How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

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While type 2 diabetes cannot be reverse, complications can be prevented by maintaining a healthy body weight, eating several small meals a day and exercising regularly. Take diabetes medications as prescribed by a doctor with advice from a family nurse practitioner in this free video on diabetes treatments.

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You might be wondering, how do you reverse Type 2 Diabetes? Hi I'm Amy Bull. Professor and Nurse Practitioner at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Your other question might be, how do I prevent complications? They're sort of the same thing. Type 2 Diabetes, there is no cure at this point, but it can definitely be controlled. And complications can be prevented. First of all, maintaining ideal body weight. Loosing five to seven percent of your body weight can help prevent the complications, and actually reverse some of the problems of Diabetes. Healthy eating is important in the Type 2 diabetic. You need to eat several meals a day that are small, and evenly spaced. The reason for this is to keep your blood sugar steady throughout the day, rather than having unexpected highs and lows. This is actually better for you in the long run, and will prevent complications. Besides healthy eating and controlling your body weight, you need to have regular daily exercise. Thirty minutes a day is recommended. If you're on medications, it's important that you take the medications as prescribed. If you forget a dose, don't simply double up on the dose. But check with your health care provider about what you can do if you miss a dose. It's important that you take your medications, eat healthy, exercise, maintain a healthy body weight, and see your health care provider on a regular basis.


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