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Reverse Type II Diabetes

One of the fastest growing diseases today is type II diabetes and while it can not actually be cured an article in WebMD posted on September 2, 2011 tells us how it is possible to reverse it.

At 53 years old, Kim Parrish knew she had an increased risk of type II diabetes because both sides of her family had a history of the disease but despite the increased risks she still chose to ignore the issue. That is until her blood sugar levels went off the charts in March of 2010.

"Knowing what you have to do is not the problem," says Parrish, an antiques seller in Sharpsville, Pa. "The problem is doing it." "The blood work was so bad it scared me," she says. "Now, I'm trying really hard."

Karen discovered that her disease was already damaging her eyes threatening her with blindness, as well as increasing her risk of heart problems, kidney failure, stroke, and other serious health concerns that come with diabetes.

Karen has been lucky so far. Changes in her diet, trips to the pool and regular walks have forced her diabetes into retreat.

"If you take obesity out of the picture, your diabetes will improve dramatically," says Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD, the medical director of the Obesity Clinical Program at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

Lowering carbohydrate intake is crucial, says Betul Hatipoglu, MD, an endocrinologist at the Cleveland Clinic, because too many carbohydrates will cause your blood sugar levels to spike. But dealing with diabetes requires paying attention to your whole diet.

Here are some other tips that could help you to decrease your risk of type II diabetes or if you have already been diagnosed put this disease on the run.

Pass on the peas, corn, carrots, and other starchy vegetables. Focus instead on leafy greens.

Get most of your protein from poultry rather than red meat.

Eat oily fish twice a week - it's full of healthy fat.

Pick breads that have a lot of fiber.

Make an appointment with a dietitian or nutritionist. The appointment is often covered by insurance.

"That's a jump-start to weight loss," Hamdy says. "It's very good for beginners."

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