Ask any health professional how people react when told they have a chronic disease, and the common response is 'What can you do about it?' Few people ask 'What can I do about it?’
Of course, the health professional’s answer will usually be to take some form of medication and then we think it’s the end of the story. Problem solved. No more worries.
But it’s not the end of the story at all. You’re not automatically fixed by taking a pill every day and with a disease such as Type 2 diabetes, the medication will only help to lower glucose levels in your blood. That’s the symptom, not the problem.
If you keep eating whatever you like, paying no mind to your metabolic health, your body still won’t be functioning as it should. Your metabolism will remain distressed, and your body will still be full of inflammation.
This is why Type 2 diabetes is known as a progressive disease. Even with medication, your disease will progress without major lifestyle changes until you then become insulin dependent, undergo horrific limb amputations or suffer vision impairment.
So, taking a pill or an injection every day is not the end of your problems if you have Type 2 diabetes.
Good news is, it can be reversed. You still have a pancreas that is producing insulin and it’s able to control your blood sugar levels. Your body is still capable of doing its job but, just as a bath overflowing while the tap’s still running, it will struggle unless you turn off that tap.
We see it every day on AstonRX where our clients return to their doctor to ask their blood tests to be reviewed and they’re no longer pre-diabetic, insulin resistant or even diabetic. They turned off the tap.
It’s all in the management or not even getting to this point in the first place.
It takes 10-15 years for the damage from eating and drinking foods that spike your blood glucose levels too much and too frequently to take hold. This will impede your liver from functioning well, increase the risk of heart disease, blood pressure and diabetes.
If you don’t amend your ways even when taking medication, it’s like taking the poison and the antidote at the same time. Futile, irresponsible; so easily avoided and reversed with a few lifestyle changes that you won’t even notice after a week.