Stopping type 2 diabetes is not an easy task. Its akin to standing on the railroad tracks and trying to stop a freight train at full speed. Unless you’re superman, you don’t stand a chance.
I liken the process of stopping type 2 diabetes (which is possible in my opinion by the way) to getting that freight train to instigate its braking system a few miles away from where you are standing on that rail line. This way the freight train will be able to slow its speed gradually over a longer distance so that it comes to a complete stop well and truly before it reaches you.
I believe living with type 2 diabetes is one of those illnesses that many people take for granted. Its not like a broken leg, or strained hamstring, or a sprained ankle that causes you discomfort each and every day. Instead it insidiously sits in your system and kills off tiny parts of you day by day where you don’t notice it because it happens so slowly and is therefore something you aren’t usually even aware is happening inside you.
You know how sometimes you meet someone you haven’t seen in perhaps twenty years, and your initial reaction is ‘man you’ve aged’ (they probably think the same about you), well that process took place over twenty odd years (for both of you) but the change took place daily and slowly so neither of you would have been aware of it. Your partner who you live with wouldn’t notice it either. These subtle changes occur over time and its not until you look at a reference point (ie a photo, or a video) from some time back that you notice the changes.
Type 2 diabetes is just like that. You don’t usually notice the insidious adverse changes and damage that is occurring to your body, which is why you need to do your best to think forward a few years and plan your lifestyle and your eating to stop that freight train well in advance of it ever reaching you.
In answer to the headline, yes type 2 diabetes can be stopped, but it requires forethought and action , and a change of mindset in you. Reflect on how your life might be in twenty years, and ask yourself whether you want to have your feet amputated from having developed gangrene, or whether you want to have to undergo kidney dialysis twice a week because your kidney function has been destroyed, or whether you want to go blind from retinopathy. I’m guessing you don’t want any of these things to happen to you (and that doesn’t even mention the additional risks of heart disease and stroke that type 2 diabetics experience). So you need to plan well ahead and make the changes now.
Adopting a simple eating and exercise regime will give you every opportunity to slow that freight train down and possibly even stop it in its tracks. Eat lots of fruits and green vegetables (low GI types). Avoid the starchy types. Drink lots of water and green tea and try and do at least thirty minutes of exercise EVERY day. Even training with weights will help build and maintain muscle mass (which we tend to lose as we age- so use it or lose it)
If you already have type 2 diabetes, then this article applies to you big time. If you are pre-diabetic, then you still have an opportunity to turn things around. Either way the solution is the same for both, a change to a healthier, more wholesome (even Vegan or Vegetarian) diet and regular exercise every day.