November 21, 2012
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Twins' Lifestyles Show How to Overcome Diabetes
A 10-year study demonstrated that lifestyle intervention—moderately increasing physical activity while improving overall dietary habits—was nearly twice as effective as the prescription drug Metformin in helping prediabetic adults control their blood sugar levels. In some cases, these small lifestyle changes have halted the development of diabetes altogether.
The brightest example of the effectiveness of lifestyle intervention is a man who took part in the 10-year study after his identical twin brother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The twins shared similar eating habits, they both played basketball and they obviously share common genes. The brother diagnosed with diabetes was a mere 20 pounds heavier than his prediabetic brother at the time of his diagnosis.
Drugs and conventional type 2 diabetes treatments are minimally effective at best. Through small lifestyle changes—portion control, golfing and jogging, in addition to weekly basketball—the twin with prediabetes was able to lose 14 pounds and normalize his blood sugar. He has stayed diabetes-free without the use of medications for 16 years.
Simple Steps to Treat the Cause of Diabetes
Know someone at risk for type 2 diabetes? Here are four easy lifestyle changes that can significantly lower their risk starting today:
- Overcome weight-loss resistance via detoxification. The accumulation of toxins throughout the human body interferes with natural hormone function and promotes the storage of fat. Weight loss is widely recognized as a key to reducing risk of diabetes. Detoxifying helps normalize the function of bodily hormones, which in turn promotes weight loss.
- Reduce intake of sugars and artificial sweeteners. The modern American diet is overloaded with sugars, refined carbohydrates and high fructose corn syrup. Excess sugar causes weight gain and artificial food cravings, while providing the body with no essential nutrients. Type 2 diabetes is directly affected by increased intake of sugar. Reducing intake of sugar enables your body to begin burning fat—not sugar—as its primary source of fuel.
- Exercise more efficiently. High-intensity, short-duration surge training helps regulate blood sugar and promotes a healthy hormone response. Typical exercise, like jogging on a treadmill for 30 minutes at a time, can actually cause the hormone cortisol to store fat, rather than burn it. Surge training allows you to do twice the work in the same time, while also preventing the accumulation of abdominal fat, which is directly linked to the development of type 2 diabetes.
- Receive regular spinal correction. The spinal cord controls the function of every system and organ in your body. Any pinches or pressure to the spinal cord interfere with its function. To ensure that your body continues to work at its optimum capacity, a healthy spinal cord is necessary. Specific spinal correction maintains the integrity of your spine which, in turn, protects the life-giving spinal cord.
Type 2 diabetes is a disease of lifestyle. By ignoring the little facets of everyday lifestyle, we ignore opportunities to improve our overall quality of life. Whether you’re diabetic, prediabetic or perfectly healthy, lifestyle intervention can help you fight disease before it starts.
What You Can Do
Lifestyle change requires information and interaction. Maximized Living wellness doctors are experts in all essential aspects of health. For more information, contact your nearest Maximized Living wellness doctor today.
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