Many hear the term “reverse diabetes” and either get confused, angry or happy. “The term ‘diabetes reversal’ is used when people can go off medication but still must engage in a lifestyle program in order to stay off,” says Ann Albright, PhD, RD. She’s the director of diabetes translation at the CDC. “It also signifies those who improved to the point where their blood sugar level was no longer in the diabetes range.”
There are many benefits to finding ways to reverse type 2 diabetes. A big one is its expense. According to the American Diabetes Association, the combined cost of medical care and lost productivity due to diabetes in the United States exceeded $174 billion in 2007.
People with diabetes pay 2.3 times as much for health care as non-diabetics, and $1 in every $10 spent for health care is attributable to diabetes.
Sadly, even though type 2 diabetes was once considered an adult disease, so many children now receive this diagnosis. Unfortunately, it is now being known as an ‘African American disease’ since so many of us suffer from it.
But don’t lose hope!
The latest science reveals that fine-tuning many long-held health habits may lead to even better results of “reversing” the disease.