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Re: can diabetes be reversed by minimising refined carbohydrates?

Date: Fri Apr 2 21:03:38 2004
Posted By: Jeffrey Utz, Software Engineer
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 1079527821.Me

This is a very good question.

There are two main types of diabetes.

Type I diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent 
diabetes, is an autoimmune disease. It occurs when the immune system 
attacks the pancreatic cells that make insulin. Insulin controls blood 
sugar. With type I diabetes, insulin is required to control blood sugar. 
However, proper diet, including limiting refined sugars, is required to 
achieve good blood sugar control and to decrease the risk of long-term 
complications of diabetes.

Type II diabetes, also called adult-onset diabetes or non-insulin 
dependent diabetes, results from the body not responding to the insulin 
that the body makes. This is condition results from a combination of 
genetic factors that can't be controled and factors that people can 
control. The two biggest causes that can be controlled are being 
overweight and not getting enough excercise. People who are risk for type 
II diabetes who lose weight and get more excercise are much less 
likely to get type II diabetes.

People who already have type II diabetes can control it by eating a good 
diet, losing weight and getting excercise. If this is not enough to 
control diabetes, medications and insulin may be required. A good diet 
includes a diet that is relatively low in carbohydrates, especially 
refined sugars and starches and allows the person to maintain a good 
weight (i.e., that is usually lose weight).

OK, after all that, I still did not answer your question: Is it possible 
to reverse diabetes by deleting refined sugars from the diet? Eating a 
diet that is low in refined sugars and starches is very important in 
controlling diabetes and keeping blood sugar in the proper range. 

However, once you have type II diabetes, you almost always have it for 
life. If you lose weight and get lots of excercise and don't eat many 
refined sugars and starches, and control your blood sugar, you prevent 
complications from diabetes.

So I guess the answer to your question is that minimizing refined 
carbohrydates is very important in controlling diabetes and preventing 
complications from it, but is not all that is necessary.

More infomration on diabetes may be found here:
qs.htm#cure, especially 
the "All about diabetes secton" on 
the left.

Thanks for your excellent question.

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