Is Your Diabetes Cured or Controlled?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2015-08-29 21:58:58 -0500
Started 2012-10-08 11:12:54 -0500

Many people believe that they can be cured of their diabetes.

They start out with blood glucose numbers that indicate tht they are indeed diabetic, after making changes to their life style (diet, medications, exercise, insulin) their blood glucose numbers improve, they feel better, and then something amazing happens…they are " cured" of their diabetes!

Is there even such a thing?
Can one ever be cured of diabetes?
Or, is it just a case of you managing your diabetes so well that it shows so in a numerical perspective that convinces you that you are indeed cured of this chronic disease?

There is an ongoing debate as to whether, or not diabetes is curable.

As a diabetic, what are your views on this subject?
Do you think that diabetes can be cured, or is it simply a matter of controlling it?

25 replies

Gwen214 2013-05-25 22:18:09 -0500 Report

This is type 2 right? I've had a couple of friends after controlling the meal plan and exercise, they no longer are t 2, but if they go revert back to old ways, then possible to have T 2 again. There definitely no cure for T 1.

denipink 2013-05-25 17:06:08 -0500 Report

Based on what my family doctor has told me Diabetes can be reversed. He has never said anything about it being cured.

I do not have a personal opinion on this one as i would need to experience a cure to speak of it. I doubt i would go by something i read online saying Diabetes can be cured. I might be convinced, though, if someone who has been cured stepped up and said so. With that i might tend to believe.


JSJB 2013-05-23 05:19:22 -0500 Report

When I was first pre-diagnosed, I was 250lbs, BG over 200, a little shocked and figured I could get cured by following the HCP's instructions. Now after almost 2 yrs. and being on this site from the beginning, I realized that D can not be cured only controlled. I am doing my best to keep my BG below 130. Sometimes I slip but not by much. I was 69 when pre-diagnosed so you know I was set in my ways but I did change. I am now 190 lbs and keeping my BG below 135 thanks to the info I get from this site.

DeanaG 2012-10-10 21:55:37 -0500 Report

Once a diabetic always a diabetic. It can be controlled and managed, but as of yet there is no cure. IMHO
Nick brings up an interesting point. One that I think needs to be looked at more closely. Maybe that attributes to the dramatic rise in the number of cases diagnosed that are quickly reversed.

genniedevera 2012-10-09 20:34:31 -0500 Report

I don't think it can be cured, but can be very well controlled… To me, cured would mean, no bs spikes, no meds, and you can eat whatever you want and/or how much you want…

annesmith 2012-10-09 03:42:29 -0500 Report

Diabetes can be well controlled, to the point where it goes into "remission". However, it's impossible to cure it, unless of course a cure is found. I do believe there are some people that maybe were misdiagnosed as being diabetic, then if they changed their diet and exercised, it went away. However, that means they were never diabetic , but were getting close to being diabetic. Eventually, I believe they will find a cure. ANNE

tabby9146 2012-10-09 18:56:25 -0500 Report

this is exactly what a nurse told me once, that it can go into remission with many who have control , like when I had been off pills for a long time and contrlling by diet and exercise. i would imagine that no one can be in remission the rest of their lives though. I do not know for sure about this.

annesmith 2012-10-10 00:39:19 -0500 Report

No, I do not believe one can go into remission the rest of their life. I would say that would be impossible. Unless they find a cure, the diabetes spikes back up at some point after a remission. ANNE

arsmithsr 2012-10-08 15:34:21 -0500 Report

To look at me you wouldn't know I had diabeties I am not the text book over wieght typte 2. I went from 7.7 A1c to 5.6 in one year. As long as I watch what I eat my numbers are fine. But I do have other symptom's like my feet are always cold. And this has just started. So I think there is alot we don't know. I do not think I am cured but I have 2 sister in laws who do think they are. The wieght loss surgery can cause remission how long it lasts is unknown. One of my sister in laws has had the surgery lost weight and is no longer diabetic though she does have acational Hypo problem's. The other says it doesn't go over 200 anymore and so she is no longer Diabetic and stuffs her face with Cake ice cream soda etc. She is delusional. And the thing is they are both Nurses and should know better. You can control and even binge sometimes but if you don't maintain the diet it will come back.

tabby9146 2012-10-09 19:01:35 -0500 Report

i am that way too, nobody would know it, i am at ideal weight, and have been since about March 2009 so over 3 and a half years now. that is how long I have been contrlling by diet and exercise, after losing 35 lbs, or so ,and getting off Metformin. My numbers are never close to 200. However, I watch what I eat, and when I eat bad things, they are in moderation. i do stay away from certain foods altogether. I exercise just about everyday. I have no idea how many more years this will last, but I am led to believe ,by many , doctors, nurses, that it won't be the rest of my life, or even many years but I keep a positive attitude and I don't consider myself cured, just in remission. however, my numbers go up under stress. i am too afraid to go back to old ways of eating. I am sure if I ate too much of something that I knew would spike it, my numbers would be very high.

MAYS 2012-10-08 17:06:31 -0500 Report

That is one of the beauties of having diabetes, there are no physical attributes of the individual that says (upon looking at them) " I am a diabetic".

Nick1962 2012-10-08 15:02:22 -0500 Report

I still hold out hope that for some, with all our technology and medical advancements, a cure is around the corner. But let me put a different spin on things.

What if, even with high numbers, you weren’t really diabetic?
What if a lot of people now being diagnosed as diabetic or pre-diabetic are diagnosed because we have yet to assign a word to a certain condition. I mean, who here ever heard of “pre-diabetic” until a few years ago, right? Let’s use Irish’s alcoholic example. If you drink too much, you will get drunk, no argument right? Just because you might go on a bender from time to time (like a weekend football game, or all through college for some of us) doesn’t necessarily make you an alcoholic. Doing it day after day does though. Is there such a thing as “foodoholic”? Is it possible that a person can spend a period overeating and being “food drunk” which shows up as a high A1c and BG levels? I mean, several people here have brought things in line within months, almost like it was a simple weekend food bender. Almost like they “sobered up”.

Could it be that like the occasional “drunkfest”, there could be a form of “non-diabetic” or “food induced” diabetes that isn’t chronic, but we have no other term for it other than diabetes because that fits the “profile”? If I walked into my doctor’s office hammered, he’d diagnose me as drunk, but I’d have to do that several times before he’d diagnose me as an alcoholic.
So I guess my question would not necessarily be can it be cured, but did you even have it. Sure, my numbers will go up if I go back to my old eating habits, but to be truthful, I wasn’t eating “in moderation” either.
Just throwing that out there.

MAYS 2012-10-08 17:09:33 -0500 Report

Nick, i am glad that you "threw that out there" it is a very good point indeed!
It would be interesting to see what others have to say concerning your point of view, as well as IF there is ANY research being conducted on such, sounds like another discussion coming on!

Nick1962 2012-10-08 17:37:26 -0500 Report

Yeah, just a thought, but it seems that so many people are getting diagnosed based on one snapshot of numbers, or one A1c, and just a short while after are back in the "normal" ranges after just adjusting diet a little. We've had a couple here recently. It seems too easy to be truly diabetic.

jayabee52 2012-10-08 17:46:54 -0500 Report

my new gf is one of those so it seems. She had a BG of 130 from her pre Dx Blood test/ I have been testing her fasting BGs every AM and here lately she's been running in the 90 to 120 range.

Nick1962 2012-10-08 18:24:41 -0500 Report

Interesting. Was she diagnosed pre-diabetic or diabetic? I'd hate to think that a doctor would jump to the diabetic conclusion based on one test of 130. Heck, a muffin and glass of OJ would produce those numbers.
Makes me think there may just be a conspiracy afoot.

Irish1951 2012-10-08 13:20:41 -0500 Report

My view is that it can be managed/ controlled to the point that it doesn't cause the serious complications . It never goes away, it is alwYs there ready to rear it's ugly head. There is a saying that "once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic". I believe that applies to those of us with this disease.

pontufex 2012-10-08 11:51:43 -0500 Report

Before developing T2 myself, I was married to a T2 patient, who for awhile during our marriage took great care with every thing she did from eating to exercise, to taking her meds, but when she got her third A1C results back she decided she was cured and began to ignore her health care plan, after awhile you would have never known there was such a thing in her life if you didn't know her…but then it happened.
She collapsed while checking the mail. I was called at work from the hospital, to which I rushed. Speaking to her doctor he asked me if she was diabetic, I answered in the affirmative but told him that she was convinced she was cured since her last A1C to which he replied that her blood glucose level was 530 at the time of admission. She was in the hospital for a week as they tried to get her glucose down and stabilized. The worst part of this story is that she learned nothing and continued to act as though she didn't have diabetes.
We divorced five years later and since then through family of her's whom I'm friendly with (my ex has no part in mine, or our daughters lives, I have sole custody and my ex hasn't ever made an attempt to contact either of us in any way shape or form) have told me that she has been in the hospital over two dozen times since.

tabby9146 2012-10-09 19:11:27 -0500 Report

it's good to share stories like this, because I know some, even locally personally, who think they can eat whatever they want, so many need a wake up call . I can see where it might be easy for some to think they can go back to old ways ,but this proves they can not.

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