ASK MR. PEDOMETER & FRIENDS

Q:  Mr. Pedometer, you have provided lots of valuable advice on how to avoid getting Type 2 diabetes.  If one gets that dreaded diagnosis, is there any way to reverse the disease?

A:  Spry Living newspaper insert (Parade.com) listed suggested ways you can work to get rid of the disease (or at least to reduce the amount of medication you need to take).  Even if you cannot completely reverse the disease, you CAN reduce your

  • Weight
  • Blood-sugar
  • Cholesterol level
  • Blood pressure level

The article suggests the following strategies:

  • DON’T CUT CARBS COMPLETELY – consider trying the “rural Asian diet,” recommends Dr. George King, Jr., of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. That diet includes rice, quinoa, lentils, spinach, broccoli, fish, oatmeal, tomatoes, bean sprouts, and eggplant.  Such a diet can help people with diabetes safely and effectively lose weight, says King.
  • TAKE A BREAK FROM MEAT AND DAIRY – Switching to a plant-based diet works for those who don’t want to watch portions closely or count calories, according to Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. However, he warns that one should first check with one’s doctor before dramatically switching one’s diet.
  • EXERCISE AT LEAST EVERY OTHER DAY – “Insulin resistance primarily occurs when muscles fail to absorb glucose from your bloodstream. After a workout, your muscles take in more glucose so your body doesn’t have to work as hard to produce insulin.  This effect lasts about 48 hours.…”
  • TURN DOWN THE HEAT – “Try keeping your house in the mid-60s for at least a few hours a day, and don’t pile on sweaters and blankets to combat the cold.” Dr. King says this may help burn calories and may also help control glucose and reduce insulin resistance.

Mr. Pedometer repeats…

EAT RIGHT, MOVE MORE, BE WELL.