Is it possible to reverse type 2 Diabetes?

By ccarpenter5 Latest Reply 2013-10-04 16:27:12 -0500
Started 2013-09-27 15:19:23 -0500

Last august I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes my A1C was 9.8. Thru Diet exercise and family support I am 60lbs lighter can wear my sons clothes and today got results from my yearly physical my A1C 6.3. The Dr. has cut back all my meds. Can it be reversed?

9 replies

tabby9146 2013-10-04 16:27:12 -0500 Report

Congrats on losing 60lbs!! I am also one who controls by diet and exercise and have been for well over 4 years. At first, for 3 months I was on MEtformin and then when the weight was still coming off, I started having lows and was able to get off of it. I was determined to do just that. I had nearly 40 lbs. to lose. So having kept it off all that time, and still doing good. I just try to watch what I eat most of the time, I sometimes fall off the wagon for 'days' at a time, but I get right back on. I exercise daily for at least 30 mins. someitmes I do yoga for 15 mins. or 10 or whatever time I have and late in the day maybe 20 mins. of cardio other times when I have more time, I might do 15-20 mins of cardio one part of the day ,and then hours later, do another aerobic routine that might start out with yoga, then interval training, and then yoga at the end. I do not feel it can be reversed just in remission, but I agree with everyone else, as soon as a person starts back on the old ways, it will change.

locarb 2013-10-04 14:41:49 -0500 Report

In a word, "no." Like others here, I have been "controlled" with normal BG for over three years (A1C 5.2 to 5.5). I exercise a lot, lost weight and closely monitor what I eat. After testing a lot, I learned what works for me. People just assume I'm a picky eater rather than perceive me as having a health condition. Like others said, if I resumed prior eating habits, or sedentary lifestyle, my BG would rise and health deteriorate. So, if you're lucky…you can be asymptomatic. But it's not gone.

Either way, look how great so many of "us" are doing. I hope that encourages everyone here. There are new members all the time and others who are understandably upset and depressed by their diagnosis. It's really great to see how well so many people manage this with (or without) medication.

Brittany<3 2013-10-01 00:49:54 -0500 Report

Very nearly from what I understand. Yes. But I'm type one so I don't know much on the subject. As with anything I would think that type 2 and how it affects a person is purely dependent on a person. I wish you luck!

sm2012 2013-09-30 21:12:19 -0500 Report

Keep loosing weight until you reach your ideal weight. I am trying to do the same thing. Loose about 30 lb and then check my numbers. I am 200 lb and I want to be 168 lb. I am determine to loose. I wish you good luck. Please keep posted your progress.

ccarpenter5 2013-09-28 19:35:18 -0500 Report

Thank you for the responses. I've tried asking some questions on other sites but never got any responses

peggy1255 2013-09-28 22:01:25 -0500 Report

Hi ccarpenter
I too have lowered blood sugar even got off of insulin from exercise and weight loss, kept off for yrs, but if you eat too much or the wrong foods your blood sugar will and can go up right away, So my advice is to stay on track, or you might have the same problem with your BS as before you lost weight and started eating healthy.
Good luck:)

Nick1962 2013-09-28 15:14:49 -0500 Report

Similar situation as Kirk - dropped over 100 lbs, changed my diet and my A1c has been 4.9-5.2 for the last 3 years and am not on meds. Reversed - depending on your specific "brand" of diabetes, I'd say yes. Foods that spiked me bad 4 years ago don't have the same effect anymore.
Congrats on the 60 lbs. by the way. Bet it sure feels good fitting into smaller clothes!

Kirk H
Kirk H 2013-09-28 12:58:18 -0500 Report

I am in a similar situation…lost a lot of weight…good excersize…lowered my A1C from 11.1 to 6.8. In my case, if I go eat like crazy my BS will still baloon…so while my numbers are a lot better, I could easily make them worse if I wanted too.

snuggles11 2013-09-28 11:14:45 -0500 Report

Cannot answer that question for you!
But you are doing a great job your numbers are looking fantastic
Keep up the good work!