Today I’m sharing my personal health journey and how I learned to cure my Type 2 Diabetes.
I do have a family history of Type 2 Diabetes and so from a very young age was quite aware of the disease, the foods which affect it and it’s complications.
Recent figures show that currently about 1 in 25 people have Type 2 diabetes and the number is increasing.
The main age group affected is the over 45s but there are many more being diagnosed in the younger age groups.
Let me start first by saying that cured actually means in remission. I have to maintain good habits, which I’ll be sharing with you, in order to keep this disease at bay. Think about it, every life choice you make or new skills you learn, require constant habits to achieve and maintain them.
For example, if you want strong muscles you need to maintain weight training, athletes need to keep training to maintain and improve performance, new skills need to be repeated so they become habit, and so on.
Repetition = Habit = Success
The first thing I did was visit my doctor. Not only do I have a sugar issue but as is the case with most Type 2 Diabetes sufferers, I also have high cholesterol. I wanted to see if there was anything I could do to lower these levels, without medication as my first step.
Now, I have seen many doctors and specialists in the past and whilst they did help, what I like about my doctor, is that he believes in the power of food to heal. Yes, he also agrees with pharmaceuticals and he sat me down and went through my current diet, fitness and sent me for a barrage of blood tests to determine what was actually going on in my body.
I already had a pretty good diet and am quite active, but just by changing a few things, not only did the sugar and cholesterol levels come back down to normal but I lost 8 kilos in 4 months. I wasn’t a big person but as with many Type 2 Diabetes sufferers, I carried most of my excess fat around my middle.
The main thing I did was triple my vegetable intake, reduce starchy carbohydrates like potatoes, bread, rice, sugar and pasta (not easy for an Italian!) and cut down on dairy. You might be thinking that’s too hard. Well like I said, repetition created a habit which led to success.
I’ll tell you what’s harder, trying to reverse damage which leads to severe complications like stroke, heart attack and amputation. Not to mention the thought of daily insulin injections.
The worst thing is that he does it mainly at night so he goes to sleep with a belly full of fat and sugar which isn’t being burned up. Also, he is stubborn about getting a blood test for fear of what he finds out.
I asked him a question; “What’s more important to you, your car or your body?”. Luckily he answered his body. So I then asked; “When your car feels as if it could break down how quickly do you go to your mechanic?”.
Of course he answered “straight away”.
So here’s my point, if you value your body and your life more than your car, why would you put the worst fuel possible inside it and refuse to do necessary check-ups?
Just as your car would break down with dirty fuel and no regular maintenance, so will your body. In many cases, the damage done to your body is not so easily reversed and you can’t change parts as easily. There is no pancreas transplant.
Thankfully, you can change a few habits and this is how I learned to cure my Type 2 Diabetes. It’s your choice. I still indulge myself a little but most of the time I am consuming fresh unprocessed foods and I am all the better for it.
Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you and value your thoughts and opinion.
Until next time,
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