Can You Cure Type 2 (Adult-Onset) Diabetes through a Proper Diet?
Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes is often tied to weight, with a third to a half of all new diagnoses of type 2 diabetes involving individuals who are significantly overweight. When you have diabetes, you have too much sugar in your blood. That’s the function of insulin—when it enters your bloodstream, it causes the sugar to leave your blood and enter your cells. That’s why people with type 2 diabetes require some level of insulin.
Can You Do Away with the Daily Need for an Insulin Injection by Losing Enough Weight?
The answer to that question is a qualified “maybe.” Here’s why:
Studies show that when you carry too much weight on your body, you need more insulin to regulate the amount of sugar in your blood (scientists don’t really understand why). Your pancreas produces insulin, but within limits. When you have too much sugar in your blood and your pancreas tries to produce too much insulin, some of the insulin producing cells can die. Studies have shown that your pancreas can (but won’t always) develop new insulin-producing cells. This has been shown with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
The likelihood of restoring full insulin-producing function to your pancreas is also conditioned upon other potential damage to the pancreas. Researchers have found that the abdominal fat in many severely overweight people can release molecules that result in permanent damage to your pancreas.
If you have a family history of diabetes, it becomes even more important to manage and maintain your weight. Studies show that people with a family history of type 2 diabetes can double the likelihood of developing the disease themselves if they are clinically overweight.
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