Diabetes is a dangerous disease that is connected to many other health issues. Diabetes increases your risk for developing certain types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, neuropathy, and kidney disease. Studies have shown that it also increases the chance of dying from these diseases. The CDC reports that nearly 10% of Americans have diabetes. However, diabetes is a disease that can be treated naturally since so many risk factors are controllable.

Risk Factors

There are several risk factors for diabetes that are uncontrollable such as genetic predisposition, age, and race. However, Harvard University states that “Although the genes you inherit may influence the development of type 2 diabetes, they take a back seat to behavioral and lifestyle factors. Data from the Nurses’ Health Study suggest that 90 percent of type 2 diabetes in women can be attributed to five such factors: excess weight, lack of exercise, a less-than-healthy diet, smoking, and abstaining from alcohol.” The same is true for men. The uncontrollable risk factors such as genetics are not as strong as the controllable ones: mainly diet and exercise.

Work Towards Reversing Diabetes

The best way to work towards reversing diabetes is to focus on the controllable risk factors. The American Heart Association states that by managing the controllable risk factors such as diet and exercise, “patients with diabetes may avoid or delay the development of heart and blood vessel disease.”

You can keep your blood sugars in check by:

-Eating an anti-inflammatory diet
-Getting a minimum of 30 minutes of daily exercise
-Avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol

Of course, consistently making healthy choices is not always the easiest to do on your own. At Complete Care Health Centers, we know the benefits of using a health coach in order to achieve your goals. You can work towards reversing diabetes by changing your relationship with food, and we have helped thousands of people do that. If you’re interested in decreasing your risk for heart disease, cancer, and other fatal diseases, consider using our Vitality Success Program. See your provider today to see if our program is right for you.