Besides living on the same planet, there is something very important that all countries and continents have in common.
Obesity rates everywhere are rising, and so are the rates of type II diabetes, around the globe.
In the last 50-60 years, we have seen an extraordinary rise in the shear number and percentage of populations that are becoming diagnosed with Type II diabetes.
Some of this, of course, can be attributed to the rampant growth, advances, and developments that we have had in technology since the 1950’s. Because of the convenience of working from a computer and being able to automate machines to perform what was once manual human labour, it is becoming less and less necessary for us to stay active.
Work consists of sedentarily sitting behind a desk for hours a day, answering emails. Homelife consists of sitting on the couch, browsing social media, and streaming television shows and movies directly to your living room.
Then there come changes in our diet. Along with inactivity and a lack of exercise, one of the greatest reasons that we see a rise in rates of both obesity and diabetes is due to the changes in our food and the global food industry. Simple food items and groceries like bread, meat, dairy, fruits, and vegetables are now packed with preservatives and chemicals that are disrupting our hormones and destroying our ability to digest and process foods for energy.
The way that the chemical makeup of our foods have changed have dramatically changed our biology and have made formerly healthy nations exponentially more prone to becoming overweight and obese. Therefore, increasing everyone’s risk of developing Type II diabetes sometime in adulthood.
Some Data for Thought
Currently, 12% of the entire population of the United States has been diagnosed with diabetes, and there could be millions out there that are yet to be diagnosed.
That means that around 30 million people in the US alone have diabetes. Globally, there are an estimated 420 million people with diabetes. On a planet of only 7.5 billion people, that is a hair-raising statistic that should have us all concerned about the future health of our planet.
The Difference Between Type I and Type II
If you aren’t familiar with diabetes, here is a little breakdown of the different kinds of diabetes that you can have and what they mean.
Type I diabetes is known as insulin dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes. This is a form of genetic diabetes that restricts or inhibits the pancreas from producing insulin. That loss or limitation in insulin production makes it difficult or impossible for the body to regulate any sugars that enter the bloodstream.
As far as medical research has shown us, there is no apparent cure for Type I diabetes, and this chronic disease needs to be managed and monitored with consistent blood sugar testing, diet, exercise, and insulin injections or administration.
Type II diabetes, however, is not genetically inherited and can be contracted by virtually anyone.
An individual is diagnosed with diabetes when their body fails to regulate insulin production. Insulin is the hormone in your body that is produced by your pancreas. Its primary function is to shuttle sugars out of your bloodstream and into the cells of the body.
Type II diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes, is not insulin dependent and can often be managed with simple changes with diet and exercise.
Although, in some severe cases, the prescription of medication may be advised or necessary. Risk factors that increase your chances of developing adult-onset diabetes include
– Family history
– Being overweight
– Being obese
– Having a diet that is high in sugar and low in fibre
– Having low or nonexistent levels of physical activity
– Having a sedentary lifestyle at work and at home
Up until recently, medical experts have believed that upon developing Type II diabetes, the disease is incurable, but can be managed. Though, recent research and testing in the medical field may be indicating otherwise.
Can Type 2 Diabetes or Insulin Resistance be Reversed?
Recent research from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada may have just the research and results that we need to prove that Type II diabetes is no longer going to be thought of as incurable.
McMaster University is globally known as one of the leading universities on research in the fields of exercise, kinesiology, and health sciences.
They recently composed a study involving 83 individuals who had all been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes.
They broke them into three different groups, which were to be studied with different levels of control and variability to determine if Type II diabetes is indeed reversible, or if it is incurable.
Groups one and two were given an intense means of “metabolic intervention” which included a customized exercise program, and a dietary plan that reduced their calories by 500-750 calories per day. They also received two different forms of oral medication for diabetics that include metformin and acarbose to manage their blood glucose levels. They also received insulin injections right before bed, to allow their pancreases some significant time to rest and recover from the process.
The only differences in the first two groups are that one underwent this regimen for eight weeks while the other stuck it out for a whopping total of 16 weeks so that the researchers could record the differences and results at the end of the study. This would give them
The third group, which was used as the control group, was only subject to standard blood sugar management advice and healthy lifestyle change advice from their normal healthcare providers. Then begs the question, what did the research team from McMaster University find after 16 weeks of testing with the three groups?
The Test Results
The three respective groups were monitored for 16 weeks, and the results that the research team found were pleasing and somewhat surprising.
Add the end of the study; group 1 saw that 41% (11 of the 27 participants in that group) of the participants in that group had met the specific criteria to identify their diabetes as in complete or partial remission. Almost 50% of this group had put their diabetes into some remission and were either totally off of their diabetes medication, or had significantly weaned off of it.
Group two participants were not nearly as successful, possibly because they only underwent the same lifestyle changes as group 1 for eight weeks instead of 16. Still, 6 out of the 28 people (21% of the participants) met the same criteria to indicate that their diabetes had either gone into complete or partial remission.
As you would have probably guessed, the third group saw the lowest success rate, with only 4 of the 28 participants able to put their diabetes into partial or complete remission.
Is Type 2 Diabetes Progressive and Incurable?
So what can we garner from taking a look at the research that McMasters presents us with?
Did this study show us that this disease is progressive?
Is it possible to cure type II diabetes?
For the first question, yes, the disease is indeed progressive. This simply means that if the disease goes untreated, is ignored, and the patient continues to go down the path they’re on of eating an abundance of high glycemic foods and remaining sedentary, the disease can worsen and even become fatal.
So if you ignore the disease and maintain the same lifestyle habits that created your diabetic condition, then yes, the disease is progressive.
Is Type 2 Diabetes Ever Curable?
This depends on your definition of cure. The general definition of cure can be loose.
Like when cancer goes into remission, many times you could say “ cancer has been cured.” Though, there may always be the chance that the cancer comes back and that the patient needs to go back into treatment for it.
If you define cure as being able to put the disease in complete remission, so that you can get off of diabetes and hormonal medications, then you could say that Type II diabetes is curable.
The subjects who were successful in the study above at putting their diabetes into complete remission with diet, exercise, and a few medications, no longer needed medication by the end of the study. Their pancreas was totally capable of producing insulin and regulating glucose levels in the bloodstream.
Is there a best diet for Type 2 Diabetes natural Treatment
Is Type 2 diabetes cured by eating Paleo/Primal diet?
Many diabetics have seen serious success with putting their diabetes into remission by maintaining a paleo or primal-style eating.
Eating real foods like meats, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats like nuts and seeds, while abstaining from eating grains and processed carbohydrates are extremely effective at helping many people lose weight, lose visceral body fat, and help their bodies regain control of regulating insulin production and blood sugar levels.
How Does Weight Loss Affect Diabetes?
In general, the closer you are to your average or ideal weight, the less likely you are to develop diabetes.
The more weight (specifically, body fat) that you gain, the higher the likelihood that you could develop type II diabetes.