Diabetes

@hvedra (1623)
November 17, 2011 6:26am CST
Has anyone here managed to control Type II diabetes with diet? I've heard that some low carb diets can actually control and reverse Type II diabetes and would like to know more. If you know of any success stories I would be interested in hearing if there was a particular diet plan that was followed.
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@neelia_lyn (1389)
• Philippines
18 Nov 11
Type II diabetes is a progressive condition that can result in serious illnesses like having gangrene or kidney failure. During the early stage, it's important to manage and strictly follow doctor's order. My aunt was diagnosed type 2 diabetes 9 years ago, she ignored doctor's orders and haven't taken her medicines seriously. Now, she has CKD. It's important to manage diabetes to prolong the damage it's gonna do to your body.
• United States
21 Nov 11
My brother was suffering a lot too with stasis ulcers and kidney problems, and fatty liver and some heart problems. His poor ankles were as big as boats. Because of his kidneys the doc made him get off the lasix he was on for fluid... his doc suggested Weight Watchers and he lost 147 pounds and reversed his diabetes. If he were to gain the weight back the diabetes would come back.. it's happened to him before when he lost weight. Now he walks 5 to 7 miles a day for 5 days each week... he is so healthy now. No more ulcers and no more illness.
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• Philippines
21 Nov 11
Diabetes really has so many complications. I am glad your brother reversed his diabetes and I hope he stays healthy. My aunt is on dialysis 2x a week and we know it's only a miracle if she'll survive for a long time, say another ten years. So hard, with all the expenses, etc. Anyway, let's keep on hoping and praying for their complete recovery. :)
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• United States
21 Nov 11
My brother reversed his type 2 diabetes with diet. Not low carb, but Weight Watchers. Just portion control and eating healthy foods allowed him to lose 147 pounds and his diabetes went away. He used to have very bad ulcers on his legs that wouldn't heal. His heart, kidneys and liver were suffering too. Now he has a clean bill of health. He couldn't walk before and now he walks between 5 and 7 miles a day 5 days a week.. depending on the route he takes is the difference in mileage. I'm so proud of him.
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@hvedra (1623)
21 Nov 11
Your brother has done really well, you are right to be proud of him. I think weight loss in general will help a lot of people but I've also come across a lot of people who can be almost addicted to carbs - like my DH craving chocolate after a meal even though there were carbs in it.
@GardenGerty (79246)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 11
My brother was diagnosed with diabetes and put on Metformin in March. He was allergic to it and was given another medicine. He finally got serious about his food, and has just in general reduced the amount of refined carbs he takes in. He also went back to lifting weights. He travels for his job, so he just gave himself some general guidelines. He does not do sandwiches, or burgers, but does salads for his meals. He eats a lot more vegetables. If they do make sandwiches at home he uses flatbread. He has been able to quit taking his medicine as of October. He says they told him to continue eating this way, to lose weight, which is hard for him and to continue exercising. I guess the key for him is eating lots of non starchy veggies. Do not count potatoes as your vegetable.
@hvedra (1623)
21 Nov 11
I guess it's extra hard if you are the only one on the special diet and everyone else is eating whatever they want. I initially asked because DH is overweight and showing symptoms. I've put both of us on a low carb, high veg diet and he's noticed some improvement already. Before he'd have a meal and start craving chocolate soon after. Now he just has the meal and is satisfied with that. Because we are both doing the diet I think it will be easier.
@bubuth (1816)
• Philippines
10 Feb 12
Avoiding eating food that is high in sugar and avoiding eating too much rice can help to minimize your sugar level. When my grandma has get mild stroke because of her diabetes the doctor advice her to eat only fruits and vegetables like apple and carrots. She become healthy again after following the doctor said. I think herbal medicine also really help..
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@WakeUpKitty (8717)
• Netherlands
17 Nov 11
Atkins wrote about it so did others long before him. Perhaps you can find more info about it on the internet/library?
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@Mashnn (4505)
17 Nov 11
Iam not sure whether it is possible to reverse diabetes as it is considered as a chronic disease but what I know is that it is very manageable. The most importanct thing that works well is combination of medication, exercise and diet. Diet depends on caloric intake of individual and how high the blood sugar level is.