Can the Pancreas regenerate?

By lifedriver Latest Reply 2011-12-08 13:26:56 -0600
Started 2011-10-28 12:34:47 -0500

I have been on insulin for 4 years now and in the last few weeks my glocouse has been in normal rage without taking any shots. Can anyone help me understand if this is normal?

11 replies

Caroltoo 2011-10-30 19:31:35 -0500 Report

I am following a plan very similar to jayabee's. There are foods I avoid because of my body's reaction, but I can handle with moderation.

I have read that both the liver and pancreas can regenerate depending on when in the degenerative process we wise up enough to stop overtaxing them. Don't know if that's medically correct or not. I still had pancreatic function when diagnosed and have never used insulin.

jayabee52 2011-10-29 09:16:21 -0500 Report

I am type 2. I have been on oral diabetes meds, and then on insulin for a while. But lately I had been motivated to attempt to manage my condition without diabetes meds simply through what I eat and don't eat. I have been on this plan since Feb 2011, and have maintained good control. My May A1c was 5.5. and I have lost about 50 lbs on the plan.

My pancreas was still putting out its own insulin, and my weight loss reduced my insulin resistance, so if I am careful about what I put in my mouth, what my pancreas puts out balances with the load I put on my body by my eating. So far so good!

So you might be one of the fortunate ones who has enough pancreatic output to support a carefully controlled meal plan. It does take a bit of discipline, but for me going without meds is worth it.

I would be happy to share what I do should you be interested.

But talk to your Dr about trying this out before you do anything. You can always fall back to diabetes meds should it not work for you.

lifedriver 2011-10-30 17:17:18 -0500 Report

Thanks, and I would like you to give me your advice on on your controlled diet and I do feel my pancreas has jumprd back on line. Thanks again

jayabee52 2011-10-30 17:39:47 -0500 Report

Why yes, of course I'd be happy to


I have discontinued eating bread of any kind (biscuits, buns, tortillas cornbread, ect) I eat a low carb high protein menu.

For breakfast I eat 2 hard boiled eggs and a small serving of fruit. (usually 1/4 or 1/2 C depending on the carb yield of the fruit. My usual is 1 small clementine orange. But if I am out of the clementines I also eat mostly berries as they are lower on the glycemic index than many other fruits. (I stay away from bananas as they are quite high in carbs and also are not good for me due to my kidney issues. Too much potassium.)

(Really what you can have is more determined by how your metabolism reacts to certain foods or drinks. At the end of this I will add how I determine MY body's reaction to a certain food or drink. Since we are all different what may spike me may not spike you and vice versa. )

BACK To the Menu:

For lunch, I generally grill (on a Geo Foreman grill) a boneless skinless chicken breast. I add to that NON or LOW starch vegetables. Green Beans, Broccoli, Calulflower, "California Blend" mix, or stir fry, or Zucchini, or yellow squash.
I haven't developed a taste for brussels sprouts yet, but that is OK too, I think,

I choose one of my usual fruit choices (from the breakfast menu)

(Your taste buds and your meter will be your guide there)

For the evening meal I usually eat a grilled (same method) hamburg pattie (85/15%). I add to that one of the Veggie choices from the lunch menu and one of the fruit choices from the Breakfast menu. I usually pick out veggies or fruits I have not had already that day.

For variety I sometimes Roast a turkey breast in the oven and serve it in the place of one of the protein selections.

Likewise I either make or heat up frozen meatballs and use them in place of one of the protein selections also. <<<<

And as promised above what I do to test foods which may be good for me:


What I do is to take a BG reading before I test a food. That is my baseline reading. I determine what a "serving" of a particular food is using either ( or nutrition ( or ( ) eat a recommended portion of that food. Then 2 hrs lafter my first bite I take a "postpramdial" reading. That will tell me how much that particular portion of food has raised my BG levels over my baseline readings. If it raises my BG less than 50 pts, I may eat that portion without much trouble. If it raises my BG over 50 then I need decide whether it is too much over 50 or not and I may want to retest it with a lower portion size. If it is closer to a 100 pts raise then I usually decide to avoid that food altogether.

I then put a page in my 3 ring binder with that food on it, and record the baseline, the portion conumed and the postprandial results, and my decisions made, whether to retest with a lower portion, and then results of that test, or if I decided to avoid that food altogether.

I do that so I remember what I've tested and what my decisions were, so I don't have to test again needlessly.

That way I have a book of what works for ME and my metabllism specifically. >>>

I pray these are useful and helpful for you!


MEGriff1950 2011-10-28 20:10:35 -0500 Report

Hello Life, On July 7th I started a meal plan prepared for my by a dietician during a diabetic class. Since that day I have stopped taking 40 units of insulin and 4 glyburide a day. I also dropped one of the metformin. All approved by my doctor because of hypoglycemic edipsodes and seldom having BG's over 120. I am type 2, I do not believe that type 1's can ever become insulin free.

lifedriver 2011-10-30 17:24:13 -0500 Report

I feel that diet is the key to controlling Diabetes. I have been Carb counting and adjusting my insulin doses accordingly. Well, my doctor said I was Type 1 and Type II. Go figure huh..Nevertheless, I was taking Lantus and Novalog along with Methformin Has been 3 weeks now and I Test between 82-106 really crazy with no insulin at all. I will keep you up on this situation for more community support. Thank You

berrykins0 2011-10-28 14:26:59 -0500 Report

were you told you were type 1 or2 diabetic? cause type 2 people tend to be insulin ressiant sometimes weight loss reduces this problem sometime were your numbers returns and ac1 returns normal range. i started out at 8.0ac1 and within 5 months along with diet exersise weight loss and taking metforin mine dropped down to 5.6 ever sense this has happen in sept 2009 mine has stayed at 5.6.with a little help of meds and exersise and diet. hope this helps best information i can give you. i'm type 2 diabetic.