I was diagnosed in June 2011. My a1c was 10.8. I take one half 500 mg metformin 2 times a day. My last a1c was 5.8. I changed my eating habits; I'm low carb and I havent had sweets since I was diagnosed. My morning bs is in the early 70s and nightime 70s to low 80s. Can I get rid of diabetes by my diet? My blood sugar never goes over 129 after meals.

Patty Bonsignore


First, I want to congratulate you on getting your blood glucose levels under control. Once the numbers are under control, the question often comes up: “Have I gotten rid of my diabetes?” And the answer, unfortunately, is “no,” once you have diabetes, you will always have it. The reason for this is because when you have type 2 diabetes, your pancreas is just not making as much insulin as it used to, and there is no way to “fix” this. Though you still have diabetes, it is very well controlled -- and that’s what’s most important. You will notice as you begin to reintroduce carbohydrates into your diet that your blood glucose levels will go up. Try not to get discouraged by this, as that’s why we have medicines to treat diabetes. The only time we sometimes say that diabetes is in “remission” is after gastric bypass or banding. This “remission” is usually the effect of dramatic weight loss and a significant decrease in food intake. It is important to know that there is no guarantee that diabetes will go away after these surgeries, but often times we will see improved control and the ability of patients to go off of their diabetes medicines. So again, don’t focus on that fact that you have diabetes, focus on the great work you are doing to control it and know that this effort will have a huge positive impact on your life in the long run.

January 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm

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