Can diabetes really be cured ?

By GMV Latest Reply 2014-04-15 17:39:41 -0500
Started 2014-04-11 20:30:01 -0500

Hi have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. As a result over the last 30 days I've been doing a lot of research regarding the disease and how to manage it.

There are numerous books out there that talk about stopping diabetes and reversing diabetes either through supplements or diet.

Is it really possible to get to a point where you no longer have to take either insulin or oral medication? Can you really reverse diabetes?

Does your pancreas if treated properly in any way rejuvenate self like the liver does?

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Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant 2014-04-15 17:39:41 -0500 Report

There is a lot of books, juicing, supplements, and various diets that claim their way can cure diabetes. Most of this is from happy, clappy, hippy horse (insert 4 letter word here). This is sad as it gives people false hope. Every claim has to be backed by good evidence otherwise it should be disregarded. The default null hypothesis is your best friend when doing research on diabetes. I recommend using only Google scholar when researching diabetes. This just shows peer reviewed scientific documentation. Select books that follow closely to the scientific consensus.

There is no cure for diabetes yet. I hope some day there will be but not yet. However you can control the disease, prevent complications and in many cases reverse the complications of the disease. By keeping your blood sugar normal 70 to 110 you reduce the chance of developing or prolong the development of nerve damage, poor eye sight, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. In many cases people have reversed kidney damage and nerve damage by taking control of their diabetes. This is not to be confused as a cure. If they eat pizza and drink a milk shake they will have high blood sugar.

How do you get to normal blood sugar? If you are overweight in most cases losing weight will improve your insulin resistance. Exercise is essential. Alternate anaerobic and aerobic exercise. Anaerobic, building muscle reduces insulin resistance. It gives more muscle mass to absorb glucose from your blood. Also there is more blood flow and there is more surface area for glucose in your blood to be absorbed. Aerobic exercise does help with blood sugar, however its biggest function is reduce heart attack and stroke. Be sure to discuss this with your DR. first.

What to eat is a big misconception among diabetics, dietitians, and doctors. Most think to simply eat healthy. A turkey burger with whole wheat bread along with peas and sweet potato is healthy, but not for a diabetic. For most diabetics it will cause their sugar to spike. Other than the turkey it is all carbs. Diabetics can't have sugar. That is what makes your blood sugar go up. Another word for sugar is carbohydrates. Carbs have to be significantly reduced. People with peanut allergies can't have peanuts so they don't eat them. People with diabetes can't have carbs so reduce them. It is as simple as that. You can't eliminate carbs. You need to reach a balance between not having too low blood sugar and too high. Your blood glucose meter will tell you that balance. Some people can have 40 grams of carbs per meal but most others 20 or less per meal. I eat 15 grams of carbs per meal. Discuss diet with your DR for the right fit for you. Everyone's insulin resistance is different.

JaredLahti 2014-04-14 22:20:42 -0500 Report

I agree that there is no "cure". But for many through eating healthy and exercise they can get off meds. I'm hopefully about to get off all diabetes meds next month through this process.

Nick1962 2014-04-14 18:34:36 -0500 Report

Ditto all the answers so far. No, the pancreas doesn’t rebuild, but depending on your particular “brand” of diabetes, your pancreas may simply be protesting rather than damaged. Like any organ, if you stress it, it will not work the way it should. Once I got my diet under control, with a daily feeding routine, my pancreas seemed to “trust” me again that I wasn’t going to go 4 days on salads then “surprise”, here’s 4 slices of toast for breakfast followed up by fast food for lunch and dinner.

Right now (after loads of testing) I can eat a poor, pre-diagnosis meal, and while I do spike, things return to normal within the prescribed amount of time.
Now, I don’t do that except for “scientific” purposes (and I’m sure you believe that), and those binges are far and few between, but no, as CarolToo points out, the terms cured, reversed and such are best left to the liguists for now. I’m calling myself “well controlled”.

Type1Lou 2014-04-14 17:12:45 -0500 Report

The short answer is "No, diabetes cannot be cured". What you can do is better manage your condition by making the right food and exercise and medication choices. For some, that means they will not need medication at all. It's all about the choices you make to deal (or not) with diabetes.

Kaydoo 2014-04-12 09:20:20 -0500 Report

Please apologize my iPhone does AutoCorrect and sometimes changes the words that I'm trying to say so it can make my posts look strange at times

Kaydoo 2014-04-12 09:18:08 -0500 Report

The pancreas does not rejuvenate. Like everybody's been saying previously you can get to the point where you don't require oral medication if you're very very careful about your diet and you do exercise a lot. Well, some can anyway. In a few do you get your numbers down to great levels without medication it is something that you're going to struggle with for the rest of your life never going to be like you can drink Coca-Cola or eat as many desserts is you want to. It's about making food choices that you can live with. My doctor said it's probably easier to be a type one diabetic and it is to be a type to his reasoning was if you had a party and they had cake you can adjust your insulin and have a piece a cake. He worries about me being so careful with my diet though because he's afraid I'm going to experience a low and then start eating because I never want to have that low again. My answer to him was that I had experienced lows previously before being diagnosed with diabetes I just wasn't sure what was happening to me. I can handle alone I know how to work through a low I figured it out long before I was diagnosed however it's living with a high numbers that's so difficult I don't enjoy having blurry vision was feeling sick all the time running to the bathroom every five minutes I'd rather keep the glucose low and have a piece of candy to get through that then have to deal with the effects of high blood glucose.
But Diabetes is a manageable disease we don't have cancer we don't have something that we have to take metabolic poisons to correct our disorder. Have a close friend is going through about breast-cancer right now and she just send out an metastasized to her lungs she's going to chemotherapy she feels tired all the time and she said to me that she knows how I missed feel struggling to the fatigued and I'm experiencing in my answer to her was that I had absolutely no business ever complaining about my diabetes in the face of what she's going through.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-13 13:58:19 -0500 Report

Kaydoo you said, "In a few do you get your numbers down to great levels without medication it is something that you're going to struggle with for the rest of your life never going to be like you can drink Coca-Cola or eat as many desserts is you want to. It's about making food choices that you can live with." As long as you view something as a struggle, it will become one.

You do not have to struggle with diabetes unless you choose to struggle. If you change your lifestyle choose to be as healthy as possible, you will find that you are not struggling with diabetes.

I changed my eating habits, added exercise and control my diabetes. No you cannot have cake and pie for dessert, you may be able to have cake or pie for dessert.

I have friends and family members who complain about their diabetes. They do not call me to complain about it because I have told them I am not listening to them complain. If they choose to struggle with diabetes instead of committing themselves to taking better care of themselves, that is on them. They were diabetic long before me and yet I am in better control then they are. I saw my cousin yesterday. He is on crutches because of neuropathy. He is upset because he cannot dance until it clears up, if ever. He thought he could eat what he wanted and take Metformin and he would be fine. He was wrong. We were at a Birthday Party and he asked me how I could eat cake. I told him my blood sugar is 90 and that was 2 hours after dinner was served. I ate meat and veggies. He ate meat, veggies, mashed potatoes, corn and rolls. He is struggling, I am not.

jigsaw 2014-04-12 06:38:32 -0500 Report

There are those, that can manage to keep their blood glucose within normal range with a good food plan and exercise and no medication. There are many factors that determine if you are that fortunate. I believe that you will find that most people that can effectively reverse or control their diabetes without medication, were either substantially overweight or obese at one time.. Sometimes, by getting down to and maintaining a normal weight with a healthy lifestyle, it is possible to reverse (not cure) ones diabetes.

Three factors that come into play amongst many, are how long one has had diabetes, the amount of damage that has taken place to the body as a result, and genetic factors. Diabetes is a complex condition that involves the pancreas, liver, intestines, and metabolism, to say the least. As a matter of fact, it is so complex that it is not completely understood in the field of medicine.

The best one can do is give it their best attempt. Find out how to live a healthy lifestyle with a balanced nutritious food plan along with a good exercise plan. Speak with diabetes specialists, such as registered dieticians, and diabetes educators. Keep learning, and be patient, the worst that can happen is you'll be healthier, and maybe you'll reverse your diabetes.

Caroltoo 2014-04-11 22:25:54 -0500 Report

My own experience is that I was diagnosed 12 years ago with a BG of 396. I took oral meds for a couple years while I increased my exercise, revamped my diet to eliminate many trigger foods, and learned to manage my stress level better. In the intervening years, I learned other modifications I needed to make to meet the specific food needs of my body.

Now, 12 years later, I stay within the normal range of BGs solely on the basis of these lifestyle changes . As long as I follow my healthy lifestyle, my diabetes is not an issue in my life.

Am I cured? Not by medical criterion because, as Joyce pointed out, I could be stupid and throw all this away by making poor choices. But, since I have absolutely no desire to revert to the previous lifestyle, I am living a healthy life which is effectively free of diabetes. At this point, whether or not I am "cured" seems more of a linguistic game, because regardless I am healthy.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-11 21:52:39 -0500 Report

There is no known cure for diabetes. There are all kinds of books that say you can reverse it or cure it and there are all kinds of scams saying the same thing. You can get to the point where medication is no longer required but you still have to monitor what you are eating. It is kind of like diabetes remission. It can be dormant but it is still there and can flare up at any time.

As far as the pancreas rejuvenating that is a question for a medical doctor or someone who is doing research on the pancreas.

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