there assuming you can maintain the lifestyle changes?
A: Lifestyle changes include changing diet, coupled with exercise and natural supplements. Those kind of lifestyle changes can control your blood sugar levels for as long as you continue practicing them. I’ll say more about the nature of those lifestyle changes below.
The reason we recommend this natural approach to managing and reversing type 2 diabetes is because the medications don’t solve the problem, but merely mask the symptoms. Additionally, the medications prescribed for type 2 diabetes carry with them some unpleasant and sometimes serious side effects.
On medication alone, the disease will continue to worsen in spite of the drugs. The reason for this is that we haven’t addressed the factors that cause the overproduction of insulin by the pancreas and insulin resistance in the cells. Therefore, the disease will progress, requiring ever-increasing doses of medication and stronger drugs. Additionally, these medications are very costly.
The lifestyle changes we promote at Barton Publishing involve primarily a change in diet. Exercise and natural supplements will help too, but the dietary changes are essential. These are the factors that led to type 2 diabetes in the first place, so changing our diet to one which would not lead to diabetes in the first place also reverses the effects of the disease.
Unlike the medications, changing our diet and adding exercise target the cause of our type 2 diabetes and reverse it—as long as we stay with our new lifestyle.
We recommend a three-phase reversal process. The first phase requires that we reduce our daily carbohydrate intake to a mere 20 grams of low glycemic index foods. This will help cleanse our cells of sugar and allow them to regain their ability to accept new sugar, but at much more acceptable levels.
This low carb phase will reset the pancreas to produce normal levels of insulin, resulting in normal blood sugar levels. The goal of this first phase is to get your fasting blood glucose level under 100 mg/dL in a test at your doctor’s office.
In Phase two, we recommend that you begin methodically reintroducing your favorite carbs while testing to ensure that they don’t adversely impact your blood sugar levels.
Phase three is the culmination of your Phase two experimenting. Phase three represents a lifestyle change that you will want to maintain for the rest of your life. This lifestyle change will keep your blood sugar levels normal perpetually and prevent the disease from running its terrible course.
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