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How to reverse type 2 diabetes

There is no guarantee you can reverse diabetes, but you can improve some of the symptoms by changing your lifestyle. It's important to do this, as living with diabetes increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, vision loss, miscarriage, and a number of other issues. Express.co.uk reveals how to reverse type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes causes the level of sugar in the blood to become too high and is caused by a number of things from being overweight to being inactive.

Type 1 diabetes does the same thing, but it happens as a result of your body's inability to produce enough insulin.

Type 1 diabetes is managed with injections and other treatments, but type 2 diabetes requires lifestyle changes.

So how exactly can you reverse type 2 diabetes, what changes need to be made?

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How to reverse type 2 diabetesLose weight

According to Diabetes.org, there's no guarantee you can reverse diabetes.

However, the strongest evidence for reversing type 2 diabetes suggests overweight or obese suffers need to weight loss.

This can be done through lifestyle and diet changes or by weight loss surgery.

Scientists believe that when you are overweight, you store too much fat in the liver and pancreas and this affects how type two diabetes develops.

Losing about 15kg dramatically increases your chances of reversing type 2 diabetes.



Diet

While there is no evidence to show that a specific diet will reverse type 2 diabetes, some have a better track record than others.

As long as a diet is balanced and helps you lose weight, that's what you should do.

For example, you could follow the Mediterranean diet or a low-carb or low-calorie diet.

Low-fat diets aren't as effective, according to Diabetes.co.uk.

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Exercise

Exercise is key in reversing type 2 diabetes, evidence has shown.

This is because, according to Diabetes.co.uk, exercise helps the body to become more sensitive to insulin.

Mixing exercise with a healthy diet will reduce the demand for insulin in the body, and therefore reverse diabetes.

Exercise can't do the job alone – a healthy diet is a MUST.


Bariatric surgery

A less-natural and more invasive method is getting bariatric surgery.

Gastric bypass delivers the most impressive remission rates, but the surgery doesn't come without risk.

This procedure makes the stomach smaller so that only small meals can be eaten.

It's permanent and means you need to eat much less and take supplements for the rest of your life.

If you can lose weight naturally and keep it off, that's a much better option.



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