Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis

By deannafc Latest Reply 2009-11-09 20:12:44 -0600
Started 2009-11-09 12:29:58 -0600

I have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and my mother was Type 2 Insulin Dependent. My doctor was not very helpful in making suggestions about the diagnosis and what I needed. I am now testing only once per day and the ratings stay between 100 and 140 unless I have eaten something especially sweet which I rarely do. I am only taking one oral medication and the doctor hasn't mentioned anything else I need. My question is if I lose weight and/or cut all or most of the sugar out of my diet (start eating right), is there a chance that the diabetes will go away or resolve on it's own or is this diagnosis for the rest of my life? I would really appreciate any thoughts.

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Andrew S. Rhinehart
Andrew S. Rhinehart 2009-11-09 20:12:44 -0600 Report

I am a physicain specializing in the treatment of people with diabetes and I hear your question frequently. Can I cure my type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)? The answer is "no". T2DM is not curable but instead controllable. With proper education, diet, weight loss, exercise and medications. T2DM can be very well controlled. There is data to suggest that gastric bypass surgery may "cure" T2DM while other believe the T2DM is just "in remission" from the drastic weight loss. I believe it is a life-long illness.
Be sure you get the proper education by a nurse and dietician at an American Diabetes Association accredited education center & assemble a good diabetes care team to treat you. I discuss both these issues and many others in my first book "I Have Diabetes!! Now What?" Visit my website www.TheDiabetesExpert.com for more diabetes related information and links to buy my books.

alanbossman 2009-11-09 18:05:26 -0600 Report

Hi deannafc, Sarguillo is right once diabetic always diabetic. Sorry you have to hear that, but like Sarguillo said diet and exersise could kept you off the meds. One year ago my weight was 215 now i am down to 178 my last three a1c were 5.4,5.4,and 5.1 but i am still diabetic and will be the rest of my life


hbkunkel 2009-11-09 15:57:01 -0600 Report

Ask the doctor to send you to a diabetic education course and to see a nutrionist. Also look through many of the posts here and you will find great help. By the way, welcome to the site and feel free to post questions to better learn what you are dealing with. It is one thing to help your mother but it hits home when it is you that is now the diabetic. Good luck and keep us informed.

Sarguillo 2009-11-09 12:46:57 -0600 Report

I too am a T2. About 12 years now. One you have diabetes, its there, it wont go away. You might be able to loose enough weight and eat right enough to be able to handle it by diet alone and exersise, but that would mean some testing and how your your system is doing. It might be making enough insulin for you or it might not and you will need to stay on meds for the rest of your life. Either way, loosing some weight, eating right, might decrease the amount of meds you have to take now.
Please take a diabetes class. Get to know what you have. Read a book if you can. Knowledge is power in this.
Good luck.
Feel free to bounch your ideas and ask questions.
We have been there and have expirienced most all situations.