The most common form is type 2 diabetes is completely preventable and reversible, without the need for any medication or insulin. Recent research confirms this, as I have also seen with clients.
Unfortunately the diabetes foundations, charities or awareness groups are still recommending the wrong advice for prevention and treatments for diabetes, despite the mountain of evidence of more effective options.
Type 2 diabetes is a result of poor dietary and lifestyle choices, partly because of poor advice from the government food guidelines on what you should eat and the media. In type 2, the body becomes resistant to the effects of the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels (amongst many other things). This leads to high blood sugar levels which is toxic and inflammatory to the body, causing weight gain, nerve damage, then high blood pressure, which in turn causes eye damage, kidney damage, poor circulation and healing (and eventual amputation of limbs) and death if untreated. Other hormones and other factors play a part in the development and progression of diabetes too.
The medical approach to treatment is to reduce calories or kJ intake especially saturated fat, with exercise and medications. There's some major problems with this approach - 1) medications do not address the cause of the problem, and 2) reducing overall kJ or saturated fat will do next to nothing for reversing the condition, and may likely make your health worse...
Why? Because type 2 diabetes is a condition of an abnormal insulin response. What causes an insulin response? Carbohydrates and proteins. Not fats, and certainly not saturated fats. Carbohydrates cause the highest insulin effects in the body, in particular sugary foods and drinks, fruit juices, whole grain products (whole grains, breakfast cereals, pasta, bread and other bakery products), dairy (high in sugar), and alcoholic drinks. Many of these foods we are told are "healthy" in the government food guidelines - whole grain products, fruit juice, and dairy! The government food advice is causing this current epidemic of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic health conditions.
Reducing unhealthy carbohydrates such as those above will reduce the insulin response, reduce high blood sugar levels to normal, reduce weight, reduce blood pressure and stop the other signs and symptoms of diabetes.
Of course there is more to preventing and reversing diabetes than just reducing unhealthy carbohydrates, but that's where I can help as a Nutritionist and Naturopath! I can help with personalised nutritional and lifestyle advice, for the easiest and most effective results!