Can you really “reverse” diabetes?
The answer is YES!
In Bermuda, Premier Health and Wellness Center offers a Diabetes Reversal Program. Type-2 diabetes has no known cure yet. However, it can be controlled and “reversed” to remission. It doesn’t mean you’re completely cured. Type 2 diabetes is an ongoing disease. Even if you’re in remission, there’s always a chance that symptoms will return.
What does “reversed” to remission mean?
You have no signs or symptoms of diabetes when it is in remission.
Remission is most likely in the early stage of diabetes or after a substantial weight loss. It can also happen following bariatric surgery for weight loss, promoting positive alterations in the body’s insulin system. It is also less likely in the latter stages of diabetes because the body’s ability to produce insulin may gradually deteriorate.
That’s why you need to stick consistently with your diabetes management plan and have the right support group. Here’s how you can beat and reverse Type-2 diabetes:
How to Reverse Diabetes
According to a study, Bermuda has an alarming increase in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. However, there’s still hope. Through our Diabetes Reversal Program in Bermuda, Our medical team will empower you to understand, manage, control and even reverse your diabetes. Here are few steps you can take to reverse diabetes and prediabetes:
1. Work with our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Diabetes meal plans are quite tricky. It’s easy to just google on how to eat healthily. However, we all have different bodies with different needs. A diet that works with someone might be unhealthy for you. Even if your doctor gives dietary recommendations, it’s best to seek the advice of a licensed dietitian nutritionist (RDN). An RDN can offer nutritional recommendations fit for your body, including what foods to eat and which to avoid.
At Premier Health and Wellness Center, our medical team can assist you in creating a food plan tailored to your needs and provide you with other helpful dietary tips. The goal is to get your blood sugar levels back to normal.
2. Staying Hydrated
Another great strategy to correct prediabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes is to drink enough water. Water is a healthy option since it helps manage blood glucose levels. When blood glucose levels are high, our kidneys try to eliminate extra sugar through urine. It makes people with diabetes require more hydration than usual. Drinking more water allows more glucose to flush out of the body.
3. Stop Smoking
Smoking makes diabetes treatment and insulin regulation more difficult since high nicotine levels reduce the efficacy of insulin. They make smokers need more insulin to keep blood sugar levels in check. Cigarette smoke contains substances that harm your body’s cells and interfere with their function. It can lead to inflammation throughout the body, which can reduce insulin’s efficiency. Additionally, when chemicals from cigarette smoke interact with oxygen in the body, a process known as oxidative stress occurs. Both oxidative stress and inflammation have been linked to higher diabetes risk.
4. Be active
Adapting to a regular workout regimen helps you lose weight and reverse your symptoms. In fact, decreasing 5-to-10% of your body fat will help you improve your blood sugar levels and reverse prediabetes. The larger your waist size is, the higher your insulin resistance. For ladies, this is 35 inches or more, and for men, it is 40 inches or more.
What does “reversed” to remission mean? We understand that getting active can be pretty difficult, especially when starting. In PHWC Bermuda, we have a wealth of support from our weight loss experts that can help. You can also get a gym membership, have a personal trainer, or join our group setting that fires up your motivation to keep going.
5. Limit your carbohydrate intake
Eating fewer carbs and choosing healthy carbs can help reverse diabetes. You may need to eat complex and unprocessed carbohydrates like the following:
- whole grains
Carbs that are rich in fiber help keep you full longer. They also absorb into your body at a slower rate since it takes longer to break down. It helps to keep blood sugar levels stable. Avoid simple carbs like candies and juices as they absorb quickly and induce a surge in blood sugar. Also, limit your intake of refined carbohydrates that are fast-acting like the following:
- white rice
- white bread
- pizza dough
- breakfast cereals
6. Avoid processed foods
A diet high in processed foods, which have added fats, calories, and sugar with no nutritional benefit, is a huge risk factor for prediabetes. Your risk is also increased if you eat a lot of red meat. Avoiding processed foods means choosing healthier choices. It can help restore normal blood sugar levels and reverse prediabetes. Low-fat and low-calorie foods should be a part of your diet, such as:
- fruits with complex carbs
- lean meats
- whole grains
- healthy fats, like avocado and fish
Diabetes Treatment in Bermuda
Take control of your diabetes with our Diabetes Reversal Program. It’s a 12-month long program where you will learn how to effectively reverse diabetes with your doctors and peers’ full help and support. Here’s what you can expect from our program:
- Medical guidance about healthy foods choices
- Easy plans to incorporate physical activity into your daily lifestyle
- A support group to keep you motivated, provide feedback, and a ton of encouragement
- Medical team support to review your progress and adjust and even reduce the use of medications as needed
- A team of multidisciplinary experts helping you gain control of diabetes
- A wealth of support, so you don’t have to do it alone
Get the right program today by calling us at 441-292-5111 or schedule your appointment through our online appointment booking portal.