Type 2 diabetes is reversible?????

By jupton1 Latest Reply 2012-05-21 21:13:29 -0500
Started 2008-05-15 14:02:51 -0500

Type 2 diabetes is reversible.
Although this is not widely published, one only has to look on any popular search engine for terms "reversing type 2 diabetes" or "type 2 diabetes reversal or cure" and you begin to see the enormous wealth of free and helpful information available.
Free information on reversing type 2 diabetes should not be snubbed just because it is free, people far too often equate free, with worthless. Some of the best information is acquired without having to take out your credit card.

There is so much available on the internet about type 2 diabetes, with its complications, causes and cures.
Completely bewildered with my new condition, having been sentenced by the all knowing world of medicine. Told I would be on meds for the rest of my life.
It wasn't until I started searching the sites and forums on the possibility of reversing type 2 diabetes, that I realised I was not alone.

Despite what you have been told by the "professionals", type 2 diabetes is reversible. One merely needs to arm oneself with appropriate knowledge and a will to change for the better and the rest, as they say…should take care of itself…

28 replies

mkhojh99 2012-05-21 21:13:29 -0500 Report

what about all the studies that claim if you do a gastric surgery not a lap theres a hormone change inside you…doesnt mean its cured but have heard a LOT about this the last couple years.

Ridgewalker 2012-05-19 14:19:44 -0500 Report

Technically, if you lower your A1C to 6.3, you are no longer diabetic, you're pre diabetic. Diabetes is just a number. You still have insulin resistance, but this can be reversed too through diet and exercise. You just have to make your body more sensitive to insulin. Taking diabetes drugs that raise your insulin could make it worse, and dependent on more and more drugs. Even just takiing cinnamon, or going for a walk lowers your insulin resistance.

kdroberts 2012-05-21 20:54:37 -0500 Report

Technically if you lower your A1c to 6.3 you are a diabetic with an A1c of 6.3. A1c is not the sole test used to diagnose diabetes and diabetes is not just a number. There are plenty of things, including genes, that can be tested for.

Controlled 2012-05-21 19:37:25 -0500 Report

So if your numbers are low on Monday you're not diabetic; but if they are high on Tuesday you are again? I think this comes down to definitions and, I'm afraid, it may be an oversimplification to say that if you are controlled you are cured.

Ultimately, I want you to be right. I don't think anyone wants to argue against a cure for any health condition.

Controlled 2012-05-19 18:36:03 -0500 Report

Or are you "technically" merely controlled? For obvious reasons, I want you to be right; however, the research that I have done is bereft of this conclusion. Do you have sources or research that you can share?

Anonymous 2012-05-15 16:03:26 -0500 Report

I just came from my endo & asked him the very same question. And he said that you can keep type 2 under control but reversible? (He doesn't care what the "experts" say including his own colleagues, in the same branch of med) T2 is not reversible. You can control it w/diet alone, but like he says, once you got it, you got it. So whomever is telling you this line of garbage should've been taken out to the curb last week.

Jake Levinthal
Jake Levinthal 2012-05-15 14:32:15 -0500 Report

I guess you can think about the fact that if someone thinks that they have been cured then that is there belief. I mean there are a ton of medical miracles all the time that are unbelievable.

terrilynnmerritts 2012-05-15 13:52:15 -0500 Report

While most new diabetics engage in wishful thinking that diabetes is reversible, it is not. Sort of getting a new pancreas, it is not going to happen. There is NO cure. Grow up and face it. There are people who get on the internet and say all sorts of things but that does not make it so. You can maintain tight control of your blood sugars but this is control, not cure nor reversal.

Dan360 2012-05-12 10:11:38 -0500 Report

There have been books written on the subject of reversing Type 2 diabetes. If you had Type 2 diabetes and you saw such a book in the book store, would you buy it? Most people would because they are eager to take advantage of any cure that is out there. In reality, if a cure was found it would be front page news everywhere. You would not have to hunt for it. You really have to look at the physiology of diabetes to know if it is reversible. If it is about moving set points within the endocrine system, reversal sounds reasonable. But if there is physiological damage to glands or nerves that complete the feedback loops the chances are much less likely.

There is real danger and ill consequences to be had from practicing will-power to cure one’s ailments. It is much more productive to become attuned to one’s body with its needs and limitations than to try to heal one’s self with will-power or beliefs that have no foundation in the medical community. The internet is full of information but an awful lot of it is erroneous and self-serving to the people who put it out there. Your own experience in dealing with your conditions is much more meaningful than trying to follow all of the advice you find on the internet. Trust yourself and your doctor before trusting the internet.

Elfin 2008-07-20 23:29:18 -0500 Report

It seems to me that reverse-ability depends on a number of factors. Personally, I believe that a severe case of pancreatitis that accompanied a gall bladder attack reduced my pancreas' ability to produce insulin, so I believe that I will always require meds. Someone whose diabetes is more related to cellular difficulty in using insulin may have a better chance of getting off meds. There are sooooo mannnny aspects to this complex disease.So, I am tremendously glad (and a little enviouse :-)of you) you and so many others can apparently reverse type 2. Anytime one can beat this insidious disease, well, more power to you!
I guess in the end, it's either reversible or not, depending on the cause. Nothing about diabetes is black or white, it's numerous shades of gray.
Keep on keepin' on all of you!

GabbyPA 2008-07-20 03:21:45 -0500 Report

Diabetes is one of the most complicated diseases out there and it is often a culmination of many factors. The fact is that our bodies are not able to function as inteneded. This is not always caused by our environment, but our environment often contributes to the malicies.
There are those who have it for no obvious reason except that your body no longer does what it should. Like any ailment, they seem to strike for no reason.
On the other hand, there are many of us who broke ourselves. We sped up the process our body was already prone to.
The point is, that our reception to insulin or our producers of insulin are not working propperly. Our meds and diet don't fix the problem, they help us cope with the problem. No matter how we do it, the problem is still there until they find a way to repair our bodies.

sfa720 2012-05-12 14:50:29 -0500 Report

I was one of those patient who was told four years ago that I had to use insulin for the rest of my life, . Since I hated injections, I started to do a lot of exercise, and my blood sugar started to drop.
Since my BS started to drop, I had to lower my insulin intake to balance out my BS, this went on for some wks until I did not have to inject insulin any more. also I had a strict diet with my hero a nutritionist who guided me though this ordeal. DIET AND EXERCISE works most of the time. My Blood Sugar at that time was 600, Hospitalized for 9 days now my average is 80- 100, with a lot of exercise 40 minutes average 5 days per wk and no medication. At present I don't know if it is controlled or cured. but the exercise keeps me in shape, and I feel very good about the whole situation

suziesgirl 2012-05-12 20:35:11 -0500 Report

Superfantastic!! It can be done, unfortunately, there are instances where this cannot be done, as in Type 1 and instances where people are just unable or not willing to make that committment. Believe me, I made the committment, it paid off, but stressfull and sometimes frustrating. I never took any of the medications, but I did see a nutritionist and follow a totally new lifestyle when it comes to eating. I meet people who are not willing to give up that fresh white bread or those hot donnuts. Allot of it with type 2 is a matter of personal choice. Damage done is also a big factor, but with most type 2's I believe it can be done or at least vastly improved.

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-19 13:49:58 -0500 Report

Right off the bat, my doc told me I could "reverse" the effects of diabetes. I would still have it, but if I was successful in managing my type 2, I may be able to go off the medication.
I don't mind taking the medication, I'm just happy to have diagnosed early. I feel like the diagnosis was a gift, as I'm a much healthier person that I was a year ago.


morris.js 2008-07-19 11:34:12 -0500 Report

Sorry John U., Bit I too cast my vote for it not being reversible. As you all know, I was on a pump and 6 oral meds for years. Got off all my medications through weight loss, proper diet, and becoming active. A few years later, even though I changed nothing in my diet, weight, or activity level, I am back on 2 oral meds. In fact, I dare say I am even more vigilant now that when I was off all the meds, and much more active, but still I now need the meds.
Type 2 never goes away, it just waits for the opportunity through your mistakes in taking care of yourself for it to reappear. And like in my case, even with better efforts than ever before I still needed to go back on meds, through no fault of my own.
Please do not misunderstand me, I'm very glad that in your case your A1c is better and you may go off your meds, but don't ever think your Diabetes has gone away.
Wishing everyone the best in their efforts,
John Morris

Trish - 14600
Trish - 14600 2008-07-19 11:27:01 -0500 Report

I agree that you can reverse type diabetes. My Dr. told me that if I would change the way and what I eat and lose weight I could reverse it. Even when I am not on meds any more I will keep eating the right way to stay healthy.

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-07-19 09:13:33 -0500 Report

Type 2 - 'symptoms' are reversible but you will always have Diabetes. You can have it under control and your tests show it's in the normal range, which is what we all strive for but to say that it's reversible gives people false hope because not everyone has the ability to be as diligent at exercising and eating healthy. It's a lifestyle change not a diet. If you deviate from the lifestyle change and go back to your old habits you'll have the symptoms and the poor test results again so it's not reversed or cured, it's just ''controlled'. Sometimes even when you are doing everything you possibly can do to control it things go awry. Getting it under control is the goal for everyone. If you want to call it reversing it then that's your choice. The food you eat , medication or insulin and lots of exercise is the only way to 'reverse' Type 2 Diabetes symptoms and it doesn't work for everyone. If someone is marketing a magic bullet besides those things, beware!!!

*Judy (JP)

GabbyPA 2008-07-19 10:16:02 -0500 Report

Hello, my name is Gabby and I am a diabetic.

I agree with JP. It is like we are "recovering" diabetics when we are fortunate enough to be under control, but it just takes one "drink" to fall off the wagon. The reason it is so hard to keep controlled (or at least one of the many reasons) is that it permiates every part of our lives. It just takes one day of depression to ruin months of hard work. That is one reason I love being in this comminity, it helps me keep on track, keep on trying.
So who has the 12 step program we can memorize? LOL

robinsonb 2012-05-12 17:18:14 -0500 Report

can being depressed and emotional really change your actual blood sugar? I mean i also have a mitral valve prolapse that affects the autonomic nervous system and of course when i am upset or emotional or there is some drama naturally ,blood pressure will rise or heart rate will increase also panic attacks and i do suffer from depression so could this also aggravate blood sugar numbers? I guess it certainly could? makes sense your emotions would and could do that just didn't realize it till i read this better get a better grip on emotions and my moods even thou my numbers are not bad one Dr concern other Dr says I dont have it I am just eating healthier but there are days i dont feel balanced. but thanks for sharing this will def take it into consideration this is a roller coaster for sure!!!!!!!

nanaellen 2012-05-15 14:26:28 -0500 Report

OMG YES…YES…YES depression and emotions DEFINITELY cause your BS to go UP!!!!! Even without eating ANYTHING your sugars can rise REALLY high!! Because I was SO stressed out the other day my #'s went into the high 400's!!!! Just be aware!!! Ellen :)

kdroberts 2008-07-19 10:37:35 -0500 Report

I agree. Type 2 is not reversible. Being off meds doesn't mean it's gone away. It's possible to manage it well without meds but don't confuse it with being cured, the underlying problem is still there.

I was told something a whole ago and it's very true.

Take some people to Olive Garden, one of them being a "cured" type 2. Take their blood sugars before the meal, then each of them have a couple of bowls of pasta and a bunch of bread sticks all washed down with a couple of glasses of regular soda. an hour or so after the meal take their blood sugars and see how cured the one really is.

suziesgirl 2012-05-12 20:59:31 -0500 Report

I am quickly learning that cure is a strange animal for anyone with a serious disease. However, with any disease, finding the cause, identifying a cure, if there is one in the first place is a huge accomplishment. If you are blessed enough to find the cure for your disease and impliment it only return to what caused it in the first place, why would you say there was or is not cure? We Americans are so driven by the foods we eat. When we are happy, we eat, when we are sad, we eat, when we are bored we eat, we just live to eat. Why are we letting food control our lives. Maybe we should all step back and look at some of the reasons we want to eat. Did you ever eat when you were not hungry? I have, a few years ago anyway. These days I do not live to eat, I eat to live. I truely think type 2 and type one have a perfectly just reason for appearing. What we need to find out is how to outsmart it for ourselelves and for our future generations. Type 1's will suffer needlessly. Type 2's will probably outnumber any other disease in this country and around the world. There is a vast amount of research. Allot of it has been put under the rug. The types of foods we are eating and so many environmental toxins are the biggest contributors. Really hoping for our childrens sake we start to spread the word when we stumble on good information on how to prevent this disease. It is out there and it may not work for everyone, but it certainly is worth the try.

jigsaw 2012-05-12 17:33:57 -0500 Report

Many are in a form of denial, eventually most will come to know the truth. Denial comes in various ways and forms, When one is ready to accept the facts, thats the time that they will, and not before.
I am not happy about having diabetes, but I am extremely pleased that I have been able to manage it well without complications for 18 years!
I accept that diabetes is a permanent visitor. This in no way is a negative comment, but to me it is a realistic point of view and acceptance! Positive in the sense that it is a condition that can be managed quite well for many!

noel7 2008-07-20 07:24:23 -0500 Report

Two doctors,two different opinions.One said yes is reversible,one said no.I would like to belive it`s is,but it`s not.But it could be consider reversilbe when you don`t need to take medication .If you watch what you eat at a certain time and stay active.

butterfly_8 2008-07-19 06:54:40 -0500 Report

I agree completely. There is no reson why there should be millions of people diagnosed with diabetes. IT IS NOT CONTAGIOUS. So the people,( me and you)mwere doing something wrong.Maybe the food,lifestyle etc.

suziesgirl 2012-05-12 21:06:52 -0500 Report

You bet it is the food and lifestyle. Who really cares most about us, but us. There are some excellent doctors out there, however I do believe and have met some lazy ones who just adore there script pad. They offer little or no education on preventing or halting this disease. We all must be proactive with our own health issues. Its such a complex problems, because everyone does not have access to a great doctor or the best information, we can only try to do the best with what we have and spread as much good information as we can. What individuals choose to do with it is there personal business. I love Suzie Cohens book, Diabetes without Drugs. Best book I have ever invested in. Diabetes or not everyone should read it.