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How to control type 2 diabetes with just diet?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Low carb, exercise: Assuming your diabetes is mild, start by restricting carbohydrates (a food group) eat much less of that. Also exercise, to improve fitness and reduce central belly fat. The less obese/overweight you are, the better you can handle your diabetes. If your diabetes is long standing, and not well controlled, talk to your doctor. Diet may not be enough.

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A 27-year-old male asked:

Why is it that type 2 diabetes patients take insulin? Wouldn't that just be controlled by diet?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Progression: Insulin is needed to bring sugar into the cells. Early on, diet might be able to keep blood sugar at bay but as your own Insulin stop working or become less effective, you need stronger agents, such as insulin. Severe type 2 diabetics will eventually make no insulin, thus requiring Insulin replacement.

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Last updated Feb 15, 2014

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