Is diabetes curable?

By debbie Latest Reply 2008-12-07 23:06:19 -0600
Started 2008-10-11 16:22:59 -0500

I have friends that say once you have diabetes you will die with diabetes. I also have friends that say that they used to have diabetes but with diet and exercise they don't have diabetes anymore. Will my condition get worse? Will I one day have to take insulan? Will I one day have kidney failure? Will I eventually go blind? Do you ever get to the point were you don't have to battle something?

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Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-07 23:06:19 -0600 Report

Some Type 2 diabetics HAVE been able to stop taking meds (under doctors directions) by getting their weight and their diet under control. That doesn't mean they're not diabetic any more. It just means they have their diabetes under control. They still have to watch their blood sugars to insure that they remain under control and to insure their condition doesn't worsen.

2008-10-12 06:00:08 -0500 Report

Diabetes is NOT curable but it IS controllable. If you have Type 1 you will need insulin right away, if you have Type 2 you will learn a new way to eat and live an active lifestyle (exercise daily) and get it under control but it won't ever be gone. If you go back to your old ways, it will show it's face again. Diabetes is a progressive disease and can get worse as time goes on but if you stay active and eat a healthy diet and see your doctor regularly you can live a normal active life without complications for a long time if not forever. It's scary to be diagnosed with this but you'll learn to 'play nice with it' and get it under control and you'll me amazed at how good you feel and how scared you were unnecessarily. When I was first diagnosed I was so afraid I'd go blind that I didn't eat much for months but when I realized through education and reading that blindness doesn't happen to everyone, it's just one side affect that CAN happen if you don't take care of yourself, I calmed down and started over. It's not a battle, it's a lifestyle change.
If everyone in the world did this lifestyle change, there would be much less disease in the world, not just diabetes.

(god get this woman off her soapbox again!!! sheesh lol)

Bluebutterfly 2008-10-12 06:05:31 -0500 Report

I have typell diabetes. I don't think it is curable but is controllable. I have also had friends thst has had WLS and lost a great deal of weight and come completly off their meds.Some don't do that well. So I guess it just varys from one person to another.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-12 06:20:52 -0500 Report

Judy, I love the Soapbox. We should start our own show. The Gluclose song could be our theme. There are a few of us who has struggle and will never let diabetes take over our lives. Get it " Day of our Lives". Wow, sorry I just couldn't resist I got carrieed away. (LOL)

2008-10-12 12:47:41 -0500 Report

LOL Debe. I have a tendency to get on that soap box when it comes to Diabetes because so many doctors scare the bejesus out of their patients instead of educating them or at least pointing them in the right direction to educate themselves. It drives me nuts!! LOL oh wait I'm already nuts!! :)

kdroberts 2008-10-12 13:07:50 -0500 Report

Agree 99.9%. There are some things being tested out right now that may be a cure for type 2, but they are surgical and way to early on to say for sure what the long term consequences will be.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-11 23:34:26 -0500 Report

You did not mention what type of diabetic you are? Everyone is different.
I have friends that are diabetic and are under good control for many years and they are doing just fine. I think any type should learn your disease and learned to livewith it. I myself have had many problems being diabetic for 45 years, but I overcame it and going on with my life. Just take 1 day at a time.

NamVet - 21894
NamVet - 21894 2008-10-12 00:56:53 -0500 Report

Me too. I am a 40 year Diabetic, soon 41. Wow I am just a baby one, compare to you! You are a living example??

debbie 2008-10-13 05:57:22 -0500 Report

I'm sorry, I have type 2 diabetes, since october 2007, just a new born baby compared to all of you. I think it's great that you all have taken such good care of yourselves and for so long. I know its gotta be hard. I'm just glad I found all of you and that you all are so nice to share your stories with me. Thank you so much, you have really given me so much hope.

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