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Can Type 2 Diabetes be Managed with Diet and Exercise Alone?

By July 22, 2009

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Can type 2 diabetes be controlled with only diet and exercise? It is possible to manage type 2 diabetes with diet and exercise, for some people. Not everyone will have the same results. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, blood glucose levels are still too high.

Then medication is necessary, because chronically high blood glucose levels will cause long-term complications of diabetes, such as damage to blood vessels and nerves. This can cause neuropathy (numbness, tingling and pain in your legs or feet), nephropathy (kidney damage) or retinopathy (impaired vision and eventually blindness).

If you have Type 2 diabetes, work with your doctor to see if losing weight, exercise and good eating habits can control your blood glucose. Test your blood glucose often to make sure youíre staying in a good range.

If you are already on medication, donít just stop. Again, work with your doctor to make sure that going off your medication is a good idea for you.

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July 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm
(1) Greg says:

There are great exercises listed on Holosfitness.com that can help you stay active and fight Type II diabetes. The site has hundreds of exercises listed with step-by-step instruction, all of which are FREE!

July 25, 2009 at 11:50 am
(2) Melyssa says:

The way both myself and my father control our diabetes is through diet and exercise only. It is extremely effective! My last A1C was a 5.1 and my fathers was about the same. At risk people should immediately start diet and exercise and then they would head off the damages of diabetes.

July 27, 2009 at 10:30 am
(3) Vikram says:

Melyssa. How old is your father and how old are you. Is your type 2 related to BMI? Also, what kind of diet do both of you follow?

September 27, 2009 at 11:08 pm
(4) Dotty says:

Yes, what is your diet like? give me an example of 1 week of meals. What exercises do you do? How much do you weight? Tell me all you think would be helpful to other type 2 diabetics.

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