A 3-Step Plan to Getting Off Diabetes Medications for Good
Getting a diagnosis of diabetes can be a shock – especially if you don’t know much about the disease – or if you do know about it but what you know is pretty negative.
Being told that you have diabetes doesn’t mean that there’s nothing that you can do. Contrary to the popular belief that diabetes is permanent, you can not only stop the disease, but you can reverse your diagnosis of it as well.
However, it will take a strong mindset on your part and the willingness to keep focused on the end goal. You don’t live a certain lifestyle that causes diabetes to occur and then change it in a day.
It might take several days or weeks to get your glucose levels under control, but you can do it. You can lose weight and change your health for the better by following a 3-step plan, which will take you off the diabetes medication and keep you off of it for good.
Step 1 is engaging in nutritional awareness. Nutrition is the key to coming off of diabetes medication. When you’re taking medicine for the disease, the reason is because your cells can’t properly use the insulin that your body makes.
They’ve become resistant and part of the reason is because there’s too many fat cells. But altering the way that you eat can change all of that. You need a diet that’s based on whole grains, moderate intake of fruits, with vegetables and lean protein.
The best diet for you to not need your medication is a low carb diet. Some people choose to follow a vegetarian diet and that works well also. What you want to do is to choose a diet that leaves the starches and sugary foods behind. These can trigger a desire to overeat and they’re just not that healthy for you.
Step #2 is to get moving! Exercise is another key to reversing your diabetes to the point where you no longer need to take medication.
You’ll want to engage in aerobics exercise along with some type of strength or resistance training. But, wait! Don’t think you can only job or lift weights. There are many other, fun, and easier ways to get your heart rate up and develop muscle strength.
I have structural damage to my spine and joints, so jogging is just plain painful. What I do is use a Pilates Power Gym Pro at home, because I also can’t afford to go to a pilates studio or instructor. It is easy on my joints, and my spine isn’t jammed into itself by jogging or aerobics.
If it’s been awhile since you exercised, you can start out with brisk walking. But you’ll want to exercise for at least 20 minutes to half an hour every day. Get a pedometer, join an exercise group, or find a buddy support system to help you stay motivated to work toward your goal.
Every pound that you lose is helping you reverse diabetes and exercise can do that for you.
Step #3 is to get stress under control. Besides nutrition and exercise, keeping the stress you have to deal with to a minimum is also one of the key factors to getting off diabetes medication.
There are two types of stress that can affect someone with diabetes. Those are mental and physical stress. When you’re under stress, it can be harder to have the mindset that you want to control or reverse the diabetes.
When you’re under stress, it can trigger a hormone release. These stress hormones then raise the glucose levels higher than what they normally are. Keep the stress in your life as low as possible.
Easier said than done, right? Actually, doing pilates or yoga really can help with your stress levels. Of course, it depends on the type and the source of the stress.