Cure for Diabetes found

Jim Edwards
By Jim Edwards Latest Reply 2011-08-10 07:18:58 -0500
Started 2011-08-05 10:34:59 -0500

After reading about a dozen books, umpteen articles and who knows what else, I am undertaking the writing of a book on how to cure diabetes. Yeah, right. Brothers and Sisters with the big D, there is no cure for diabetes at this point in time. None. People that wrote many of the "cure" books and articles above provide some good information, but there is no cure, only control.
If you have an infection and are given antibiotics and it clears up, then you are cured. Diseases can be cured. Conditions, like diabetes, can only be controlled. If you are the perfect diabetic, eat only "approved foods" and exercise regularly, you might be able to control your diabetes without insulin or drugs. So you do this for 5 years and your BG #'s and A1C have been picture perfect. Are you cured? Here, have a Hershey Bar and test your sugar in an hour. What will it take for a cure? I don't know, but I suspect it will involve some great progress in DNA, RNA, kidney, and pancreas research. Should we just give up? No, because we can strive each day to make healthy choices for ourselves and our families. And who knows, maybe someday that progress will be made.

36 replies

matoto 2011-08-06 23:23:32 -0500 Report

this is what i know if you are type two than look at link good reading

as for type 1 diabetics there has been succesfull operations to replace the pancrease
but i hear that rejection drugs reqwierd for life of patiant getting transplants

link =

i hope this helps?

jayabee52 2011-08-07 00:22:48 -0500 Report

Some folks swear by Barnard, others swear at him. He seems to be quite a polarizing figure in the discussion among People with diabetes.

healthcoach97 2011-08-07 16:37:00 -0500 Report

Barnard has gotten results for a lot of people. Everyone's body is different. You have to experiment and see what works for you. What works for one person might not work for another. It doesn't mean that its bad advice that he is giving. When it comes to nutrition, its not one size fits all. What type of diet did you go on to alleviate your insulin dependency?

JDCA2025 2011-08-09 16:29:55 -0500 Report

Pancreatic transplants are a divisive subject.
Not taking insulin or worry about blood sugar is great, but at the expense of lowering one's immunity to other illnesses? I guess it's a matter of an individual's preference.

Type1Lou 2011-08-06 17:35:15 -0500 Report

Very well stated Jim! Progress has been made. I remember my Dad, in the 1950's testing his urine and giving himself a shot of U-40 Protomine Zinc Beef/Pork Insulin every morning. His syringe/needle was not disposable and the needle was humongous!…also it would get dull and have to be re-sharpened. The only artificial sweetener was saccharine and there were lots fewer "diet" food choices. Although,I wish I didn't have this disease, I am happy to be living with all of the technological advances now at our disposal. And 50 years from now, maybe there will be a cure…meanwhile, the best we all can do is make the right choices to control this diabetes beast! Thanks for this articulate post!

healthcoach97 2011-08-06 13:26:43 -0500 Report

Diabetes can be cured through diet. These are the things that doctors don't want you to know because they are getting kickbacks from the pharmaceutical companies. The way to cure diabetes is through diet. As a health coach, this is what I teach my clients. Unfortunately, doctors have very little education on nutrition, which blows my mind. Nutrition cures everything. People have cured cancer through macrobiotic diets. Just yesterday, someone was telling me the story of his old assistant who was 20 years old and a diabetic. She would come into work every morning with a cigarette, can of soda, and coffee. She was trying to get pregnant and was not able to. He told her that she could come early every morning and have breakfast with him and his wife, eat lunch with them, and he would send her home with dinner (they own a cooking school). She changed her diet completely and because of that, the diabetes is gone and she is now pregnant with her second child. The key to diabetes managment is proper diet and nutrition. Plain and simple. People are suffering from this disease and they don't have to.

jayabee52 2011-08-06 16:03:58 -0500 Report

Unfortunately "coach", not ALL persons with Diabetes (PWDs) are type 2s.

There are type 1s whose pancreas is NON functional - the beta cells have been destroyed in some way. They CANNOT produce insulin in their bodies to save their lives.

And for every anecdote you give I can give you another where PWDs have attempted to cure their condition (type 1 or type 2) by nutrition alone and have died because of it. I am one of the fortunate PWDs who is type 2 and have CONTROLLED (not cured) my diabetes by what I eat alone. I had been on oral meds, and was on NPH insulin for 6 years until Feb 2011. Now I've been maintaining my BG numbers at or close to the "normal" range, and my A1c is 5.5, when I could only get as low as 6.2 before. But if I slip from my low carb high protein eating plan, I get reminded I can only control my condition. IT IS NOT CURED! So don't try to tell me different!!!

When I see someone come to a diabetes site, like DC claiming they can CURE diabetes by taking their suppliment, or following their regimen, I think "SALESPERSON". Someone who is trying to somehow make a buck on the hopes of PWDs who are sick and tired of being sick and tired and may be easy prey to their schemes.

I pray that doesn't describe you "coach", but I've been following your posts and I am not entirely sure that it doesn't.

Agreed, most Drs don't know much about nutrition. That's why most good Drs send their newly Dx'd PWDs to a class on diabetes, and a RD who can go over individual PWD's eating regimen and suggest changes, sometimes major changes.

I agree, that people are suffering from this disease. And the complications of this disease can be minimized with good, consistent control of BG numbers. But I disagree strongly with the idea that once the condition goes beyond "borderline" diabetes (likely what your cigarette smoking soda and coffee swilling example who is now pregnant and was "cured" probably was) it can only be controlled. There is not yet a cure. I pray for the day a cure is found for BOTH type 1s AND type 2s, and diabetes is no more!

EDIT: Didn't intend to post as Annon. Don't know how that little box got checked. Sorry.

healthcoach97 2011-08-07 11:17:13 -0500 Report

First of all, I think its wonderful that you are no longer insulin dependent. I am definitely trying to see things from the point of view of someone who is sticken with this disease. I do not have the disease, but I went through a lot with my father who passed away from complications of it 10 years ago. His death is the reason that I became a health coach. I want to make sure that others don't suffer the same way he did. So, I can assure you that I am coming from a good place with the advice that I give. I'm not trying to sell supplements or anything else for that matter. This is a public forum to share information and that is what I am doing based on my education and the research that I have done on this subject. My belief is that the cure to most diseases is proper nutrition. I don't believe that most people are educated in how to eat properly for this disease. There are very famous medical doctors out there who share the same belief. Dr. Neal Barnard is one of them. He has multiple books on the subject. I'm not trying to sell anything and the ideas that I bring to the table are all medically founded by very well respected doctors within the medical community. We both know that there are no quick fixes, so again, I give you credit for no longer being insulin dependent. I wish you much health and happiness in your future.

Mickie G
Mickie G 2011-08-07 05:54:17 -0500 Report

Wow you sound like i feel. I will pray with you and hope that a cure is coming. I am tired of poking my fingers and taking pills and doing shots and people who minimize the struggle that most of us go through.

MrsCDogg 2011-08-06 09:35:45 -0500 Report

If a cure is found it would put these huge drug companies out of business. Sick people mean huge paychecks for them!! They don't really want to cure any diseases. If they did cure them no more fat paychecks!!

digitaldoorbell 2011-08-05 22:42:42 -0500 Report

I read there is a medical diagnosis, "History of Diabetes" for those who have controlled the condition for a long time. I was diagnosed one year ago. I stay mainly in the high 80's and 90's and take no meds. I also don't make any mistakes with food. Only healthy things (and have learned to ignore things I used to want).
I'll be interested in what the future brings; but I know that you're right, there is no cure. Good post…

RAYT721 2011-08-05 17:43:58 -0500 Report

You are sooo right, Jim! I have two pretty good nutritional books with horrible titles … "Food Cures" from Reader's Digest and "Prescriptions for Natural Cures" by James Balch, MD (et al). I love the material in the books but in my opinion offering "cures" to some ailments is providing false hope and I find it more insulting than anything. I believe that "control" is a far better word for those things in life that are beyond our control. I believe that diabetes is a tougher thing to cure than foot fungus.

Mas72 2011-08-05 12:23:23 -0500 Report

Could not agree more with the original post, it's not diabetes but the complications from uncontrolled diabetes that is the enemy! Even if a cure is found the root, cause, and impact of diabetes is so individualized for every patient that an overarching cure for everyone is unlikely to be equally effective for every diabetic. But control is within the grasp of virtually all diabetics today, a difficult road no doubt, but with commitment and the support of family, friends, and a good healthcare team…it is achievable

realsis77 2011-08-05 10:45:25 -0500 Report

Very well put!! Control yes, but CURE , not hardly!…this is such a true statement! Be careful of those who claim they can "cure" diabetes! That's usually claimed by someone tring to sell something, we all must be careful of these claims! There is not a "cure" yet but maybe someday there might be?

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-05 11:04:17 -0500 Report

Thanks, I forgot about the ones that are trying to sell you stuff. Most of the books were library books or gifts, so I didn't pay for them.

realsis77 2011-08-05 11:42:33 -0500 Report

Yes, that's true there is usually a catch when it comes to those things

JDCA2025 2011-08-05 12:02:38 -0500 Report

Yes, we're still far off from a cure, and unfortunately, our organization believes the absolute earliest shot to have one in the market ( based on FDA approval time) is 2025. For many diabetics, this is certainly a long and painful wait for a possible breakthrough. That and most of the books on the subject are ( like realsis77 pointed out) trying to sell you some sort of "new age" cure that doesn't really work.

It's a rough situation.

The JDCA analyzes scientific research and the donation spending of other charities in order to see when/where the best chances of a cure would be. If you want any information or updates on what we find, please visit the website at

jayabee52 2011-08-06 04:52:05 -0500 Report

But as I read your literature, your cure isn't the same as the Cure Jim spoke about in his original post. It seems to me it is merely control.

I would love to be wrong, but please tell me how the"cure" JDCA envisions is different than the control about which Jim speaks?

JDCA2025 2011-08-08 13:00:53 -0500 Report

Hey jayabee52,

Our definition of a cure for type 1 involves these four things:

1. No carb counting.
2. No blood sugar testing beyond once a week.
3. No dietary restrictions.
4. Would keep A1C levels between 6 and 7 with no other input.

So essentially, whatever the cure may come from, it allows you to live your life without worrying about diabetes. Does our idea of one return you to a pre-diabetic state? No, and we don't think that would truly be possible. But our idea of a cure massively improves the quality of life of a diabetic, moreso than just simply "tight control."

It isn't quite Jim's idea of a cure, I will agree, but it's more than just control.

Thanks for the question though.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-08 13:09:39 -0500 Report

I would be satisfied with that! Too bad I am a 2! Wish I could be #1, but it looks as if I will have to accept second place. Of course, satisfying jayabee52 is another thing!

thajek 2011-08-09 22:07:18 -0500 Report

I think that you would feel much different about your statement wishing to be type 1 instead of type 2. I'm neither but my daughter is recently diagnosed type 1. My wife and I have been reading everything we can get our hands on and it seems by far that the amount of help for type 2 far outweights that of type 1. I think something that is missing here is that most of the food people crave today is food that we as animals and human beings were never really meant to eat.

We eat too much processed food and things manufactured to make you want more…"can't eat just one"..right! Part of this does happen because real food, things you would se growing in a garden or in an orchard are more expensive then something processed and put together by corporate America. If people demanded better food then eventually the prices would come down and we would most likely all be healthier for it.

There are reasons why a burger at McDonald's costs less then the same amount or ground beef from a local cattle farmer and it's not because the Mcdonalds uses higher quality meat or is somehow utilizing economies of scale to get that organic grass fed beef into that burger.

Fast food, packaged food, processed food is a huge industry and it employs many people to make you want to eat it…"it's what you crave"…right!

I understand that you want to be able to eat whatever you like, doesn't mean that it's good for you or even desirable. Some people eat cow stomach or pigs feet or drink alcohol, doesn't mean that we all should eat it.

Given, I'm not really some vegan evangelist or something but I don't by into all the advertising either. If you want to have a big Mac every now and then fine, I just don't think that people should be eating them or their equalavent for every meal.

Not looking to offend anyone and not really wanting to direct all this comment at the poster, I just need a little venting at the moment and this was where I chose to do it.
Thanks and I wish a cure is found for all.

jayabee52 2011-08-09 22:16:21 -0500 Report

Vent away thajek. We do that a lot here. That is only one of the purposes on DC, but it is an important one when we need it.

I did not find what you said offensive.

And about Jim, there's a line from the Wizard of Oz that may apply to him: "PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN".

Actually Jim, as I read him was trying to jerk JDCA's chain a bit.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-08-08 13:08:48 -0500 Report

Sounds more like remission to me rather than cured. If you have to test for your A1c then there is still concern about Diabetes. Also the A1c is higher than what most people without Diabetes have.

JDCA2025 2011-08-08 14:35:12 -0500 Report

I understand the idea that it seems more like remission, but I forgot to post that these are the qualifications we would need in place for the FIRST year. After this, the guidelines become more stringent, but we believe anything that could do this this first year you took it would be of "cure" quality.

Of course, this is only for type 1 as well. Curing both types is a large endeavor because your essentially dealing with two completely different issues that merely have the same symptoms.

Based on Jim's responses, I'm also now wondering what many Type 2 diabetics would consider a cure for their disease.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-08 16:20:58 -0500 Report

I am glad you did not take offense at being "jumped on". it comes from bogus replies, of which I do not consider yours to be. After all, you haven't tried to sell me anything! LOL! I would definitely accept what you propose for Type 1's (they were always the favorite) as a suitable remission and dang burn close to what I would consider a cure. I do not even mind the food restrictions to a certain extent, but my sugars bounce between 80 and 400, sometimes with no known explanation. I am finding out that most of the time there is a plausible explanation, like OTC meds, not reading portion size, and other sins of commission and omission. As I understand it, you are right. We are dealing with 2 different animals in the same cage, or something like that! Thanks for hanging in there with what I consider to be reasonable and responsible information. Jim

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-08 13:13:02 -0500 Report

I would be delighted with an A1C between 6 & 7, instead of between 9 & 10. I also would not mind testing once a week instead of 4 times a day. I am not that hard to please.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-05 13:41:21 -0500 Report

Thanks for that info. I will be about 70 then, so since I intend to be reasonably healthy until 90, that will give me 20 years!

realsis77 2011-08-05 12:15:14 -0500 Report

Thank you for the website link. It would be wonderful if they found a cure! Maybe in our lifetime? Wouldn't that be a blessing? Imagine, a cure?? No more shots, or blood testing wow! That will be a great day! :)