Inspire · Miss Mary

Can you reverse Diabetes?

National Public Radio has produced a report how Diabetes has swept the nation.  It has an interactive map showing the states and their percentage of residents with the Disease.  Illinois is in the 8-10% range as of 2010.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 25.8 million people, or 8.3% of the U.S. population, have Diabetes.

Being diagnosed pre-diabetic is a huge red flag that you must change your ways.    Once you are diagnosed Diabetic, you must enter a regiment of medication to control your Diabetes.  It’s expensive and life changing.

How can we best change to prevent Diabetes from occurring or once you have Diabetes is it possible to reverse the affects.  Together with my doctor, my diet, and my exercise regimen we have turned the numbers around.  Am I free and clear, not by a long shot, but we’re getting there.

At my most recent trip to the doctor he told me it looks as if I do not have Diabetes based on the numbers.  But, I still do.  We are currently working to lower dosages since I’ve lost weight and have a healthy workout routine (at least 4 days a week in the gym using weights and cardio, and the other days walking around the block with Daisy and bike riding).

According to the American Diabetes Association:   Research shows that you can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by 58% by:

  • Losing 7% of your body      weight (or 15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds)
  • Exercising moderately (such      as brisk walking) 30 minutes a day, five days a week

Don’t worry if you can’t get to your ideal body weight. Losing just 10 to 15 pounds can make a huge difference. For some people with pre-diabetes, early treatment can actually return blood glucose levels to the normal range.

For me it’s going to be a trial.  We’ll lower some meds and return to them if that isn’t working well.

I encourage you to get a checkup if for nothing else to have a baseline to see how far you’ve progressed.

Take a look below, think diet and exercise can make a difference?  I still have a long way to go but that’s the challenge.  BTW, that’s Trainer Tony and I just last week and the other picture was in 2011.

2013 me in 2011 only2013 TonyW

Test

10/14/2009

7/24/2013

Range in which it should be

A1c

10.4

5.9

(4.5-5.9)

Glucose

232

74

(65-99)

Triglycerides

191

102

<150

LDL

80

69

<130

HDL

46

47

>39

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