Can type 2 diabetes be beaten?

By AG1980 Latest Reply 2013-11-16 10:38:44 -0600
Started 2013-07-27 07:51:14 -0500

Hello all, i was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last week. I want to know if anyone on here has beaten this thing? When i say i beatin, i mean like no more, cured, healed. I just can't fathom the thought of pricking my fingers everyday, taking these pills and eating practically nothing. I'm up for this challenge but am i going to win or do i just battle this disease the rest of my life? Thanks in advance to your responses, take care.

59 replies

Chopstix 2013-11-16 10:38:44 -0600 Report

Sounds like good advice from everyone! Remember: If it is white do not eat it. Unless she looks too good. Eat more green leafy vegetables and less red meat. Don't forget to get some kind of exercise. Pay close attention to how your body feels when you eat. That way you can start to tell which foods you should not be eating. Refined and processed foods should be stayed away at all cost. Something sweet? Eat some fruit…

Michealj 2013-08-13 08:20:39 -0500 Report

First off don't freak out stay calm and don't get overwhelmed by all the stuff you will read on the internet and what ever you do don't fall prey to some snake charmers miracle "cure".There is a lot of good info out there on how to keep your numbers inline, but the BEST thing you can do for yourself is make an appointment with a endocrinologist . It wasn't until I seen one that all my BG and A1C numbers were where they needed to be, He even got me off insulin and controlled it with oral meds.The one thing I will tell you up front is that the meds and test strips are expensive every company out there will give you there meter for free because they know without there test strips its useless (check out walmart brand test strips are a fraction of name brand and do the same job) and for your meds if you don't have insurance, Check out Need Meds or
(Partnership for Prescription Assistance) They are both great resources for uninsured and underinsured I hope this helped you

sillymary 2013-08-12 16:22:55 -0500 Report

The best way to deal with diabetes is to exercise, see a dietician to find out what is and isn't good to eat and follow it. Visit an endocrinologist to have your care monitored. They are the experts on diabetes. Please treat your diabetes. I have watched my father over the years not follow the diet, he went through all the meds, he is now a kidney patient who has only about 20% function left. Not to mention all the other problems that diabetes causes. He has high blood pressure which caused capillary leaks in his eyes, had a heart attack which has left him very weak, he has dementia and alzheimers. If you have any excess weight to lose, I recommend doing that as well, that will help to resolve the diabetes (remission). I too am a diabetic and my doctors have all told me if I lose the excess weight that I will likely come off of all my meds and the diabetes will likely resolve. Do your research, visit a specialist, and follow orders by doctors. It can literally save your life. Diabetes is an insidious disease that causes more health problems.

pegg188 2013-08-12 16:02:56 -0500 Report

Yes you can beat it, I went from having diabetese to prediabetese and could even get better if I didn't cheat so much,but it is a life of EXERCISE and WATCHING what you EAT .Its a little rough but ,Just go low carb ,high protein, and eat cheese and other fats.If I can do it anybody can.Oh and I also lost 10lbs without trying.

MzBBs 2013-08-12 13:07:57 -0500 Report

1. Diabetes can be controlled. It takes the usual "up front work" to get your diet and numbers going in the right direction. Carbs & Calories are both important, for different reasons. Learn about them.
2. Regard this as a "challenge" that can be overcome. Life can be good, it just take a bit of work to get there.
3. Talk with your doctor. Then go online and get info.
4. NOTE: The downsides of NOT taking care of this disease are real. Learn what they are. Understand the ramifications of NOT making good choices.
5. If none of your current friends/family have diabetes, find a new friend to "talk diabetes" with. They will be happy to help you get started and continue to be successful.
6. What you do and how you do it regarding diet and exercise is Your Choice. Make it an Informed Choice!
7. Life is Good. Life with controlled Diabetes is Great. Knowledge is Power - read and discuss what you've read.
Best wishes for a healthier, happier future!

tearsey2 2013-08-12 11:49:24 -0500 Report

Diabetes is something you always have to control, its so important to keep your blood sugars don. My answer is yes you wile a good chance of

cdnshadowfax 2013-08-12 11:35:50 -0500 Report

depression is just part of it so deal with it … weight loss is the key and often the meds do not help you there, you need to pay attention to what and when you eat and get off that couch … it will pay off, cure not yet, but get under control is possible … good luck

UcancallmeAL 2013-08-12 11:26:16 -0500 Report

I was told in 2005 that I had type 2 diabetes. In March 2006 I had the bariatric sleeve done and lost a lot of weight. I had gain a lot of weight due to a accident that force me to lay in a bed for almost two years ( bed riddened). When I had the surgery I was shocked to hear that the diabetes was completely gone. However once I lost a lot of weight the weight losing came to a slow halt. I remained at the same weight for about 3 years, then my feet started feeling strange and I went to see my Dr. and she told me that the diabetes came back. I was so upset and discouraged. Now Im in my 60's and they tell me that theres a new procedure in the same line of bariatric surgery that I can go through, it's something like pyn or something and they said I should go through it. Well sadly to say the 1st surgery was really hard on me to the point that I almost passed away. Needless to say I dont think I will go through that surgery at my age, I want to but Im really scared. I will say that taking the meds is keeping my numbers down but the pain in my feet gets worse year after year, right now the pain is to the point where I can hardly walk and they yell at me for not walking but I can only take so much pain..I would say if you are over weight with type 2 go check into the surgery. I know 3 friends that have done it (much younger then me) and their diabetes has left their body completely. the one lady has been diabetes free now for over 5 years and she thanks the surgery for tha, she has also dropped over 150lbs… just something for you all to think about.. have a great day

wbelle1973 2013-08-12 11:20:41 -0500 Report

I found out a month ago I was type two. once you have it you have it for life from what i'm understanding, but you can live very comfortably with it,, when you stick your fingers do it on the side of your finger it's less painful and some days no pain at all, you can stick your arm i've heard there's no pain with that.. as far as food, lots of protein, just remember very low carbs very low sugars,, when reading the labels 1 carb = 15 grams, depending on what your doctor tells you it's 1-3 carbs a meal. some of the things I have found that work are Atkins protein shakes help fight off hunger, Dannon fit and light Greek yogurt has the lowest sugars and carbs. Flatout wraps are awesome, you can make pizza or just a yummy wrap, the spinach has the lowest carbs. but they come in different flavors. Exercise helps too… I don't know what your BG numbers are but for me I tested at 300 and am now in the 100-170's I don't take the meds because of the side effects are too much to handle.. Talk to your Doctor and your nutritionist they can help give you a plan to get you going… I wish you lots of luck, it's hard at first and so confusing. but after a month I feel I'm on the right track,, and losing weight is always a bonus..

juliek4 2013-08-12 11:08:19 -0500 Report

I've never heard of diabetes being "beaten" as such, but i have heard it's reverseable. Hmmmm I'm not sure what that means. I had a few high bs readings and my dr slapped me on my bs is totally normal. I don't "diet, although i do watch what i eat a bit . But even if i slip, my bs remains in the normal range.I have the strangest "diabetes" i've ever seen.

Mimi43 2013-08-10 11:47:58 -0500 Report

My cousin dropped weight, and changed her eating and lifestyle to a healthy one, and no longer needs diabetes meds. That being said - she will have to monitor her BG and stay on the diet the rest of her life. My goal is the same, to lose the extra weight and through diet and exercise, maintain healthy BG levels without meds. Not there yet - but I'm getting closer every day!

linda28904 2013-08-09 18:14:03 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with type 2 in 1994 and have maintained it on oral medications only and am taking less than I was taking. Its not "curable" but it is manageable. I went back to school and learned as much as I could about it and experimented until I now know what works for me. I have a great doctor who supported me, kicked my butt when necessary and I only see him every 4 months as part of my maintenance. Am I perfect? No. I try to take each day one at a time and realize that I will make mistakes. I don't beat myself up anymore. I take time to love me and others. With God's grace, I will maintain.

ROSATIA_COMPLEX_CARBZ_ECIGS 2013-08-06 03:06:34 -0500 Report

Hay guys, Zach here…
I have rosatia and my friends call me "shitface" when i'm not around…I don't know if it's lighthearted fun or very derogatory and hateful. …screw the haters Love y'all

1ltd 2013-08-04 15:36:59 -0500 Report

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AG1980 2013-08-04 14:34:07 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your great responses. I'm still trying to cope with being diagnosed with type 2 a couple weeks ago and having some depressed days. I have so far changed my diet and brought my numbers down close to normal. I just hate this happened to me but i have to stay strong and fight this. You guys on here are awesome with your advice and positive attitudes. Good luck to all of y'all and take care.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-03 19:21:11 -0500 Report

I have never heard of a cure because there isn't one. You can go into remission but no one knows how long that can last. You can get to the point where you don't have to test or take meds but you will never be able to eat like you did before becoming diabetic.

You don't have to eat practically nothing, you have to eat healthier. Talk to a nutritionist, who can help you eat healthier foods. I only eat practically nothing when the weather here is too hot and humid that I dont' want to eat full meals so I might eat 6 small one. Diabeties requires perseverance, and dedication. You have to want to get better control of your disease and lower the numbers and try to be in control. You can also test on your arm, ask your doctor about that and then get the lancing device that has the head for testing on the arm. I alternate between fingers and arm with no problems.

tabby9146 2013-08-03 12:18:00 -0500 Report

you don't have to go hungry, have not read other responses yet, but there is no one cured. There are many who go into a remission, for who knows how long, varies from one person to the next. I am in remission I consider myself to be, because my last A1C was 5.3 and the one before that, about a year or so before that one was 5.4 right now I control by diet and exercise, so this can be done, but…not for everyone, we are all different. I think the reason I am doing so well now (diagnosed in 2008) is because it was caught early. now early does not mean that everything does not apply to me, it does. the diabetes educators told me that, after I got off the pills and called them and asked more questions, after my classes, because during the classes, I was on pills. those that are diagnosed early, and doing well for a long time, I doubt they can stay that way for very many years, but who knows, perhaps some can, but is a"progressive" for everyone. Most especially the longer you have it the more likely A1C goes up , BS goes up,but normal for A1C to go up and down and vary a lot.

Jesse's derby
Jesse's derby 2013-08-01 16:38:06 -0500 Report

What a great discussion! I am so pleased to read all the responses. Early on, I asked my doctor if I could overcome this. He looked at me like I was an alien with 3 heads. So, I guess not. However, as so many responses to this post indicated, with diligence, it can be controlled. I am working towards that. Not only do I not like the "blood letting" and shooting up of the insulin, I simply cannot afford this disease. I am taking as much care of myself now as I do of my cat…I am learning to love myself. (You know that airline advise, "Put the air mask over your face first".) I have learned that my well being comes first…it is difficult, however, it becomes less difficult as time goes by. Do I want/need all that ice cream? Or all those cookies? No. Have I learned to enjoy vegetables and hi fibers, Yep. Hang in there! Stick with the board. You will enjoy food in a way you never imagined!!! I did the "eat nothing" thing for a while…I was so afraid of food…uhm, not the way to go. I melted down to nothing…people who have known me for years didn't recognize me! But, now, with some time, knowledge and experience under my belt, I am getting on track…Bless you…hang in there…we are all here for each other! You came to the right place!

redeemedinhim 2013-08-01 15:38:41 -0500 Report

I know how you feel. I was diagnosed a yr ago. I was shocked, shed a few tears driving home from the Dr. Office and felt discouraged. Right away changed my diet (i was way over weight) also strictly monotoring my carbs for blood sugar control. I felt thrown to the wolves because i felt like i was given little if no direction from my dr. Confusion set in. Checked out info on computer everwhere i could. Got a grip of myself and started taking care of me. Had a lot of support from my adult daughter. I've lost 62 lbs, enjoy walking and have incorporated additional exercise in my routine. Loving life! Thanking God that diabetes has made me make better health choices. You can have victory with diabetes. Who knows, maybe the day will come when i dont have it anymore, but for now it is being controlled :-)

Carla48 2013-07-31 06:37:23 -0500 Report

Beaten Diabetes? I've heard stories, but generally from someone wanting to sell vegan-based meal replacement shakes. As Jim Edwards said, with care and LOTS of hard work you can get off insulin and meds, but like Jim's friend, you would have to be rigorous with maintenance.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-07-30 15:27:34 -0500 Report

Hello AG, I have not heard of any cures. I know people that manage it. One lady in particular has had it for over 20 years. She was on meds & insulin and determined to get off of both. Within 5 years of her DX she was off both. BUT… She is 100% (not 95%) careful with her food and liquid intake, she does some form of areboic exercise everyday. She dropped 67 pounds and is as close to drop dead beautiful as a 55 year old woman (who looks like she is in her early 30"s) can look. Is she cured? No, but she is very healthy. Jim

AG1980 2013-07-29 22:49:12 -0500 Report

Question, i know smoking is bad in general but how bad is it when u have diabetes? Anyone?

Mimi43 2013-08-10 11:45:28 -0500 Report

I read that in addition to adding to all the heart problems, that smoking magnifies the chances/occurrence of limb amputation. I quit cold turkey after reading that, after smoking 19 years. I don't want to lose my feet or legs!

Scarlet03 2013-07-31 03:21:58 -0500 Report

Smoking with diabetes increases your risk to your heart and other vascular system. The worst that can happen after prolonged use is a loss of limbs and life

Hart4Him 2013-07-29 22:39:25 -0500 Report

What is T1-T2 mean?

AG1980 2013-07-29 22:41:30 -0500 Report

Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes

Hart4Him 2013-07-29 22:58:15 -0500 Report

Thx, what about A1c?

AG1980 2013-07-29 23:20:41 -0500 Report

Average blood glucose levels for the last 3 months. When i first went in i was at 14, normal is 5 or 6. My blood sugar level was at 415. Just after a week, I'm down to 220. I'm taking this one day at a time. Take care

Hart4Him 2013-07-30 03:45:18 -0500 Report

that's all any of us have is one day-at a time.
Some good days, some bad. Thanks for the info.
God Bless

4sunshine 2013-07-29 16:29:53 -0500 Report

I'm the same way. My Doc and Endroc Doc says it can be beaten by eating the right foods and exercise. I work in front of a computer all day in a stressful enviroment and when i get done i want to eat dinner and chill by the tv. it's bad. and the food forget it. my god there is nothing to eat. looking at labels all the time and seeing how many low sugar crackers you can eat at one sitting. this is for the birds and i hate pricking my finger . I want it gone forever so i'm with you

AG1980 2013-07-29 17:47:58 -0500 Report

Sunshine, is that me talking or you? Lol, i work at a computer all day and all i wanted to do was come home and relax. I ate whatever, no restrictions and pretty much no exercise. Its tough but my numbers are so bad i got no choice but to change. Its cool to have this site as a support group and get great advice. Good luck to you with your battle, take care

Grace562 2013-07-30 15:25:07 -0500 Report

I can totally relate. I also sit in front of a computer all day, but my job is really boring so all I find myself doing is going over to the vending machine and eating bad stuff. I know I should bring veggies and healthy snacks but when I get home I have so much to do, being married with 2 kids. It is very difficult. I just hope that I can find time to make it easier and the key is to "MAKE TIME"

Copperchef 2013-07-29 15:55:51 -0500 Report

AG1980, Welcome to DC. I have had Type2 for about 5 years now. However, I have gained some pretty good control over my BS by making life style changes. First off, I learned that my original life style probably contributed to it. I now exercise regularly, cut out snacking, avoid foods made with high fructose corn syrup, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water.
It took some time, about 3 years, but slowly control came, with less and less big spikes. I now spike at about 200 at about 20 minutes after meal time and in a bout an hour, it drops back to around 140 or less. I use both Victosa, (once a day) and one 500 mg. tablet of Metformin once a day. OH, I stick myself only once every other day now and at different times just as a check.
I really attribute this to my endocrinologist. He is very aggressive in his treatment and also in his patient participation expectations. I originally saw him every two weeks for my first year, along with his nutritionist. My A1c originally was 11.7, today it fluctuates between 5.1 and 5.4.
I really see it as a re-education rather than a battle. What I learned mainly is that many things can contribute to the onset of the disease, i.e.., genetics, lifestyle, diet and habits and also illness. But through education and a little work you can still live a really normal life. I eat cake and ice cream, but now it is one or the other and just enough to be able to feel that I didn't deprive myself. I am actually looking forward to my next Doctors visit, we are going to see if I can reduce my Victosa dosage from 6mg.
Please be patient. Progress may seem slow, but as your body adapts to treatment, so will you. Look for ways for you to set goals and milestones. Celebrate success no matter how big or how small.

AG1980 2013-07-29 22:33:25 -0500 Report

Thank you Copperchef, i appreciate you sharing your stories and experiences. I'm taking metformin and now taking insulin. This is just so overwhelming, i feel so bad about myself that i let myself get here. I.guess this is what i get for not caring or just bring nieve. Well, i have no choice now but to follow the steps. I'm taking it one day at a time, i have to get better/healthy. Like you said, "be patient". Thanks buddy, take care.

Bluegill88 2013-07-29 17:06:45 -0500 Report

I like what you are saying and I will give your method a try. I will let you know how I am doing. Thanks for the information.

abdulhaq 2013-07-28 14:12:15 -0500 Report

AG1980, battling is good. It means you are upto the task. If you have seen Harry Potter series, you just need the right spell and the dementor can go away. Sir Zafrullah Khan, the first foreign minister of Pakistan lived healthily with diabetes for around 60 years or so. He died in his late 80's as a normal human being on the face of earth would.

tabby9146 2013-08-03 12:22:59 -0500 Report

I love comparison of Harry Potter and the dementors, excellent!!! I also love to hear of how many lived a normal life, well controlled for a number of yrs, this is the first time I have heard of type2, well second time, that lived well with it for 60 years that is wonderful

AG1980 2013-07-29 22:47:05 -0500 Report

Well Mr. Khan is my diabetes idol, lol. You're right though, i have to just find the right way to treat this beast. I'm up for the challenge my friend. Thanks buddy.

Acousins 2013-07-28 08:09:19 -0500 Report

Yes you can manage yourself and be taken off of meds but you have to work at it with your doctor. So don't give up. We are all in the same boat. Somedays its hard work.

AG1980 2013-07-29 22:38:51 -0500 Report

Hard work, something I'm not accustomed to doing when it comes to taking care of myself. But, i won't/can't give up. I need to be here, people need me in their lives. One day at a time. Take care

Grace562 2013-07-30 15:30:20 -0500 Report

You know your response really touched me. I have been complaining alot of how hard this process is and very little do I stop to think of the consequences and the burden that I am putting upon those who need me in their lives. Because my children need me in their lives. I am making a very serious promise to do better and not complain as much and whenever i want to reach for that candy bar or alchohol, I will think of the impact on them.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-07-28 07:43:32 -0500 Report

There is no cure, BUT like Nick said YOU are the key to avoiding meds and pricks. I have T1, and my last A1c was 5.9 the doctor said if I was a T2 I would no longer need meds, unfortunately my pancreas no longer does the job of releasing insulin to my body, so I have to take care of this! With diet and exercise you can manageYOUR diabetes, that's the key it belongs to You and it is up to you what the result will be! Good luck!

locarb 2013-07-27 18:08:40 -0500 Report

In a word, "no." It can be managed. Fortunately, and you will get excellent advice from several others here, I have managed to control my BG for three years with "normal" blood sugar and A1C results about 5.6. I have to monitor all that I eat and exercise several times each week. I realize this
isn't possible for everyone and, perhaps, may not
always be for me.

We all wish there was a "cure". Spend your energy managing your health. You may be surprised at how well you do.

tabby9146 2013-08-03 12:24:32 -0500 Report

so far I have controlled well by D&E since spring of 2009, so glad you have done so well, I read your story before

AG1980 2013-07-27 13:04:06 -0500 Report

Nick, your the best buddy! I hope i can be as strong willed as you at some point. Right now i just want to eat a big fat juicy double cheeseburger or go to a Chinese buffet but i know i can't. I have been doing good so far, i just hope i won't be selfish/stupid and just go back to the old diet. With the new diet, checking my blood and taking pills everyday its just new for me and i don't like it but i just have to convince myself its necessary for me to live well and eventually get healthy. Thanks again Nick for your great advice.

tabby9146 2013-08-03 12:26:11 -0500 Report

I certainly let myself have a hamburger sometimes, there are many times I have a little too much fat, but I don't worry about it. once controlled, I think a person should do this sometimes, for me it helps me to stay on track when I am not overly strict about it, I allow many things, just in moderation but sometimes , I dont do moderation and that is every now and then and I just eat all I want and nothing wrong with that at times.I don't beat myself up over it anymore

Nick1962 2013-07-27 16:47:41 -0500 Report

Well, once you've got the habit down, it'll get pretty easy. Don't worry, you can still do the chinese buffet (once in a while), you just have to keep yourself in check. i pretty much fill up on hot/sour soup, and a plate of sample sizes of veggies and meats.
And that fat juicy double cheeseburger - well, after a while just the sight of it will turn your stomach.
You're going to have good and bad days. Don't be too hard on yourself on the bad ones, but after the end of the good ones, make sure you tell yourself "good job" and sleep with a smile on your face knowing you've accomplished something good. Energizes you even more the next morning to do it again!

Nick1962 2013-07-27 09:31:05 -0500 Report

Cured? Well, there’s debate if that’s possible. Reversed, in remission, beaten? That depends on your particular “brand’ of diabetes. If its a physiological problem that brought it on, like pancreatitis or insulin resistance, then maybe not. However, if you’re lucky and it’s just a case of crappy diet like me, then yes. But another “however”, you can’t just assume it’s gone. You do need to stay on a reasonably healthy diet and get exercise – which we should do anyway.

I was dx’d in 2007 and have kept my A1c below 6 for about 5 years now without meds. According to my doctor, I no longer need to test – but I still do. I follow a strict diet, and by that I mean it’s not a case of not eating, just being pretty selective of what I put in my mouth and how often.

If I went back to my old diet, my numbers would probably creep back up again, but I would be physically sick if I did it. I have “experimented” by going back and having a meal or two that was “old diet” and my body seems to react better to it than it had before, so there may be some hope of repair, but I’m living life too well now to even think about screwing it up.
Just my experience-your mileage may vary. That help any?

tabby9146 2013-08-03 12:28:41 -0500 Report

me too Nick, living too well to screw it up!! for me, it will be 5 years in Nov. diagnosed, but 5 years in late Feb., that I have been off pills and controlling successfully with D&E. I aim to make that many more yrs

4sunshine 2013-07-29 16:40:04 -0500 Report

Thanks Nick I'm in the same boat bad diet and low exercise due to sitting in front of a computer at work all day. I want to get it under control and feel well again. so tired of all the pills but mine are low dosage 2m and 5m. I have an awesome Doc that studies my blood work and has me going to a terrific Endro Doc she shows me exercises i can do to get rid of the belly. but to hear your story gives me so much hope I thank you for it. please don't stop writing on here you are an inspiration to all of us. thanks again

Nick1962 2013-07-29 18:52:15 -0500 Report

Well thank you 4sunshine for those kind words and welcome to the group!
I'm just passing on the inspiration because quite frankly, I'm pretty suprised I am where I am. I got it from a guy who took the same weight loss challenge the year before me. He lost 170 lbs and ended up running a marathon, never having jogged a day in his life.

Every little step in the right direction makes you want to take another, even after tripping and falling a few times. Sounds like you're going to be the next one to pick up the torch and pass the inspiration along. Please let us know how it's going, we all like sucess stories!

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