The real solution is diet and exercise. According to a study published in the Dec. 15, 2005 edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology, 3 weeks of moderate exercise and a high-fiber, low fat-diet actually reverses type 2 diabetes in at least 50% of patients. UCLA head researcher Christian K. Roberts and 6 other researchers from California universities found that only 3 weeks of these easy lifestyle changes improves cholesterol and blood lipids -- 2 important factors in type 2 diabetes.
However, as New Scientist pointed out in their Jan. 13, 2006 online news feature “Three-week diet curbs diabetes,” the scientists’ examination of the diet and exercise regimen’s impact on the blood vessels themselves makes the study groundbreaking. They discovered that moderate exercise combined with a low-fat, high-fiber diet results in fewer free radicals and more nitric oxide in the blood.
Increased levels of nitric oxide and decreased levels of free radicals make your arteries open up more easily, which decreases your chances of developing atherosclerosis, which has just recently been linked to type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease.