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No More Diabetes Medication: Can You Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

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Diabetes is a very common but serious medical condition. More than 34 million Americans have it; about 90-95% of them have type 2 diabetes. About 88 million people have prediabetes, a precursor to type 2 diabetes.

There is no cure for type 2 diabetes. But it may be possible to reverse it to a point where you don't need medication to manage it, and you don't suffer ill effects from high blood sugar.

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Other lifestyle changes may also help, including:

However, some people may still need medication.

Start With a Healthy Diet

Adjusting your diet may have the biggest impact on your ability to manage or reverse type 2 diabetes. Reduce the amount of sugar and simple carbohydrates you eat and drink. Eat mostly:

One simple way to make meals healthier is to fill half your plate with vegetables or fruit. Then, add whole grains to one-quarter of your plate and lean meat to the other quarter.

Lower Your Diabetes Risk

Several factors can increase your chance of getting type 2 diabetes.

While some foods to avoid are obvious, such as sugary drinks and cookies, others may surprise you. Limit or avoid these high-carb foods:

Kick up your activity, too

Increasing the amount of physical activity you do is also an excellent way to lose weight and combat the effects of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Current guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise a week. If you don’t currently exercise much, start out small and increase how much you do as you feel comfortable.

What if diet and exercise aren’t enough?

It’s not always possible to reverse type 2 diabetes. But even if you still need medication or insulin, these healthy habits help better manage your condition. They may prevent complications from developing. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes, a healthier lifestyle not only allows you better manage blood sugar levels, but it’s good for your health in many other ways too.

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