Thoroughly confused

By H8havingDiabetes Latest Reply 2014-10-12 12:05:31 -0500
Started 2014-10-08 20:59:43 -0500

I stopped taking the Metformin for 8 days and my highest number was 97 the lowest was 88. I spoke to my doctor and he said that although my numbers are good, (A1c 5.0) he wants me to take the Metformin to help my pancreas and slow down the inevitable complications as diabetes progresses.
I have started taking the Metformin again and the numbers are still the same.

I have heard that losing a lot of weight can eliminate diabetes. I had a friend who had to give himself shots of insulin before having a gastric bypass and losing 135 pounds. After his weight loss he no longer had diabetes. I have lost about 60 pounds since I was diagnosed.

I have also heard that it is not possible to cure diabetes.

While I was off the medication I had a large Dominos pizza and other forbidden foods without any problems.

Is it possible to cure diabetes or not? There seems to be a lot of conflicting information.

10 replies

H8havingDiabetes 2014-10-12 12:05:31 -0500 Report

Thank you to all who have responded. My doctor had told me it would take a week for the Metformin in my system to leave. I am back on the Metformin and just tested the higher carb foods to see if there would be any adverse effects. I was hoping that the loss of weight would make the Diabetes go away, but to be on the safe side I am back on the program. I also read that diabetics taking Metformin live longer than people who do not have Diabetes.

Mag Mag
Mag Mag 2014-10-12 10:17:37 -0500 Report

There is no cure for diabetes but due to lifestyle changes, you can come of medication. My mom was diagnose with diabetes and was put on metformin, she lost about 40 lbs and the doctors took her of her meds and said she did not need it any more. However she gained back some of the weight and had to go back on the meds. Now that she have lost the weight again and they have taken her of the meds once again. However according yo her new doctor , she is still diabetic but it is being control by her diet only and she does not need to take medication. My mom still have to monitor her sugars and see the doctor every couple of months. So my word of advise is that not because you have great numbers mean you can eat what you want or because you lost weight it means the diabetes is gone. Be careful it is always there.

Arabesque 2014-10-12 08:01:27 -0500 Report

I take three metformin a day and lately, due to lifestyle stress, I had been forgetting to take the occasional one pill a day. I was concerned but the doctor told me not to worry as it would take about a month of forgetting to show most adverse affects. Also, when I was first diagnosed with diabetes (I had it for years) and attended a workshop at our local hospital, they said that by the time a person is usually diagnosed, the pancreas has at least lost 50%, possibly more, of its proper functionality. This functionality cannot be regained but it is assisted by medication and proper lifestyle changes. Once a diabetic, always a diabetic. It can be managed to the point of not needing medication, but not resolved. A pre-diabetic is just someone in the early stages who has a better chance of the least damage through changing their lifestyle.

Aubagio 2014-10-11 12:57:28 -0500 Report

Losing 60 pounds as you did will go along way to control your diabetes ( assuming you were correctly diagnosed at the beginning). As far as continuing to take the Metformin, that is an important thing to research and discuss with your Dr.
Metformin may help you keep the weight off and reduce your risk of elevated blood sugars in the future.
Metformin usually does NOT cause low blood sugar ( hypoglycemia).
As far as "forbidden foods" I think a dietitian would tell you there are no "forbidden" ones, just that some choices are better for you than others and that portion control is the most important thing. If you continue to eat large portions and gain the weight back, it is likely that your blood sugars will be elevated again in the future. ( Your diabetes is not cured, but it is CONTROLLED!)
So continue to talk to your Dr, congrats on the weight loss and EXCELLENT A1C!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-09 13:21:31 -0500 Report

There is NO cure for diabetes. Just because you are not taking medications for it does not mean you are not diabetic. A good friend and former coworker got off her meds but she is STILL a diabetic. She controls it with diet and exercise.

If you are eating large pizzas and other forbidden foods you are only playing Russian Roulette with your health. I have had two different doctors tell me that gastric bypass can put a diabetic into a form of remission. This doesn't mean you are no longer diabetic it just means your blood sugar is in good range. It does not mean your friend will not have diabetes return. It simply means his pancreas is currently producing enough insulin to maintain his low blood sugar.

Why people believe their is a cure is beyond me. All of the ads that say cure diabetes is basically a scam. There is nothing you can take that is going to cure diabetes and that is a known fact.

Type1Lou 2014-10-09 10:29:30 -0500 Report

It is not possible to "cure" diabetes. It is possible to manage the condition and some people (Type 2's) are able to eliminate the symptoms by carefully adhering to a diet and exercise regimen so that it "appears" to have been cured. Like James noted, the underlying diabetes will recur if that person then relapses to prior eating habits. Anyone who claims to "cure" diabetes is misleading you.

H8havingDiabetes 2014-10-09 09:22:29 -0500 Report

Gabby, I was diagnosed in January 2014. When I finally got in to see a doctor at the Nashville VA a year after moving to TN, their blood tests indicated that my A1c was 11.7 and my blood sugar was 347. For the 3 months prior to the blood test I had over 120 16.9 oz bottles of Coke in the glass bottles with real sugar and a lot of the half gallon bottles of Sunny D. By cutting out the regular coke, Sunny D and other high carb foods, my next A1c was 5.9 and my blood sugar was in the 80s.
I asked the dietician if the high sugar intake caused the high readings and she said that if I didn't have diabetes, my numbers would not have spiked.

Glucerna 2014-10-09 18:25:52 -0500 Report

I really like the dietitian's response to your question. It's great that you're now managing diabetes so well. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-10-09 06:51:29 -0500 Report

How long have you been diagnosed? With numbers like that you are at risk of going low on meds, there seems to have been a misdiagnosis.

A member here was diagnosed with diabetes while on steriods (which increase your blood sugar) Once off the steroids, they struggles with the diabetes meds and going low. They were finally taken off of all meds, and it was deemed the steroids were causing her high numbers.

jayabee52 2014-10-09 00:16:29 -0500 Report

Howdy H8
Perhaps you may need a new Dr, as I believe this Dr is giving you faulty information. What I believe is that while you may have "prediabetes", If you make lifestyle adjustments you can avoid T2 diabetes completely.

There are some who say it is possible to cure T2 diabetes, but when I ask those who say that and ask them if one can eat everything and anything they did before their Dx they say things like why would one want to do that and then go on to describe a program of maintaining one's BG in the normal range. So what they say, in effect is: NO there is no cure. I can do that with my own low carb/high protein meal plan without paying the bucks they want folks to shell out.

Gastric bypass is an interesting study as what happens there is one is forcing themself to diminish their consumption of carbs and calories by that surgery

I have had a friend do the bypass surgery and she was OK for a while, but little by little she stretched her pouch out and got about 75% (when I last saw her about 2 yrs ago) and her T2 is back, and there's nothing more can be done surgically. I do not recommend it to those who think it might be a solution or a cure to T2. If they can't adhere to a lifestyle choice of eating a low carb/high protein menu, then I doubt they'd stick to the lifestyle imposed upon them by the scalpel.

The Pizza was not the best move you could have made, Maybe it would be best if you postponed more meals like that for a few years and then only once in a while

God's best to you

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