Can diabetes be cured?

By HLG01 Latest Reply 2010-09-06 20:33:24 -0500
Started 2010-08-31 08:14:14 -0500

What do you all have to say about this?

28 replies

blackpearl54 2010-09-06 20:33:24 -0500 Report

hello everyone, I would like to say that there is no cure for diabetes as of yet. There is a lot of technology going on to find a cure but its gonna take time. If you have diabetes the best thing to do is to learn how to control it and that is very hard. especially for me and if anyone has any tips please let me know.

carmenrose 2010-09-06 20:17:12 -0500 Report

I heard that it was incurable and my diabetes is hereditary. American Indians have a history with diabetes and my mother, uncle and several members have this disease.

monkeymama 2010-09-01 09:24:28 -0500 Report

Being a medical student and diabetic myself, I can tell you there is no such thing as a cure for diabetes. Through proper management, care, fitness, diet, and treatment you can control your diabetes. Even those whom are the most controlled and well managed face the issue of changes. From time to time, we all need a change in how things are managed with our diabetes. I do believe however there will some day be a cure. I keep my hopes there will…with the new discoveries and breakthroughs happening all the time. We never know…Just like medical science is finding new forms/types of diabetes out there as well. Along with how diabetes effects our bodies in different systems in our body.

jason123 2010-09-01 11:49:15 -0500 Report

Let's say sometime in the future a T2 diabetic's pancrea function can be 100% restored, is he still a diabetic? is he cured? If he stops exercising, goes back to binge eating, and become 400 lb. again…can he become a T2 again?

MAYS 2010-09-01 12:26:58 -0500 Report

A type 2 diabetic's pancreas is not at fault, causing him\her to become a diabetic unless the insulin production drops off according to what is needed based on the individual's insulin needs.

The question is this, is the person diabetic due to insulin resistance?

If the pancreas is functioning at 100%, which is true of most type 2 diabetics, what are the factors that make the person a diabetic?
If it's insulin resistance, yes the individual is still a diabetic!


jason123 2010-09-01 13:11:34 -0500 Report

'A type 2 diabetic's pancreas is not at fault, causing him\her to become a diabetic unless the insulin production drops off according to what is needed based on the individual's insulin needs.' well, What organ produce insulin again?

'The question is this, is the person diabetic due to insulin resistance?' IR alone does not cause T2, even though most T2 has IR.

'If the pancreas is functioning at 100%, which is true of most type 2 diabetics' Does that include pancrea's insulin producing ability? If one is T2, his insulin production level is no where near 100%.

kdroberts 2010-09-01 14:31:37 -0500 Report

A lot of type 2's have insulin production that is 300-500% of what's normal, higher if they are extremely insulin resistant. High insulin levels are a classic symptom if insulin resistance.

jason123 2010-09-01 15:30:13 -0500 Report

A non-diabetic with IR could have as much as 300%-500% insulin of what is normal, but what ultimately cause T2 is beta cell destrction.

jason123 2010-09-01 09:38:21 -0500 Report

Let's say sometime in the future T2 is cured by restoring 100% of that person's beta cell in pancrea…this person, after learning he/she is cured, promptly stops exercising, goes back to eating, and become 400 lb. again…can he/she become a T2 again?

kdroberts 2010-09-01 10:07:10 -0500 Report

Restoring 100% of a person's beta cells wouldn't be a cure, many type 2's have no problems at all producing insulin and never do. Figuring out the underlying triggers and fixing those would be a cure. Not exercising and being 400lbs doesn't cause diabetes either.

milesrf 2010-09-02 22:01:56 -0500 Report

I'd restate that as "Many type 2's have no trouble producing the normal amount of insulin. However once they're diagnosed as diabetic, their insulin resistance has become too bad to allow their pancreas to produce as much insulin as needed to overcome that insulin resistance. Some people approaching type 2 even have a pancreas producing 5 or 6 times the normal amount for their weight before the type 2 signs begin to show."

Some type 2's with beta cells already dying from overuse will need at least a partial beta cell restoration as PART of a cure, but type 2's won't be fully cured until a cure is found for the insulin resistance.

Type 1's will usually be cured by beta cell restoration, if the autoimmunity doesn't destroy the new beta cells as well, and if if they haven't progressed to type 1.5 (also known as double diabetes) - type 1 plus enough insulin resistance to cause type 2 as well.

jason123 2010-09-01 10:28:49 -0500 Report

'many type 2's have no problems at all producing insulin and never do.'
I respectfully disagree with that statement kd. I don't have a link to that, but research has shown D is the result of desruction of a large percentage of one's beta cells, not IR.

kdroberts 2010-09-01 11:11:01 -0500 Report

Well, nothing has really been proven to cause diabetes, it's largely unknown why it happens. Type 1 there is the autoimmune attack but no clues as to why. Type 2 does appear to be massively generic and more and more genes related to it are being discovered. Since there is such a large number of type 2's who don't take medications or don't take insulin it makes me wonder how anyone could show that it's the result of beta cell destruction since these people would be unable to control blood sugar without an external insulin source. Not even all the type 2's who take insulin need it to replace or supplement low or no insulin production. A large number of newly diagnosed, and not so newly diagnosed, type 2's have massive amounts of their own insulin circulating in their body. Insulin resistance is a symptom, not a cause. The same would be true for people who have beta cell destruction. The cause is what needs to be cured, not the symptoms.

jason123 2010-09-01 11:40:56 -0500 Report

I am afraid I have to respectfully disagree with most of that statement again, but that is ok, we can agree to disagree…In the mean time I will re-phrase my question, let's see what other people may have to say.

rwb 2010-08-31 14:47:07 -0500 Report

not at this time they say if u have a gastric bypass it helps

RAYT721 2010-08-31 18:14:08 -0500 Report

Unfortunately even that research is not proven. My wife belongs to gastric support groups (she is gastric but NOT diabetic) and there is much chatter that people either are or are not successful with the diabetes part of the equation. I would not use gastric bypass as a potential cure for diabetes but is effective for the reason it is performed… severe and drastic weight loss. My wife is down 135 pounds since last November and looks awesome!!! But again, she was not and is not diabetic.

milesrf 2010-09-02 21:19:17 -0500 Report

From what I've seen elsewhere, that weight loss reduces your body's need for insulin, and if you have type 2 but not too much insulin resistance, can make
many of the signs of diabetes go away. However, if you already have too much insulin resistance or too many beta cells dead from overuse, it isn't enough.

bettymachete 2010-08-31 14:55:17 -0500 Report


kdroberts 2010-08-31 15:06:55 -0500 Report

Lots of research into it, more specifically the duodenal-jejunal bypass part as a potential "cure" for some cases of type 2. It's not really a cure as such but does seem to have the potential to normalize sugar metabolize and keep blood sugar in check.

kdroberts 2010-08-31 10:18:49 -0500 Report

It depends on what you mean by the question. If you mean can you be cured today, no. If you mean is it potentially a curable disease, I think yes.

GabbyPA 2010-08-31 09:46:17 -0500 Report

Sadly, right now there is no cure. There are management treatments and even some talk of transplants, but as of yet, no cure. There are some great treatments that allow us to have great control and people call that a reversal, but it really is not. A reversal would mean that you fix the problem. However, if you discontinue the treatments, the diabetes is still there and will rear it's ugly head again.

But we stay hopeful and strive to find something that can stop it. I say it goes back to things like what they are putting in our foods, what is in our vaccines, what we surround ourselves with as far as pollutions, dirty electricity and so much more. Then of course there are our genes. Until they can find a cause, they cannot really find a cure. It is a complicated disease to be sure.

Now, can you live a life with few issues from it. You bet you can. It takes thinking outside the box and a willingness to do things that are totally different for you to be doing. If you can do that, then you may find at least a great management tool that works for you.

realsis77 2010-08-31 08:31:27 -0500 Report

I'm told no it can not be cured only managed. With proper diet and the proper medication along with exercise we can maintain close to normal BG levels.

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