Pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes

Pre-diabetes, as well as full-blown type 2 diabetes are on the increase, so much so that in 2010 the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a mandate for all nations to take action to combat the spread. In 2015, The International Diabetes Federation reported that more than 400 million people were living with diabetes. Experts predict that if this trend continues, by the year 2040, 1.8 billion people around the world will be diabetic. This article and the research cited within focuses on the growing recognition by diabetes researchers that the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) and foods high in sugar content may be a main cause of pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), overweight, and obesity. A practical and natural solution is also being given for tackling these conditions.

Diabetes type 2 and sugar

Normally, sugar is converted into the simple sugar, glucose. Then, insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, assists in moving the glucose into the cells of the body. A normally functioning pancreas adjusts the amount of insulin produced based on the level of glucose in the blood. If one has diabetes, blood sugar levels become too high and a healthy or normal balance is lost. My research has found that type 2 diabetes commonly occurs when one consumes an excess amount of refined sugar over an extended period. Unlike with type 1 diabetes, where the pancreas produces very little or no insulin, with type 2 diabetes, the pancreas produces an adequate amount of insulin, but the cells are resistant to the hormone.

Weight Gain and Increase in Cases of Type 2 Diabetes

According to Dr. Sanjay Basu Ph.D., an Epidemiologist from Stanford University cited in the Stanford Medicine newsletter in an article written by Digitale (2013): Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine, the University of California-Berkley and the University of California-San Francisco examined data on sugar availability and diabetes rates from 175 countries over the past decade. After counting for obesity and a large array of other factors, the researchers found that increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher diabetes rates, independent of obesity rates. Their study was published in Feb. 27 in PLOS ONE. [1]

FB Hu and VS Malik (2010) put forth: Research suggests that sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption is a risk factor for overweight and obesity as well as several cardio-metabolic conditions, especially T2DM. [2]

Overweight and obesity

The human body is a remarkable mechanism able to heal itself when given the right foods. Lifestyle Medicine, the application of healthy eating to allow the body to heal itself is gaining momentum in the medical field. As a diabetes researcher and lifestyle strategist who once almost lost his life to type 2 diabetes, my research, which saved my life, showed that pre-diabetes can be reversed and type 2 diabetes can go into remission by using a three-pronged approach. This includes:

  1. Low calorie diabetic diet: This facilitates weight loss.
  2. Diabetic exercise: Exercise designed for diabetics facilitates burning off the excess sugar buildup in the body, plus, weight loss. The way this occurs is that once the sugar has been burnt off, the body turns to fat for energy. The first of the fat to burn off is the thin layer coating the red blood cells. Once that layer of fat is burned off, red blood cells responsible for carrying sugar to the muscles to be used for energy are exposed and begin to absorb sugar and transport it to the muscles. The cells which had become insulin resistant are restored to insulin sensitivity. The diabetes is then in remission.
  3. Vitamins: A diabetic often requires vitamin supplementation. Vitamin supplementation can speed up the effectiveness of above two methods.

The man accredited as the father of Mathematics, Abn al Haytham, also known as Al Hazeen, taught his students about the importance of evidence-based conclusions. After consulting with several health care practitioners, I carried out my own research and experimentation. I was determined to achieve weight loss and reverse my type 2 diabetes. The development of my three-pronged approach allowed me to achieve my goals in only three weeks. This became my direct evidence of its effectiveness and confirmation of the growing assertion that tackling the problem of excess sugar in the body and weight loss can produce the reversal of T2DM. In 2009 when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I had a blood sugar level of 21.7 millimoles/L—a life-threatening quantity. After three weeks on my program, my blood sugar level was normal. With continued practice of the specific exercises given in my weight loss/diabetes program, I have gone from an overweight 220 pounds to my suggested healthy weight of 180 pounds. To this day I remain type 2 diabetes free and at the same healthy weight.

The above three steps have been endorsed by Prof. S.M. RAJENDRAN. M.D., FRCP(GLAS), D.Sc. and Professor of Diabetology and Medicine and are available to the public globally at the website Just For Diabetics. Adherence to the above three-pronged system can certainly and easily allow a pre-diabetic to lose weight and overcome their condition. It can also put diabetes into remission while allowing for weight loss at the same time, as I myself achieved. Reaching these goals further brings about a reduction in the chances of acquiring heart disease or having a stroke; two of the top causes of a diabetic’s and overweight person’s death.

As a Lifestyle Strategist trained in the culinary field, my personal experience with weight loss and healing from type 2 diabetes using lifestyle medicine—healthy eating, exercise, and vitamins—was featured in WebMD in 2016.

Managing Diabetes

Most commonly, type 2 diabetes is managed through the use of prescription drugs. Managing diabetes in this manner has allowed the condition—which can be reversed—to proliferate worldwide. Managing diabetes means the victim will always remain a diabetic. While managing diabetes, you can apply the three-pronged method of lifestyle medicine to reverse your condition and achieve loss of excess weight. You should also confer with your doctor when adding this method to your lifestyle.

Article Author: Ernest Quansah, Lifestyle Strategist, Type 2 Diabetes Researcher, and Author