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By alesiafae Latest Reply 2012-03-24 17:36:33 -0500
Started 2012-03-13 00:49:13 -0500

New here trying to feel things out. Does anyone believe that diabetes can go into remission like cancer? Can it be stopped just as quickly as it surfaces? Most doctors believe once diabetic always diabetic. What do you guys all think?

44 replies

Young1s 2012-03-22 12:05:43 -0500 Report

I believe that diabetes can be controlled to the point of not showing daily signs of it being there but that's about it. Let's say I'm fortunate enough one day to have my numbers that well maintained, I'll still have to always be aware of what I eat, drink, keeping up my exercise, staying as stress free as possible, etc otherwise the symptoms of my D would rear their ugly heads again. So for that reason, until there is a cure I will always be diabetic.

JSJB 2012-03-18 16:21:52 -0500 Report

I do not know if you can get cured but from what I read and have been told it can go into remission but you have to continue with your diet and exercise or back to the pills and maybe insulin shots. Welcome to DC and good luck.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-15 05:55:48 -0500 Report

Welcome To DC, you will love it here, as a T1 I know I will always need my insulin, one key factor that has stuck with me since my diagnosis, is that the Endo said the key to diabetes and management is your DIET! I took this to heart and although I continue to face some obstacles like everyone else I am on a very low dosage of Lantus and have lost some weight. I have learned tricks from all my friends here on DC to stay low carb and feel good! Best of luck!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-03-14 20:27:31 -0500 Report

I don't think so. I do know that if you can really control it and get off meds it can be controlled with diet. Even if you can control it with diet you will still be diabetic. I have a friend who is doing that now. We are both T2

berrykins0 2012-03-15 16:32:47 -0500 Report

i agree with you i have mine undercontrol with diet ,exersize,metformin once daily.have had it undercontrol for 2 1/2years.

Nick1962 2012-03-13 11:38:32 -0500 Report

Depends if you are T1 or T2. I’m a T2 and have (so far) managed to keep my diabetes “dissolved” as my doctor puts it. That meaning my numbers (BG and A1c) are all within the range of a non-diabetic. It does take a conscious daily effort, and as I found out recently (as Gabby stated), if I slip up, it will come back with a vengeance.

GabbyPA 2012-03-13 09:34:19 -0500 Report

Until there is an actual cure, I do believe that once you are a diabetic you will remain so. However, there are a lot of things that we can do to control or diabetes so that it is not a problem. Lots of doctors out there have books, diets, methods, and natural remedies to make the symptoms of diabetes "go away". That is good, but if you go back to eating way too many carbs, not exercising and letting things go, you will find that diabetes was always there, just kept in check.

eristar 2012-03-13 06:11:54 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome! I don't think it can actually "go away" - although I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my son which then went away until recently, when I was diagnosed with T2. (So about 30 years.) You may eventually be able to control it with just diet and exercise, and not have to take any meds - I know a couple of people who are able to do that! But you will likely be tested every 4-6 months to make sure you are maintaining well. Does that make sense? Anyway, glad you're here!

robertoj 2012-03-13 02:34:06 -0500 Report

Usually when someone says anything is absolute they are wrong. I will likely always be diabetic but only because I have several issues that affect my energy and mobility. Having said that I maintain enough physical activity (walking and biking) along with a healthy diet and meds I'm able to keep up the good numbers.

terryPro 2012-03-13 01:15:42 -0500 Report

It can stop. Take Protandim. in 9 days I went from AIC of 170 to 120 eating more sugar. some days it is 106 & 114. i have never taken insulin.

GabbyPA 2012-03-13 09:36:33 -0500 Report

An A1c of 170 is not what you mean, I think. That would be your fasting or a meter reading of 170-120. I am not sure someone would be alive with an A1c of 170.

What is Protandim?

Nick1962 2012-03-13 10:27:45 -0500 Report

It's an anti-aging antioxidant supplement

jayabee52 2012-03-13 20:02:31 -0500 Report

Seems to me TerryPRO may be trying to sell us "a bill of goods" here. Seems not to know what he's talking 'bout, at least with regards to diabetes.

JSJB 2012-03-18 16:18:35 -0500 Report

Hi James, I was the same way when I first went on DC but now I am getting use to all the terminology and I am still learning. He will catch on by reading all the discussions.

Nick1962 2012-03-18 18:44:43 -0500 Report

There is some talk that free radicals "poison" our delicate body balances (which is somewhat true) and they may actually mess with cell absorbtion. So far I've only seen speculative reports and nothing real positive. Not a real threat right now in my mind.

Nick1962 2012-03-18 19:03:29 -0500 Report

Basically free radicals are atoms with odd (unpaired) numbers of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. They are “transition” chemicals on their way to becoming another balanced chemical. These are highly reactive and start a chain reaction, and damage important cellular components like DNA, or the cell membrane if overproduced or introduced into the body. Cells can function poorly or die if this occurs. To prevent free radical damage the body uses antioxidants. Some the body manufacture, some gained by foods.

Nick1962 2012-03-18 19:09:19 -0500 Report

Diabetes will give you an unusual education (James is way smarter - he's been at it longer). Just don't ask me to do algebra! :)

Bamberg 2012-03-14 01:52:20 -0500 Report

Maybe not. He may be reporting what his A1c indicates for average BG rather than the actual A1c number.

nanaellen 2012-03-13 01:12:47 -0500 Report

Well, MY Dr. says ALL I have to do is lose weight!! Like about 60lbs.! According to him all my problems will go away with the weight loss!! I don't believe it myself. I think I MAY be able to control it better but I don't think it EVER goes away! Just my opinion. Ellen :)

GabbyPA 2012-03-13 09:38:27 -0500 Report

I lost over 60 pounds and it has not "fixed" my diabetes. It helps, and I am not saying don't loose the weight, but my insulin resistance is the problem. I have more weight to loose and am working quite nicely on that now, but I have not seen any great improvement in my numbers as of yet.

kmk1968 2012-03-19 11:14:13 -0500 Report

hi gabby, i was just wondering what it is you are doing to loose the weight ? and how long it has taken so far ? i myself have been trying and not seeing any results. i know it can take a while but jeez !!

jigsaw 2012-03-15 18:37:12 -0500 Report

I was never more than a few pounds overweight. I did find that losing a few pounds helped with my bg a bit, but diet and exercise has always been a must no matter what.

Nick1962 2012-03-13 10:35:00 -0500 Report

I agree with you there Gabby, weight loss for me (90 lbs) has cleared up a lot of issues, diabetic and otherwise. My numbers stay very good, but i do still have related issues.

Nick1962 2012-03-18 18:51:25 -0500 Report

High cholesterol, high blood pressure, joint inflamation, asthma, sleep apnea, concentration, mood, social seclusion, attitude. I could go on.

Bamberg 2012-03-14 01:56:07 -0500 Report

I think it depends on how you lose the weight. The diet that I'm on would lower my BG even if I didn't lose weight. So they, diet and weight loss, are part and parcel of one another.

Nick1962 2012-03-14 07:32:06 -0500 Report

True, my diet is basically what was termed in the old days as a "diabetic diet". It just so happens it worked for weight loss for me.