can diabetes be reversed? do you know anyone who has reversed it?

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2011-02-11 19:51:35 -0600
Started 2011-02-08 09:50:00 -0600

Dr. Oz says it can be in some cases. My doctor told me most likely not, over two years ago. I was diagnosed in Nov. of 2008. My A1C was only 5.6 (my cholesterol numbers weren't good and they ALL needed to improve which they did later) I am doing really well, but I sure have not reversed it yet. My last A1C, which was over a year ago (I need to have it done again but going to pay my doctor bill of first) was 5.4 I know my doctor said it was caught early. I'm doing everything I can. Thanks,

34 replies

melcoujes 2011-02-11 19:51:35 -0600 Report

I do not know of any cases where diabeties is reversed, only in check.
My instructors stated that the best cure is a good meal plan and lots of excersie!

angelhart0464 2011-02-10 17:24:30 -0600 Report

I really dont think there is a cure for either type 1 are type 2 all we can do is watch what we eat and exercise and pray

Jazz 2011-02-10 17:08:23 -0600 Report

I have heard that if you reduse your carbs to 20 G. a day you can control your blood sugar.there is no cure for diabeties but you can control it and get off meds. I am going to do the atkins diet and get off my meds and will let you know

PetiePal 2011-02-10 15:11:37 -0600 Report

Dr. Oz garners a lot of controversy a lot of the time. Housemoms (including my own lol) tend to think the world of him and his Oprah appearances and now his own show. I think he's informational and inspirational but you have to take some of what he says with a grain of salt.

I think it's most accurate to say if you're pre-diabetic you can reverse things, and if you're full blown you MAY be able to get off your meds or stringent treatments…however you'll always have to watch and it never really "goes away."

Ralph 2011-02-09 18:49:54 -0600 Report

My wife started going to the YMCA with me around 3 years ago and after a year she went for a checkup and found that her 1AC was low enough that the Dr. took her off her meds for diabetes. That was over a couple of years ago. I have been going to the YMCA for around 15years and was told I have diabetes 8 years ago. So maybe for some it will help but for others oh well I still take meds. My 1AC is getting better.

theladyiscrazy 2011-02-09 13:27:52 -0600 Report

My doctor, who is an internal medicine doc, stated the only way to "cure" (aka control) diabetes is healthy living AND a healthy weight. I think many doctors feel that it is cured IF you get your numbers leveled and in good range, AND can come off of meds. This does not mean you go back to eating the way you did prior to dx and being a cough potato. If you do, it will return.

A side note, a "cure" of cancer by medical definition means that a person is cancer free FOR 5 years! That is it. So, again, we have to look at what they mean by "cure". Which definitely is not what I think of when someone says "cure".

tabby9146 2011-02-10 13:02:33 -0600 Report

My own opinion is what someone else said, like remission, not like it won't ever cause me problems, or A1C won't go up, just that for who knows how long, could be years, it is very well controlled, managed, not cured.

jpnairn 2011-02-09 13:20:39 -0600 Report

I quite agree with everyone here. Oz is a tool. He doesn't just spout "half facts," he says things that are untrue. His wife is a Reiki master, that's a Japanese faith-healing, laying-on-of-hands thing, and Dr. Oz will occasionally recommend this quackery to his audience.
Diabetes so far does not have a cure, only treatment, only management. You stop the treatments your blood sugar goes up, whether you're type 1 or type 2. Behaviors that do not cause other people to have high blood sugar cause people with diabetes to have high blood sugar.
Dr. Oz acts like he doesn't know this.

tabby9146 2011-02-10 13:04:27 -0600 Report

yes I have heard him say a few things that don't sound right to me, but for the most part, I trust most of what he says, and most of what is on The Doctors. The Dr. Oz show sometimes puts some fear into people. Some of the segments are just a little over the top to me.

jpnairn 2011-02-10 13:27:41 -0600 Report

I trust most of what a doctor says when that doctor doesn't say a lot of things that I personally know are wrong.
If you went to a mechanic who told you that your car needed to have apple juice poured into the gas tank, would you believe him because, well, he's a mechanic?
I don't believe anything just because Dr. Oz said it. He's said too many things I knew were wrong when he said them.
If a doctor I trust says something, and it happens to be in agreement with Oz, that's different.
Oz can't be wrong all the time, but he can't be trusted any of the time.

oldbuttercup 2011-02-08 13:58:57 -0600 Report

I agree with the comments below that diabetes can for a long time be under better contol, but at this time "THERE IS NO CURE" sad as that may be for all of us. Surfice to say that diabetes is not in itself a death sentence, just a life adjustment.
May God bless you.

LabRat90 2011-02-08 12:44:04 -0600 Report

You are on the right track. You can't reverse diabetes. It's like being a "little pregnant". You either are diabetic or you're not. Keep your A1c below 7.0, watch your diet, exercise, and keep your weight down. You will do fine; you caught it early.

Jazz 2011-02-10 17:13:35 -0600 Report

has anyone read DR.Bernstein Diabetes solution?

CaliKo 2011-02-10 17:17:57 -0600 Report

Yes, it's way too extreme for me. I personally don't think its healthy to have daily carbs as low as he suggests.

Jazz 2011-02-10 17:35:24 -0600 Report

well I am going to do the atkin diet I belive it as a matter of fact I lost 36 lbs on it and had no health problems started back on the carbs that a diabeties conserlor put me on and gained it I am going to do it again and keep my carbs at 20G.

CaliKo 2011-02-10 17:39:54 -0600 Report

Good luck with that, I know several people that have successfully lost weight on Atkins, but my question is do you stay on it forever or is it just temporary for losing weight?

Jazz 2011-02-10 17:51:19 -0600 Report

the thing is to learn how to eat to mantain the weight in other words you have to
change your way of eating. with atkins there is phase ! and phase2 then there is maintance .then to keep it off ther is life time Maintence why not go to the web site www.atkins .com

CoRinaB 2011-02-08 10:41:32 -0600 Report

My doctor told me that once I was diagnosed, I will never get rid of it. She told me that I will have it for the rest of my life. If kept under control, I would stop any complications from happening or reverse ones that may already be happening. Dr. Oz is such a fool!!! He's just misleading diabetics!!! Soooo wrong!!!

tabby9146 2011-02-08 10:20:19 -0600 Report

Thank you. when my A1C went down to 5.4, one of the diabetic education specialists (they always phoned to go over things with me) talked as if it was in remission for a while or something, she was very impressed. What you two are saying makes a lot of sense and I have often thought the same.

CaliKo 2011-02-08 10:02:09 -0600 Report

I think they used to say it could be reversed, but in reality, I think its just because some T2 people are able to get all their numbers in normal ranges with diet and exercise. Now we say "well-controlled" instead. Just see how quickly the numbers start going bad if we don't follow our diet and exercise routines. Keep up the good work!

kdroberts 2011-02-08 09:58:15 -0600 Report

"Dr. Oz says it can be in some cases"

That's because Dr. Oz is a tool.

When he says reversed, he is talking about keeping blood sugars in a good range and helping stop or reverse complications that happen with high blood sugar.

DiabeticParents 2011-02-08 14:04:36 -0600 Report

Dr. Oz is a cardiologist, not an internal medicine doctor. I agree with you. He outrages many with "half facts" or not making himself totally clear when speaking. He should have said well controlled and clarifyed that Type 1 is NOT curable. That he was only talking about Type 2 diabetes and it can only go in a state of being "well controlled" or remission.