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Can we prevent diabetes without medication, through food ?

My husband of age 43 , just couple of days back found that his sugar levels are at 210 (Pasting ) , 260 (after taking food). Can we prevent diabiates with out medication . Pl. advice what kind of food he can take and what he shouldnt eat. What kind of test we should do , to know exactly whelther we have diabiates or not .
Asked On : Fri, 22 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Welcome to HCM,
Fasting and PPBS blood sugar of your husband is quite high.
But as this is first time you noticed, it requires to confirm diabetes.
Consult your doctor and confirm diabetes.
With this blood sugar it is not possible to control without medicine.
Stop taking sugar, juices, puddings, sweets.
Take less fat and carbohydrates.
Go for regular exercise like running, walking, swimming for 30-35 minutes 5 days in a week.
Avoid sedentary life.
Reduce weight if he is over weight.
Ok and bye.
Answered: Sun, 24 Feb 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Mayank Bhargava's  Response
Jan 2013
Thanks for posting your query.
As your husband is 43 years old, there is high chances of Type II Diabetes.
You have to first understand the pathophysiology of diabetes.
When Type II diabetes is diagnosed in anybody, beta cells in endocrinal part of pancreas has already been reduced or destroyed (bu autoimmune mechanism) up to 20%.
These beta cells can not be revived and few trials are in pipe line with use of umbilical cord stem cells.
So once diabetes is diagnosed, your husband has to take treatment.
Diabetes is diagnosed when fasting blood sugar is > 126 mg% and postprandial sugar is > 200 Mg%.
Your husband is fulfilling the diagnostic criteria of diabetes and hence he has to take treatment.
Diet control is supportive and helps in control of sugar but diet alone is not satisfactory.
Presently, diabetic patient has to take Medical nutritional therapy (MNT). He can take each and every thing but the diet is decided by total calorie intake.
You should consult with internal medicine specialist for diet and treatment.
Take care,
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
Answered: Sun, 24 Feb 2013
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