Here’s yet another reason for making aggressive lifestyle changes that can prevent diabetes, or at least hold it in check: A study by scientists from Yale University has found that more than a fourth of people with diabetes who need insulin to control blood sugar fail to use the prescribed dosage because they can’t afford to buy a large enough supply of the drug.
The price of insulin has more than tripled since 2002, according to a study published April 2016 in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
In the Yale study, 199 insulin-using patients were asked if they ever used less insulin than prescribed or tried to make their insulin last longer between filling prescriptions.
More than a quarter reported that that they skimped on insulin because of price concerns. Those patients were three times more likely to have poor glycemic control as measured by A1C levels.
Science increasingly shows that weight loss can help reverse type 2 diabetes. A new study points to a decline in liver fat as a key step in that process.
Researchers at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom reported that patients who lost weight participating in a Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial saw their liver fat levels go from 16 percent (a very high level) down to a normal level of 3 percent. The results were presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 78th annual Scientific Sessions June 22-26 in Orlando, Fla.
“That change in hepatic fat content is associated with normalizing the export of fat from the liver and normalizing the fat content of the pancreas,” said Roy Taylor, M.D., a professor of medicine and metabolism at Newcastle University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. “We see beta cells wake up and begin producing normal levels of insulin again.”
Some participants in the study were put on a strict weight-loss diet limited to 800 calories a day, while others maintained their usual diets. All antidiabetic medications were withdrawn from both groups for the duration of the study. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was conducted on some patients to measure liver and pancreas fat.
After one year, the mean liver-fat loss among patients in the weight-loss group was 21.5 kilograms (23.14 pounds). Pancreatic fat and triglyceride levels fell to normal, Taylor said, while 37 of 53 patients (69.8 percent) whose A1C levels returned to normal also showed restored insulin response.
This Memorial Day, let’s remember the 252,806 Americans who die each year as a result of diabetes.
The sad thing is, many of those deaths could have been prevented. Type 2 diabetes is not a death sentence, nor is it necessarily a progressive disease. More and more people are learning to control their blood sugar with diet and exercise. In the process, many of them end up healthier than they were BEFORE their diagnosis.
The holiday that marks the official beginning of summer is a great time to start.
Live your best life, in spite of diabetes.
Contrary to what many people think, type 2 diabetes is not a sentence to poor health and a life of misery. In fact, if you start exercising even a modest amount and reduce the amount of processed foods in your diet, you can actually wind up healthier with diabetes than you were before your diagnosis!
Bonny doesn’t fear diabetes. Why should he? After all these years, it has yet to harm him!
Let the original “Type 2 Diabetes Pioneer,” Bonaparte C. Damocles, to help show you the way. Coming up on 27 years since his diagnosis, “Bonny” has never used prescription drugs to control his blood sugar, relying only on diet and exercise as his only medicine.
The result? Now, at age 82, he has not suffered any complications from the disease. In fact, at an age when many people worry about their health failing, Bonny is always looking for ways to get better and better. He fully intends to live to age 100, and wants to encourage you to do the same.
For more inspiration, check out Bonny’s YouTube channel, Type 2 Diabetes Pioneer.
Better yet, read his book, Type 2 Diabetes Pioneer: The No-Drug Success Story That Keeps Getting Better Year After Year – available for just $8.78 on Amazon. (Just $2.99 in Kindle format, or read for free with Kindle Unlimited!)