Reversing type II diabetes

By Ishy1 Latest Reply 2012-01-18 09:00:58 -0600
Started 2012-01-14 10:10:09 -0600

I'm not overweight, take one Metformin 500 mg per day, watch my carb intake, and exercise almost everyday. Is it possible to reverse this diagnosis? My A1c is at the upper limits of normal.

8 replies

kdroberts 2012-01-17 18:46:11 -0600 Report

What range are you using as normal for A1c? A truly normal A1c will top out at around 5.4 but that isn't the goal suggested by health organizations for diabetics.

Regardless, if you are diabetic it's not possible to reverse and become not diabetic. You can get to a point where you have non-diabetic numbers and don't take medication but you still have it and one candy bar would shoot your numbers up.

annesmith 2012-01-15 23:27:53 -0600 Report

It all depends on your numbers. Once you are found to be type 2 or type 1, it can be "reversed" back to a non diabetic state with type 2. I know an elderly man that was diagnosed type 1 in his younger years, and on insulin to survive of course, but he actually was able to go back to a state of less insulin for 10 years when he started playing tennis really super hard. Type 2 can be "reversed" back to non diabetic numbers for a long time, but the person is still diabetic. Sincerely, ANNE

Nick1962 2012-01-16 10:34:08 -0600 Report

Agreed. I’m one that has brought my numbers back to a non-D range. However, that didn’t mean I could go back to my normal habits. It takes work keeping them there.

annesmith 2012-01-17 00:49:12 -0600 Report

Yeah…I often remind myself that once brought back to a non diabetic range, they can creep up on a person really fast …ANNE

joe_h 2012-01-17 15:44:53 -0600 Report

you numbers can improve and diabetes can be controlled but will never be fulled cured - as of yet at least

annesmith 2012-01-17 23:42:09 -0600 Report

Yes…there is no cure. It can be controlled without a doubt, but no cure. I wonder when there will be a cure. It sure would be interesting in the future ( if it happens in our lifetime) to find out what the cure is. The whole world would be so darned happy!!!!! In the meantime, all we can do is make the best of it, and thank God we all have each other…ANNE

joe_h 2012-01-18 09:00:58 -0600 Report

lots of interesting stuff going on like artifical pancreas or islet therapy. but too soon to tell if they work and when they will be ready to hit the streets

jayabee52 2012-01-14 16:41:34 -0600 Report

Howdy Ishy 1 WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

"Reversing" is an interesting term. It depends on what you mean when you use the term reversing. Some use it as synonomus with "cure" one's diabetes, others use it as equal to "controling" one's diabetes.

And I am wondering if you actually HAVE diabetes, or that your Dr told you have diabetes to get you to take seriously what I think you may have, "prediabetes" due to the scant information you have provided here.

I am not a Dr (nor do I play one on TV) and even if I were I don't have your labs and your numbers to even hazard an educated guess.

You say "[I] watch my carb intake," So how many carbs do you take per meal and what kind of carbs are they?

At the beginning of diabetes it may be possible to beat it with a little hard work and livestyle changes. It sounds like you are well on your way to making those changes.

Another question in my mind is " Do you have a glucometer ("meter") and how often do you test? These questions tell me how seriously the Dr takes your condition, and how seriously YOU take the condition too. And how seriously YOU take your condition will determine if you slip over into full blown diabetes or you beat it back and you avoid the complications which often accompany this disease. Even if you beat Diabetes back, you will need to be careful of your meal plans probably for the remainder of your life, which I pray is LONG!

Blessings to you and yours.


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