If you subscribe to my other website, Supplement-Geek.com you know I recently wrote a review on a product called Diab X which on their website claimed that this product was a Natural Cure for Diabetes. It turns out that there are a lot of people and websites talking about Natural Cures for diabetes – and other conditions. Diabetes is interesting however because as a personal trainer, you will be working with many diabetics and they may ask you if you know of any natural cures. Just in case you missed it, here is my review of Diab X that way you will know what to say if people ask you about this product. It turns out that there REALLY IS a natural cure for diabetes – well, at least one type of diabetes -and that's what I wanted to discuss briefly with you here. After you read this, also read, my posts, Can Type II Diabetes Be Cured as well as It Pays To Be a Type II Diabetic.
Types of Diabetes
When people talk about natural cures for diabetes they are really talking about type II diabetes. This is the type of diabetes that often afflicts people who are overweight. In the US, most people with diabetes have type II diabetes. The other type is called type I diabetes. There is no cure (yet) for type I diabetes and this is why people have to take insulin every day. Some people may have metabolic syndrome. This is basically pre-diabetes. If people keep doing what they are, eventually metabolic syndrome becomes type II diabetes.
Health Tip. If you have darker skin – African American, South American etc, you can see pre-diabetes by looking under your arm pits or having somebody look behind your neck. If the skin is darker than the rest of the body, that's a visual sign that you have metabolic syndrome.
What is the “Natural Cure”?
I've worked with many people over the years who had type II diabetes. One glaring fact is that most of them have never been told that their type II diabetes is preventable and that in most cases, it can be “cured“.
The cure is not a pill or supplement – its exercise and losing weight.
For some reason, nobody takes the time to tell people that if they lost a little weight (as little as 10 lbs in some cases) and exercisesdd a little (20 min a day 3x a week) that type II diabetes starts to get better and in many cases, it goes away – and diabetes will stay away as long as the person maintains a healthy body weight and exercises a few times a week.
The fact that most type II diabetics I see have not heard this news surprises me. I don't know why this is?
Is it that doctors get tired of always saying “you need to lose weight” to people who never do? Is it just easier to say “take this pill”, or down the road (as diabetes gets worse), “take this medicine (insulin) and it will help”?
Diabetics are also lulled into staying a diabetic because many times, they get free stuff – glucose monitors, sneakers etc. For more on this read my post about how it pays to be a type II diabetic.
I think its a combination of both. I think doctors are tired of telling people to take control of their lives and for some doctors, its safer (health-wise) to just start the person on diabetes medications now, rather than wait to the next visit (when the diabetes may have gotten worse).
I know there are people who have type II diabetes who eat well and exercise and they still have type II diabetes. I know they are out there because I run into them every once in a while. These people are in the minority. For them, I know it can be frustrating to do all the right stuff and still have type II diabetes. They should know that regardless of the outcomes, they are still helping themselves and so I encourage them to keep doing what they are doing.
It is the other 99% of people – who don't exercise or lose weight – that I'm speaking to. Diabetes is a devastating condition that will lead to many other bad things happening if you dont do something. Just a few of the things that type II diabetes can lead to includes:
- Heart Attack
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Erectile Dysfunction
Basically, type II diabetes accelerates the aging process, making people grow older – faster – than they normally would.
I write these words not to scare anybody into getting off the sofa and doing the “Biggest Looser” workout. You don't need that. A simple walking program is all that's needed for most people.
Hemoglobin A1C (A1C) is a marker that most diabetics know about. It tells how bad the diabetes is progressing. I once worked with a type II diabetic who was in his mid 40s. He was so unfit that he could not exercise for longer than 20 minutes at a time a moderate pace on the treadmill. We only worked out 2 times a week. After 3 months, he told me that his doctor said that his A1C levels were the best he'd seen in 10 years!
The take home message is that even this tiny amount of exercise made a huge difference!
If you have type II diabetes or pre-diabetes (metabolic syndrome). Talk to your doctor about whether exercise would “cure” you. I'm betting that for most of you, your doctor will say yes. Then,with your doctor, create a wellness and exercise program that will help slowly start to cure yourself from type II diabetes. It will take a little time and you will have to work a little too. But the result is you will have more energy, be healthier and most importantly, you will be around longer for your family to enjoy. In the end that's whats really important. Now Read this interview with a woman who cured her type II diabetes. Prepare to be inspired.
What do you think?