Can Someone stop being a diabetic?

By donsom Latest Reply 2016-06-23 01:54:17 -0500
Started 2010-06-27 14:39:08 -0500

I know someone that has been told they were a type two diabetic, now they have lost weight. They said, they are no longer a diabetic. Is that possible?

24 replies

Rayv0ne 2016-06-23 01:54:17 -0500 Report

When I was first told I had type 2 diabetes my A1C were 12 and blood sugar levels 500s I had stop taking my meds gained more weight haven't changed anything except for stress A1C 6.5 blood sugar level 120 and some times too low

Rayv0ne 2016-06-23 01:49:14 -0500 Report

For some people, reaching a healthier weight will mean taking fewer medications, or in rarer cases, no longer needing those medications at all.

Lakeland 2010-06-28 22:07:30 -0500 Report

I'm not sure, but I've had some really good days lately, so I thought the same thing, I got a puppy & now walk 3 times a day, my blood sugar tonight is 83 So I skipped my meds, but I will never give up testing.

My mom is in the hospital tonight & may lose a toe. she has several health issues but her diabetes has been under control this issue with her toe was hidden looked red on the outside but inside it was mushy & they said its into the bone. So even controlled issues come up & I would never be comfortable saying I'm no longer a diabetic.

GabbyPA 2010-06-27 21:50:33 -0500 Report

Cure and control are two different things. Unfortunately, cure is not the case. In diabetes, something has gone wrong inside our bodies that does not fix itself. We can help control the disease and reduce the complications by our pro-activity in our treatment which includes loosing weight, eating right, exercise, and pharmaceutical or holistic medicines. I also believe that attitude has a huge thing to do with it. But these are ways we help our body cope with this broken system. Until you actually FIX or REPAIR the problem your symptoms will return when you stop any of the above mentioned treatments. Also, as our bodies age, we also will need to intensify our treatments to compensate for our disease.

MAYS 2010-06-27 19:24:25 -0500 Report

If someone who is a type 2 diabetic, who has a mild case of insulin resistance, can lose weight, and gain better control of their diabetes by managing their glucose levels, does that cure them of diabetes ?

No !

Most type 2 diabetics are simply insulin resistant, or pre diabetic, and misdiagnosed, that's why losing weight, changes in diet and better glucose management has allowed them to be "cured" as they say.

And the debate goes on …


alanbossman 2010-06-27 19:09:24 -0500 Report

I will say the same thing that Mays posted the answer is no. the person who said that is wrong if they believe they are tell them to eat higher carb meals, ice cream,white bread,white rice. then check their blood sugar levels i will bet they will be higher than normal. and normal is below 100 people who are non diabetic who eat a large amount of carbs at a meal their numbers might reach 140 and then start a down to normal levels.

RAYT721 2010-06-27 18:34:43 -0500 Report

Oh, boy… this is one of those questions that will probably stir up a lot of conflicting information. From the research that I had done (and it's been A LOT) the professionals are saying "NO" that a person will always be a diabetic, much like a sober alcoholic will always be an alcoholic. Now, on the other side of the coin I have a coworker whose doctor told him that he is "no longer a type II diabetic" and recently read a post right here from a member who dietitian said the same thing. I side with the theory of control versus cure. I believe the "no longer a diabetic" label may be given to a person who is well controlled and even into non diabetic levels but I question the integrity of the medical professional who comes out and says "no longer a diabetic." If those words are followed by "go celebrate with a hot fudge sundae," I think someone needs their heads examined. I believe it's false hope to promise a patient that diet and exercise will cure diabetes. Heck, even medication doesn't CURE it. I will let each of you battle out the answer to this question and sit back, sipping my Diet Coke with Lime, assuming that I'll always be diabetic until I am told otherwise. But… in the event I am cured I will continue to diet and exercise as I have been doing. I wish I had come to my senses on proper nutrition and fitness before I became a Type II. This disease was a wake up call and I'm not about to stop doing what I've been doing regardless of the label that is given to me or taken away. Let's just say whoever comes up with the absolute cure for diabetes will be a very wealthy person because there are paraphrased for ease of reading (Everything Health Guide to Diabetes, C. 2008, Paula Ford-Martin) "17.9 million diabetics, an additional 5.7 million undiagnosed, and yet another 57 million people with prediabetes or impaired glucose tolerance." I'd say that the ultimate cure for diabetes hasn't yet been found.

ston3xc 2010-06-28 07:38:46 -0500 Report

Sometimes I think that a cure has been found, but there is soooooo much money to be made in supplies, medications, drs, etc, etc, etc… that they keep it under wraps!

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Momma Day's Girl 2010-07-05 13:44:34 -0500 Report

Now I can see the money-making logic. So we have to take matters into our hands and follow closely our eating habits and lifestyles. There are good results and it doesnt cost an arm or a leg.

monkeymama 2010-06-27 18:12:57 -0500 Report

There is no such thing as getting rid of diabetes for good. You will always have diabetes and can always have the potential of being out of control at any point. Science has not come up with a cure and no supplements can cure you either. Rather it is all due to proper management. Our systems are always changing and trying to maintain a balanced level. Something everyone needs for our bodies to function properly. When there is something that is not balanced, that is where our systems (our body) may develop other medical issues. What it all boils down to is our "metabolisms".

sherid623 2010-06-27 16:26:59 -0500 Report

My husband use to be a type 2 diabetic, we moved to Boise and we started excersizing and using the pool and he is considered NOT to be a diabetic anymore! That was almost 3 years ago…

Diane987 2010-06-27 19:10:35 -0500 Report

I know people who have significantly decreased or eliminated their need for diabetes medications through exercise, proper nutrition, and supplements to provide the body with nutrition our food supply no longer provides. I am really curious, does your husband still check his blood sugar levels or at least get an annual A1c test? If he does could you share the results with us? Does he follow a balanced diet or does he eat whatever he feels like eating? Do you ever do a random glucose check a couple hours after he eats something that would send most diabetic blood sugars soaring? Please let us know so that this discussion is more than just "yes you can!" and "no you can't".

sherid623 2010-06-27 20:27:32 -0500 Report

This is what the VA hospital in Boise tells him everytime he has bloodwork every 3 months! He pretty much eats anything he wants(which really upsets me sometimes I ask him if he wants his diabetes back) he has allowed me to check his blood sugars at times and it is Always between 80 and 115.

Lymy 2010-06-28 20:12:19 -0500 Report

As Gabby told you in her reply above, once a diabetic always a diabetic. However, There are the suggestions that Gabby gave you, that will certainly help with control issues, & I do know of one other. My husband's paternal Grandmother developed Cholecystitis (Gallbladder disease) at age 82. She was not what you would call active in her daily lifestyle but she was able to fix her own meals until supper time when my Mother-In-Law sent her supper to her by Grandmother's son.

Anyway it was decided by her family doctor and a surgeon in the small NC community that she lived in that she should go ahead and have her gallbladder removed. The surgery went very well. She had 77 gall stones removed. The next morning she was scheduled to have a FBS done to see how her diabetes was doing since surgery. Her family doctor could not believe her results. He scheduled another FBS for each of the next three days, and got the same fantastic results. Since I was only a member of the family by marriage I was not privvy to her medical reports. But, She was taken off all her diabetic meds & B/P meds for the remainder of her life. She was buried on her 95th birthday.
Lymy (Rosemary)

kdroberts 2010-06-28 20:40:59 -0500 Report

You would know, he would have to drink a special drink and then have blood draws over 1 or a few hours. It's a long test.

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