Can I lower my numbers and get off insulin?

By Dietbeeties Latest Reply 2014-09-02 13:28:46 -0500
Started 2009-05-05 08:59:53 -0500

Been hearing alot about people lowering numbers and not having diabetes anymore, I'm at 7.3 A1C now…some major exercise and diet changes could maybe put me at the right number? I thought there wasn't a cure. I'm confused. They did a test when I first diagnosed and said I don't produce any insulin at all, so how would I get insulin if I don't inject it? What am I missing here?

19 replies

mamaoak 2009-05-08 19:00:27 -0500 Report

i am a type two and igot off the insulin shots. i am on metifor um pills and am trying to get evry thing under control my dr said i could go off pills when i have ost enough wait and my nummbers are good waiting for my next appoint ment in augst. i shoud be good bye then unless i have some sort of set back. but i will all ways have to whatch what i do.

Paintups 2009-05-08 18:12:56 -0500 Report

i believe that type 1 is the only type of diabetis that there isnt a way to get rid of it. other than a pancreas transplant.

kdroberts 2009-05-08 21:10:00 -0500 Report

You can't get rid of any diabetes other than gestational and even then you become a huge risk for future type 2.

tomsgurl 2009-05-07 00:04:21 -0500 Report

there is no cure and ive never heard anything about lowering your numbers and getting off insulin ive had type 1 for 38 years.

SkipT 2009-05-06 21:08:15 -0500 Report

As a type 1 you will always need insulin. It is by controling your diet that you can control how much you will need.
I was diagnosed type 2 almost 2 and 1/2 years ago. I was put on metformin and actos. 1 year later through a low carb diet (Dr. Bernstein) I was taken off actos. A year ago I was taken off the metformin. I maintain my BG thru diet and exercise. If you really want something and have a positive attitude I think you can do it.
I have diabetes, it doesn't have me.

jetliner 2009-05-06 09:13:08 -0500 Report

consider gymnema, a supplement (sugar burner). It has helped lower my readings substantially

kdroberts 2009-05-06 09:21:42 -0500 Report

Interesting. What sort of improvements are you seeing with it? Fasting, post meal, etc? Presumably you didn't make any other changes to your diet, activity level or medications. Also, are you type 1 or type 2?

Dietbeeties 2009-05-05 11:52:19 -0500 Report

I actually got impatient and was able to search some of it out online..but this definitely cleared some things up! Thanks! I knew it was too good to be true:(

kdroberts 2009-05-05 10:44:31 -0500 Report

There is no cure. Talk about not having diabetes anymore is just not true. There are type 2's who don't produce any insulin at all but don't have the autoimmune problems a type 1 does, there are type 2's who produce a little insulin but not enough and there are type 2's who are severely insulin resistant. Combination are possible as well.

Depending on where your problem lies will dictate what your long term treatment will be. If you were told you don't produce any insulin (and that was actually true), as has been said, unless a medical breakthrough is made there is no way you will be able to come off insulin.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-05-05 09:39:25 -0500 Report

This is a very good question. The explanation is that there are two distinct types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where your immune system destroys the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin. After those cells are gone, you must take insulin injections for the rest of your life (or until they discover a cure.)

Type 2 diabetes is where the body still produces insulin but either produces too little or the body has become resistant to the effects of insulin, causing the blood sugar to run too high.

Type 2 diabetics can improve their response to insulin by modifying their diet, losing weight (if needed), and exercising regularly. Some type 2 diabetics are able to stop taking medications, including insulin, as they improve their diet and general health. However, even some type 2 diabetics who eat healthy and exercise regularly must take medications throughout the rest of their lives to maintain healthy blood sugars.

It sounds like you are a type 1 diabetic if your body is producing no insulin at all. That means that no matter how well you control your blood sugar, your need for injected insulin will never go away. Well, unless there is a cure discovered that will regenerate your insulin-producing cells in your pancreas.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-05-05 11:06:16 -0500 Report

Even if you are type 2 and can come off of meds you are not cured. You are controling you diabeties through diet and exercise. You will still need to test your sugars and have your hba1c run to confirm you are still in control.

ohiomom55 2009-05-06 14:31:10 -0500 Report

I was put on insulin, glipizide and metformin when diagnosed with T2, since then with diet and exercise I am off insulin and glipizide. Still taking metformin, but doc says if I keep doing what I am doing with diet and exercise I can work my way off that too. I know I am lucky in that some may not. I am proof that some can, if I do manage to get off the metformin, my doc tells me my diabetes would be considered in remission.

spitfire815 2009-05-06 15:50:48 -0500 Report

Hi John,
The answer to your question is YES. You can do it with diet & exercise.. I am off insulin myself now for about 2 yrs. I lost alot of weight, which brought my sugars down & i exercise whenever i get the chance. My sugar levels are at a very good place & i'm happy to be off insulin. I hope you reach your goal & be insulin free also:-)

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2009-05-08 18:48:25 -0500 Report

Careful — the two types make the difference. A type 1 diabetic can never be insulin free (at least, not now… someday, maybe they'll cure it). A type 2 diabetics body is insulin resistant. A type 1 diabetic's body doesn't produce insulin. You can't live without it, so you have to inject it.

spitfire815 2009-05-06 15:52:13 -0500 Report

By the way i am a type 2 diabetic.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-05-06 17:10:11 -0500 Report

Yes, if you are type 2, you have the chance to get off insulin (and/or other meds) if you improve your health through eating and exercise.

However, the original question was from a poster who said she'd been told she was not producing any insulin—which would most likely make her a type 1. A type 1 diabetic must take insulin for the rest of his/her life.

steveftw 2014-09-02 13:28:46 -0500 Report

Hey - newcomer to this website; great topic.

My family was chock-full of Type 2, both sides - Dad shot insulin for over 25 years; Mom over 20.

I'm 59 - got the bottles of insulin and a box of needles for my 50th birthday, after 7 years of increasingly poor results on every oral med out there.

Now - here's where I'm going to get jumped on - I've come to the conclusion that Type II diabetes is NOTHING MORE THAN THE SYMPTOM OF A FOOD ALLERGY.

Over the last 3 years, I'm down almost 110 lbs, 70 this year alone. CARBS ARE POISON TO ME.

I'm eating - happily, handily, and well fed - with less than 70 grams of carbs each day, 40% of that fiber.

I stopped fast-acting insulin a little over a month ago.

I stopped basal insulin on the 22nd of last month.

At my peak weight, I was using over 300 units per day, combined. 150 basal and 150+ fast

80's and 90's at night
110's and 120's in the morning.

Still have another 20-40-60 lbs to go (60 is my target)

For the first time in my life, I have what I can clearly define as "food sobriety".

It can be done; I'm living it.

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