Like "I have heard of some persons with 'mild' diabetes who managed to stop using medication after weight loss and lifestyle changes but that certainly isn't a 'cure'. The pancreas is still at fault; they've just learned to adjust to it. Many others are in much worse condition and can only learn to control as well as possible. It's possible to live a very long, healthy life with diabetes but it requires constant vigilance. Personally, I 'fell off the wagon' a couple times and suffered a catastrophic stroke and a near-fatal heart attack as a result. Others have lost body parts to amputation. But careful blood sugar monitoring combined with proper diet and medication can contribute to a very long and healthy life. It requires discipline and a strong willpower (mostly WON'T power) but you will reap the rewards."