Losing weight and decreasing sugar in the diet can go a long in way in managing diabetes and in some cases (like pre-diabetes) even preventing Diabetes. This condition is caused due to high blood sugar levels which could be due to obesity resulting in insulin resistance, or insufficient insulin produced by the pancreas. While, losing weight and decreasing sugar are highly beneficial in maintaining healthy sugar levels, protecting your heart and ensuring better overall health; their impact on your diabetes varies. This is dependent on the following factors:
- The main cause of your diabetic condition
- How high your blood sugar levels are
- After what period of time was your diabetic condition diagnosed
- Levels of insulin being produced in the pancreas
Based on these factors you will fall under one of the following categories:
People with pre-diabetes are on the borderline and can end up with diabetes if they are not careful. The good news here is that with lifestyle management, losing weight and eating healthy, you can reverse your situation! At this stage the blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes. Typically, sugar levels for a pre-diabetic are:
Fasting blood sugar levels – 100 to125 mg/dL
After meal glucose levels – 140 to 199 mg/dL
HbA1c – 5.7-6.4%
While, your blood sugar levels are in this stage, you can reverse your condition naturally with a healthy diet and exercise regime. Not consuming refined sugar and losing weight are good ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, it is important to monitor sugar levels regularly. Also, just losing weight once and eating healthy for a few months is not enough. As this a lifestyle disease, the treatment also requires lifestyle changes. If left ignored, the glucose levels can rise again after few months and even result in Diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
This form of diabetes happens when the body cannot properly process the insulin formed by the pancreas resulting in insulin resistance. However, even in this stage certain people can reverse their condition if their blood sugar values did not exceed 125 mg/dL in fasting and 199 mg/dL after meals. In most cases, insulin resistance occurs due to excess weight gain and an unhealthy diet. Making healthy lifestyle changes such as a regular workout regime and healthy meals can lower blood sugar levels considerably.
Type 1 Diabetes
In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas is unable to produce any insulin in the body, making you insulin dependent. At this stage, a cure is no longer possible but a healthy regime can certainly help maintain the sugar levels. Also, a healthy lifestyle at this stage can prevent other complications such as high cholesterol, heart problems, hypertension etc. which are more at risk with Diabetes.
Thus you can see that in many cases an early and timely diagnosis can help instantly manage sugar levels. Also, keep in mind, there is no medicine as effective as a healthy lifestyle. Eating balanced nutritious meals and being physically active can do wonders in keeping your blood sugar levels normal.