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Reverse Diabetes] Stabilize blood sugar with a healthy lifestyle! 3 % of patients do not need to take more diabetes drugs
Text : Yoko Cheung Photo: Kenji Lo
“Did you take medicine today?” Compared to a greeting, for diabetics, they may want to hear the words that remind them to take medicine. People with type 2 diabetes are prescribed a variety of drugs from the moment they are diagnosed. In addition to a variety of drugs to control blood sugar of diabetes, accompanied by overweight ask questions of people with diabetes , need to take blood pressure lowering drugs, cholesterol-lowering drugs. Sometimes there are too many pills, the patient will confuse the medicine or forget to take the medicine; even if the medicine is taken on time, it does not mean that the disease is controlled, and eventually it may still need to continue to add medicine. Like people with diabetes in drug swamp, reduce the dosage, do not take medicine, for them to say , if never an option. However, in the Netherlands, patients do not rely on drugs to control blood sugar, successfully reversed diabetes ( reverse diabetes ) .
High blood sugar , blood sugar medicine to lower blood sugar; and high blood pressure, blood pressure medicine to lower blood pressure. This treatment seems reasonable, but seeing each patient taking 6-8 drugs, the diabetes has not improved, the Dutch diabetes professor Dr. Hanno Piji frustrated, found : “Do not start from the patient’s lifestyle Treatment, repairing damage caused by poor eating habits, lack of sleep, excessive stress, lack of exercise, is actually not helpful. ”
Diabetes has become one of the important problems of public health in many countries in recent years . This long-term disease caused by the bad habits of urban people, according to the World Health Organization, there were 422 million people worldwide suffering from diabetes in 2014 ; in Hong Kong, every 10 people have 1 One is the patient. Although aware Road pathogens, but has led to drug therapy, the patient not only to withstand the side effects of drugs, but with the growth of sick time, eat more and more drugs. Dr. Piji believes that treating diabetes with drugs is a cure for the symptoms. He advocates changing lifestyle habits, starting with diet management and sports, helping them to reduce their dependence on diabetes, and even without taking medication, blood sugar can still maintain normal levels .
Reverse diabetes in four areas to change the life to live
There are four major factors in life that affect diabetes – diet, exercise, stress, and sleep, each of which has an impact on blood sugar fluctuations. Dr. Piji suggested that patients who consulted him should start controlling blood sugar from these four aspects. In terms of diet, patients should know how to choose food, avoid processed food and starch, and starch processed food is even more impossible. Processed foods contain a lot of sugar, salt, saturated fatty acids, all kinds of seasonings, these substances will mislead the body taken into the more calories; and starchy foods can affect the glycemic index, so that blood sugar instability. “Diabetes should be eaten sparingly, although it is not easy. ”
People with diabetes need to know how to “choose” ingredients .
“Sports, we do not want to run a marathon patient, just Richangshenghuo, make the low-intensity exercise is enough enough . For example in order to replace the stair lifts, walk, take to reduce vehicle while in the Netherlands, we will encourage patients Riding a bicycle and reducing the number of cars, but I have not seen a bicycle for a few days in Hong Kong.” The craze for sharing bicycles has been carried out in Hong Kong for some time, but Dr. Piji encourages patients to be more stunned . In fact, simply in the office inside can be done on ︰ “movement is more important for the Hong Kong people, after they sit at the computer all day, motionless. in fact, only every 30 minutes or every hour standing, walking a few minutes, may have been a great Change. ”
As for stress management , it is a major issue in the Netherlands, and Hong Kong is even worse. When the patient’s mental state is in a state of tension for a long time, the body is prone to secrete too much adrenaline, so that the blood sugar level soars, which is very dangerous for diabetics. Dr. Piji advise patients to meditate, to stop and sort out his thoughts, remove distractions, to achieve the effect of decompression ︰ ” Stress is difficult to avoid, but there are ways to cope .
Stress can affect blood sugar stability , and people with diabetes need to manage stress and avoid high blood sugar .
The final category of sleep is easier for patients than the first three. Establish a regular sleep habit and sleep 7-8 hours a day. Before going to bed one to one and a half hours, to avoid the use of electronic production of goods and watch TV, so as not to affect the quality of sleep .
The suggestion of good living habits , I believe that not only people with diabetes, but also many people have heard it, but in reality, it is easy to do. When it is not self-management, assisted by professionals may be another way out .
Voeding Leeft , a non-profit organization in the Netherlands , is implementing the Diabetes Life Change Program in the local area, Reverse Diabetes2 . A team of nurses, dieticians, sports coaches and other professionals will help diabetics change their lifestyles, control their blood sugar, and gradually reduce their medications within six months . The team will instill diabetes knowledge into patients, let them know that their diabetes is closely related to their living habits, and then help them build good habits in diet, exercise, stress and sleep. For example, teach patients to cook, guide them to meditate, help them face temptations, and so on. “This project aims to realize patient, for the rest of the way of life, they need to change the current way of life.” Voeding Leeft Asia-Pacific Program Director Frank Kusse revealed .
Reverse Diabetes2 has been in the Netherlands for several years, and Frank points out that more than 90% of participants can reverse diabetes. When the three adults completed the plan, they no longer need to rely on drugs to control blood sugar. Four adults reduced their medication. Although there were no changes in the dosage of the two adults, they successfully lost weight and the glycemic index was more stable. Dr. Piji, a consultant at Reverse Diabetes 2, explained that the effect of diabetes reversal depends on the patient’s ability to make insulin and whether or not to follow the team’s recommendations to change lifestyle habits .
Type II diabetes in the past has been seen as a long-term disease worsening , patients can only control the disease through dosing; but now medical study found that the implementation of a healthy lifestyle, can be longer, sustained and stable blood sugar, so patients off from Dosing The loop. Even if you can’t cure diabetes, it can delay the deterioration of your condition and help improve the quality of life of people with diabetes. The medicine box distance for diabetes is turned into a jewelry box, and the road is not far away .
Frank Kusse, Head of Voeding Leeft Asia Pacific Program (left )
Reverse Diabetes2 Consultant Dr. Hanno Piji (right )