I know that, because I did it! 3 years ago I was diagnosed and the doctor offered me the oral meds. My blood sugars weren’t real high and I made up my mind I was going to control this with diet and exercise. I know diabetes will get worse as I get old(er), but for now, I wanted to take control myself.
I lost about 15 pounds over a couple months and started eating better. I never lived at fast food places before, and thought I was eating pretty healthy, but I realized I still needed to change things.
So I started eating less meat, way less red meat, more veggies, more rice, almost all whole grain everything instead of refined grains. And getting some real exercise.
My aiC’s started to get good. That test measures what your blood sugars have been over the last 3 months. My finger stick tests at home were almost always normal, unless I had made an idiot out of myself in some way, like occasionally hitting a Chinese buffet, lol.
For the last 6 months, I’ve been jogging about half a mile inside my house almost every evening. It’s a long, skinny house, and there’s a perfect circuit, around and around. MaChatte probably thinks I’m nuts, and sits there thinking: There she goes again, and she was just here before……….. I put on my favorite piece of music and there I go again. It’s a nice lively song that keeps me in step so I know I’ve gone about half a mile each time. Sometimes I do a mile!
So, with the changes I made and the additional exercise, my last a1C was 5.9 and my doctor announced this is now not diabetes. Just to be sure, I asked him if he was telling me I had reversed diabetes, and he said that is what I have done.
I can’t change anything; I have to keep living the way I have been or it will revert back quickly. But I’m proof that you can change some health conditions and improve your life and your future, if you’re willing to work at it hard enough. I like the things I eat now and to take some time for real exercise every day is something I’m now used to doing.
I hope this might give some hope to somebody out there who wants to improve their health by taking control of it.