While science is still trying to reverse diabetes nature has already found a way for many people. The reason for this is very simple. The vast majority of diabetes is directly related to lifestyle. Poor eating habits combined with a lack of exercise provides the right combination to become diabetic.
University of Florida researchers have been successful at reversing diabetes in mice using stem cells. The cells were taken from the pancreas in the early stages of development. The cells were then injected in the mice. A few days later the cells began to act like normal non-diabetic cells. The study lasted for 3 months and during the time of the study the immune system did not attack the stem cells. Unfortunately they could not determine how long it would last.
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One basic point to consider is the fact that a Harvard study suggested that 85-90% of diabetes cases are directly related to poor eating and exercise habits. If someone can reverse diabetes using science one simple question to ask is, how long will it last if the diabetic does not change his or her lifestyle habits? Common sense tells us that you can get rid of many diseases with a drug or surgery but if you don’t take care of the cause of the disease it will still come back. We know this very well with cancer, another lifestyle disease.
So what are some of the foods that you should avoid? A good start would be to reduce or eliminate fast food, junk food, foods containing high fructose corn syrup, excess amounts of animal proteins including meats and dairy, and unhealthy fats like saturated fat and trans-fat. Drinks to avoid include sodas, alcohol, coffee and milk.
So what can you eat? Start by adding plenty of green vegetables to your diet. They are high in nutrients and allow your body to process then in a very clean fashion. Add good fats to your diet like avocados, almonds, flax seed oil, olive oil or borage oil. Add low sugar fruits to your diet like lemons, limes and grapefruit. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
A recent study linked high fructose corn syrup to diabetes. Another found that eating almonds after a meal helps to balance your blood sugar and even more studies have found that exercise can balance glucose in Type 2 diabetics. These studies add more credibility to the fact that diabetes is a lifestyle disease.
The hardest part is realizing that you have to undo years of bad habits. Just be sure to start out simple. If you try to make too many changes at once you are apt to become frustrated and quit all together. Make small changes daily and before long you will be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle. Always remember to consult your doctor before changing your diet and adding exercise. You don’t want to overdo it.
When you understand the foods you are eating and drinks you are drinking are creating diabetes you can understand how to change it. By following some simple diet guidelines many people have done just that, reversed diabetes.
Tom Gosselin wrote many articles for www.all-diabetes-articles.com [http://www.all-diabetes-articles.com], a natural resource site for people with diabetes.
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