Many people ask can I reverse my diabetes with diet.
From a diagnostic standpoint, once you have type 2 diabetes you have it. But from a physiological standpoint many people can and do reverse their diabetes, no matter how long they’ve had diabetes.
‘Diabetes remission’ and ‘diabetes reversal/ reversed’ are two common interchangeable terms used in scientific research.
Being ‘well-controlled’ is another term that’s frequently used by dietitians and doctors. Although it is similar, being ‘well-controlled’ can have a slightly different meaning to having diabetes that’s in ‘remission’ or ‘reversed.’
For instance, ‘remission’ and ‘reversed’ would most commonly indicate that a person has achieved and is maintaining normal blood glucose and is off all/most medications, achieving these outcomes predominantly through diet and lifestyle changes.
While being well-controlled may indicate that a person uses a combination of diet, lifestyle and various diabetes medications as a way to achieve healthier blood glucose levels.
The role of diet
What we know is that the way you eat plays a critical role in helping with “reversal” of diabetes.
Dietary change alone can lead to better A1c outcomes than prescribing common medications like Metformin.
Dietary change helps reduce risk of diabetes complications and improves other health biomarkers such as weight, blood pressure and cholesterol.
In the past couple of years, research has shown there are 2 dietary methods that are getting the best outcomes:
1. A very low calorie diet
Professor Roy Taylor from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, has now conducted a number of studies that show a very low calorie diet, under 800 calories a day, leads to diabetes reversal. You should not attempt to follow a very low calorie diet without guidance from your doctor.
While very low cal can be effective in the short term, living on a very low calorie diet is not a proven strategy long term.
As you can imagine, calorie restriction produces:
- Can lead to nutritional deficiency
- Inability to socialize
- And places lifelong demand on willpower
There is another approach that is more sustainable long term…
2. A low-carbohydrate diet
Here at DMP we encourage people with type 2 diabetes to follow a low carb diet.
Using a low carb diet for the treatment of type 2 diabetes was the key topic of Dr Jedha’s PhD (DMP Founder).
Dr Jedha and the DMP Team have been researching and working in this area for many years now and we know from experience that this way of eating helps people get results, and most importantly, maintain them – read our member testimonials and stories.
Based on years of research and experience, Dr Jedha also created the T2Diet Program, which guides people step-by-step on exactly what to eat to lower A1c, weight and medications.
And we’re proud to say that many of our members reverse their type 2 diabetes by achieving normal blood sugar.
A low carb eating plan is easy to follow and very flexible too, so overall we’ve found its the best long-term strategy.
That’s really how you have to think about it – as a life-long healthy eating plan, not just a “diet.”
Focus on eating whole foods lower in carbs like fresh vegetables, lower carb fruits, dairy products, meat, poultry, nuts and seeds, small amounts of beans and legumes, olive oil, olives, avocados and more.
To get started with treating your diabetes with diet – view our recommended food list.