Is it possible to reverse type 2 diabetes?

By Skapy Latest Reply 2012-05-24 10:27:03 -0500
Started 2012-05-22 17:27:43 -0500

I have been looking for different methods that can alleviate my type 2 diabetes symptoms and maybe even eliminate it! I have gotten a lot of different answers ranging form it is possible to it is impossible.
I asked numerous doctors who even said that yes it is possible while others said that the symptoms can be reduced. I decided to ask doctors online and one of the sites called Healthtap gave similar responses. (

Can tell me stories about how they tried to reverse diabetes? Also, if you know anybody that has supposedly "reversed" there condition and how they are doing? I really appreciate any insight.

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Nick1962 2012-05-22 19:35:44 -0500 Report

If I went to a new doctor today Skappy, there'd be no evidence I have it. My doctor uses the term "dissolved". It's been 5 years since my diagnosis, and two now on "dissolved" status and I'm doing just great.

jayabee52 2012-05-22 18:53:35 -0500 Report

Howdy Skapy! The use of the words "reverse" or "cure" used of full-blown Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is dependent on what is meant by the terms used, therefore the question is ultimately a semantic one.

I have had DM since 1995 and I started out with Metformin and other oral meds and then in Nov 2006 I developed kidney problems which put me on insulin (and dialysis for 10 months). Today I use no DM medications whatsoever because I discovered by accident that my pancreas was producing enough insulin that I could manage without DM meds IF I ate VERY carefully. So I have been through all the rigamarole of DM (except for being a pumper). My last A1c was 5.5. My Blood Glucose (BG) levels have been "normalized" and my weight has been reduced from about 215 in Feb 2011 to about 150 today. (with a corresponding drop in insulin resistance).

Am I cured or have I reversed my DM? I don't think so since if I do eat something which is not on my meal plan (see my meal plan here ~ )

I will have some half day or so of higher than normal BG readings (depending on how "bad" I've been)

So for me, even though my A1c is good and is at a level which could be considered "normal" as are my BG levels I can in no way call my DM reversed or cured. It is still there waiting to pounce on me should I mess up. All I can say is that mine is carefully managed by adherence to my meal plan.

Now if one has pre-diabetes that is a different story.

I have heard that those who have that condition (aka "metabolic syndrome") can keep the condition from advancing to "full blown" DM t2.

In fact my mother (80 + yrs old and overweight) had been Dx'd with prediabetes last year. She reported to me recently that she no longer has been Dxd with that condition. So it seems that she has reversed the progression of that condition to DM t2.

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