So how do I change my diabetes fate?

Depending on a person’s genetics, weight, motivation and activity levels, if caught early enough, insulin resistance can be improved, and, the progression of rising blood glucose levels can be slowed.

So, ‘reversing’ is probably not be the best description for most people, ‘slowing the progression’ or a ‘diabetes hiatus’ might be more apt. If we can slow the progression enough, we may actually be able to halt type 2 completely for many years.

How can I slow down diabetes?

Unfortunately, you’ve heard it before…. improving the quality and reduce the quantity of the food we eat is the first step. Ensuring you are active regularly is also important.

If you are overweight, particularly if you carry you weight around your middle, a weight reduction will help to slow the process.

How much weight do I need to lose?

That really depends on you and your body type. Current guidelines recommend a waist circumference less than 80cm (32inches) for females and 90cm (36 inches) for males. However, even small amounts 5- 10% of your body weight can make a big difference! There are certain medications, particular ways of eating and psychological support that may all help slow, halt or even trickle back diabetes progression. Your doctor and diabetes team can help you to explore all of these options and develop a plan that’s right for you.

Make the change!
No matter which stage of diabetes (or prediabetes) you’re at, small (or maybe big) changes can slow down its progression. Lifestyle changes may reduce the number of medications your doctor prescribes in the long term, and hopefully, allow you to live a long and healthy life.

If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes and would like to know more about how best to manage the condition, you can join or explore our personalised 12 week diabetes program. The first week is free!

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