Diabetic to non-diabetic

By luked Latest Reply 2012-10-11 14:02:00 -0500
Started 2012-10-08 08:49:11 -0500

Hello all would like your views on this

I was diagnosed as type 2 diabetic two months ago with an a1c of above 12. I was on insulin shot 5x a day. Now my doctor tells me I am (1) considered a non- diabetic; (2) that my a1c is 5.1; (3) I no longer need insulin shots; and (4) I only take metformin 500mg.

Is it possible to go from one extreme to next in 2 MONTHS.

23 replies

irisheys122 2012-10-11 00:13:54 -0500 Report

That's awesome, luked!! Keep up the good work!! The way I understand it, once you're diagnosed as diabetic, it's like the rubber band was stretched too far and it broke. So, even though technically you're a diabetic, you have come a long way and can no doubt lead a normal life w/ the help of a little medicine, good carb control in your diet and exercise.

tabby9146 2012-10-09 19:16:00 -0500 Report

Congrats to you, wow, what an accomplishment, hard work. you can keep it up too. hope you won't ever be on insulin again.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-08 18:39:43 -0500 Report

Luke I am a T2-non insulin diabetic. You are in a very controlled state. Sort of diabetic remission if there is such a thing. You still have to do what you are doing. If you believe you are non diabetic and stop doing what you are doing, your numbers and your A1C can shoot back up. There are people who are diabetic who do not take meds but are controlled with diet and exercise.

tabby9146 2012-10-09 19:14:47 -0500 Report

i control with diet and exercise, I was on metformin just a few months, lost all the weight, got off, and have kept all the weight off ever since, that was over 3 1/2 years ago and I consider myself just controlled, not cured. I know I have to keep with the right diet and exercise, it just scared me too much, to go back to the old ways. My first A1C was about 5.7, my second was 5.4, third was 5.4 and last one was 5.2 but the glucose tolerance test told that I do indeed have diabetes, numbers were high throughout.

judy makowski
judy makowski 2012-10-08 15:26:20 -0500 Report

Hi Luked. Congratulations on your accomplishment. It's a biggie. My understanding is that as long as you are on medication you still have diabetes.For a long time i was able to control my diabetes the same way you are and with the same A1C results. It lasted for several years and then all of a sudden it changed. I don't say this to discourage you just as a caution. Keep doing whatever you are doing cause it's working.

tabby9146 2012-10-11 12:29:27 -0500 Report

sorry it changed for you. I am curious, did you stay eating right most of the time and keep doing regular exercise and it still went up and aprox. how many years until you needed medication? I"ve heard it can be only a few for some, and many years for others before they need at least pills. Just wondering.

judy makowski
judy makowski 2012-10-11 14:02:00 -0500 Report

Yes I ate correctly and exercised as I was supposed to. But then I was put under an extreme amount of stress with a stage 3 cancer diagnosis and a daughter who was 15 and diagnosed with bi polar disease and borderline personality disorder. But still I was fine for at least 10 years before I went on oral meds and then in last 2 years it progressed to insulin. Now that I have lost about 66 lbs the need for insulin is going down. I only take lantis at bedtime and don't take humalog during the day at all. It is different for everyone.

GabbyPA 2012-10-08 11:44:59 -0500 Report

Sometimes people just mess up with words and don't really know what they are saying or don't understand the implications of their words. If you were not a diabetic any longer, you would be off all meds and could eat anything you wanted in any quantity and never have a blood glucose reading above 140.

I am not saying put this theory to the test, but if that is what you could do, then you would be "non-diabetic".

Now I do have to say that those numbers are impressive and you have worked very hard to get where you are today. The reason they say "non-diabetic" is because your A1c is now in a "non-diabetic" range. The problem with telling people that, is that they can slack off and get lazy and that number will creep right back up.

So keep doing what you are doing as it obviously is working very well for you. Please share what you changed that allowed you to drop so drastically? We would all love to know how we might implement some of the same things you tried.

tabby9146 2012-10-11 12:32:04 -0500 Report

yes ,the nurse told me non-dabetic range, when my A1C first when down to a certain number, but you are right, completely, and we still have diabetes, those who have been well controlled with diet and exercise, we alwys will, just need to stay with what we are doing and that will help in the coming years. Had a PA tell me once, very grimly, when I was so excited over my good numbers and A1Cs, "oh that is good, that will help later on when your numbers change. " that burst my bubble that day.

MAYS 2012-10-08 11:25:31 -0500 Report

Insulin, medications and lifestyle changes are not "cures" for diabetes, they are only tools that help you to manage your diabetes, you are in a "controlled state" of managing your diabetes, not cured of it.

pontufex 2012-10-08 11:09:30 -0500 Report

My doctor likes to say, "Once a diabetic always diabetic, it's the amount of control you have over it that makes the difference."
Just from your post it can be assumed you've made big differences in your lifestyle as well as following your doctors advice, both of which are key to grabbing diabetes around the throat and show it you're the boss.
As long as you stick to your health care plan you can be assured of having a future as the boss, but that doesn't mean you won't have instances where you BS will spike or tank, that happens to the most well controlled diabetic. I've been religious about what I eat, how much I eat, exercise (what I can tolerate), keeping track of every carb, calorie, and vitamin, and still for the past two days I've been fighting high BS thanks to the "glories" of stress.

Ignore my negativity, and celebrate your 5.1 A1C, it's those types of numbers that let you know you've done something right!!! Congrats, and keep up the fight, you're an inspiration!

tabby9146 2012-10-10 11:46:44 -0500 Report

that is right, I agree100%, the most well controlled diabetic, will have things happen in the future with spikes, and high numbers and low numbers, lower and it can be illness and stress that will also play a part in this. I've always heard from medical personnel, that I "will" be back on pills at some point in my life, down the road, I don't really know, but I am inclined to believe that the longer you have it, the more likely you will get on pills, because I have kept hearing now for nearly 4 years, that diet and exercise and excellent numbers only lasts for so long, and of course, that varies for each person that can accomplish it that way, but I do believe for many who can do this, it can be many years. I have no idea what the 'average' is, I used to wonder, but now I don't concern myself with those statistics.

jayabee52 2012-10-08 10:15:10 -0500 Report

If you are now "non-diabetic" why has Dr continued you on the Met?

I am of the opinion that even though one' DM may be well controlled, one never loses the potential of having the DM return if bad habits return.

Glad you have managed to control your DM CONGRATUATIONS!

luked 2012-10-08 09:25:22 -0500 Report

Nick. I appreciate your words of gratitude however after what I've been through there is no reason to skew, distort, or give false info to a group I've grown to appreciate. Again thank you for the gratitude


Nick1962 2012-10-08 09:48:58 -0500 Report

My apologies if you misunderstood. I didn't mean to imply you were misleading in any way. I probably should have said "I guess you've just proven it can"