Recently diagnosed? Here's what you need to know.
If you've recently been diagnosed with diabetes, it can be overwhelming. Navigating the lifestyle changes, medications, complications, and everything else that comes with diabetes can feel incredibly daunting.
If you or somebody you know has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, start here.
The good news
The good news is that if you have just recently been diagnosed, the progression of your diabetes is probably not too far along.
Like most diseases, when caught early and properly treated, diabetes can be managed and even reversed.
So if you are just recently getting diagnosed with diabetes, there is a good chance that with the proper changes you will be able to regain your health and avoid the consequences of this deadly disease.
The bad news
The bad news is that without proper management diabetes can result in blindness, kidney failure, skin diseases, amputations, and much much more.
Diabetes is one of the top five biggest killers in the US. If left untreated, or not properly treated, diabetes is a devastating disease that greatly reduces quality of life.
The role of diet
The single biggest thing you have under your control that can determine the progression or regression of your diabetes is your diet.
In the short term, eating a diet right for diabetes (we'll get into what that means in a minute) can help to stabilize your blood sugar levels throughout the day.
In the long term your diet will play a major role in whether or not you are able to recover from diabetes and put it into remission, or if you will be affected by the myriad of different complications associated with this devastating disease.
The proper diet for diabetes
Diabetes is essentially just chronically high blood sugar. For most Americans this is due to eating a diet high in carbohydrates.
Carbs break down into glucose (which is another word for sugar), which raises blood sugar levels. If you eat less carbs, you have less sugar in your body, and blood sugar will drop. Simple.
The biggest challenge with this approach is that carbohydrates are EVERYWHERE.
The typical American diet is extremely high in carbs, so eating a low-carb (sometimes called "ketogenic") diet can be tricky.
To make matters worse there are several different ways to count carbs, such as total carbs vs net carbs.
We put out a ton of content about what foods to eat and what to avoid. We even have a free meal plan guide you can download on our website that explains what to look out for if you are trying to go low-carb.
Additionally, we developed a meal replacement shake that is high in protein and healthy fats, full of nutrients and ingredients to reduce blood sugar levels, and has just 2g of net carbs.
We created these shakes as a simple way to help facilitate a low-carb diet. At under $4 per meal, they are super affordable and an excellent way to get on track to lower blood sugar.
Diet is the single biggest factor you have under your control that will determine the progression of your diabetes.
Low carb diets have proven effective in lowering blood sugar and putting diabetes into remission.
Whether you choose to alter your diet by going keto, or simply replace a meal or two throughout the day with a Type2Diet shake, you will be taking a meaningful step towards remission.