Achieving and maintaining remission for a type 2 diabetic can be life changing. It would mean sustained, normal blood sugar levels and that you will not need to take medication any further to manage the condition. Purition can certainly help you on this journey!
Although currently there is no permanent cure for type 2 diabetes, type 2 diabetes may successfully be put into remission with the help of:
- weight loss (if overweight) and
- a healthy, balanced diet.
Some people refer to this as ‘reversing’ type 2 diabetes, but it’s important to note that diabetes can come back, hence the official term ‘remission’ is used instead. Remission itself is achieved when your measure of long-term glucose levels (HbA1c) remains below the diabetes range for at least six months.
Type 2 diabetics wanting to achieve remission should eat a healthy balanced diet, the same as somebody without diabetes. Please stay away from foods marketed as ‘diabetic’ as these are often calorific, expensive and unnecessary.
If you are planning on using Purition for weight-loss to achieve remission of T2D, or to help you achieve better nutrition through a healthy balanced diet, we suggest having Purition once a day (or twice, if you find that you have a particularly busy day). For the other two meals, aim for healthy, balanced meals.
You may wonder what exactly we mean by a ‘healthy and balanced’ meals and diet’?
We mean that your diet should consist of real, unprocessed (and minimally processed) foods and be low in saturated fat, high in fibre and adequate amount of protein from good quality sources. Please also include a plenty of non-starchy vegetables and some fruits (aim for berries, as those are naturally low in sugar).
Purition is just that; a real food source of protein, healthy fats, fibre and a natural source of vitamins and minerals, with a very small amount of sugar per serving – so it will not negatively affect your blood glucose levels.
People with type 2 diabetes who lose 10% of their body weight (if overweight) within the first five years of diagnosis can double their chances of achieving diabetes remission. As Purition is a small yet very nutritious meal alternative, swapping out a less healthy and perhaps overly calorific meal can help achieve a safe, healthy and sustainable weight loss of 1-2lbs (0.5-1kg) per week. Purition will be your ally when on a low carb diet as well, as it is naturally low in carbohydrates. For more information on the ingredients and nutrition facts of each of the Purition flavours, please click here.
For anyone diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it is vital to follow the prescribed medical advice to best manage the condition. If you have been given medication such as Metformin or are on insulin therapy, please continue with your medication when on a journey to reverse diabetes and consult your health professional or dietitian before making any changes to your diet or embarking on a weight-loss journey.
Article written by Barbara Usak - ANutr (Registered Associate Nutritionist)
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