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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This Popular "African American Disease" Can Actually Be Reversed

Black woman with diabetes being examined by a doctor

Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Because of its prevalence among African-Americans, some sources are starting to refer to it as the "African American Disease". But this disease, although potentially deadly, can be reversed!
"The term 'reversal' is used when people can go off medication but still must engage in a lifestyle program in order to stay off," says Dr. Ann Albright, the director of diabetes translation at the CDC.

Here are the 4 steps to reverse Type 2 diabetes:
  1. Eat healthy - this means eating lots of fruits and vegetables -- 70 percent vegetables, 30 percent fruit.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight - losing weight helps the body metabolize sugars. It also helps to lower cholesterol.
  3. Get plenty of sleep - short-cutting your sleep can make diabetes worse. It can also affect the hormones that regulate your appetite, which can lead to weight gain and increase your diabetes risk.
  4. Avoid white rice - you may think rice is good for you but this is not true of white rice. According to a recent Harvard study, white rice can increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Eat brown rice instead.
Yes, diabetes reversal can be accomplished, thus eliminating the need for medication and being able to control blood sugar ongoing. But it also means sticking to a regime of healthy eating and exercise!

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