Is type 1 or type 2 Diabetes Curable???

By Rahman78e Latest Reply 2018-02-08 07:50:13 -0600
Started 2018-02-04 18:30:43 -0600

Is type 1 or type 2 Diabetes curable ??? without any medication can i get back to normal blood level? IM not taking any medication yet… Planing to not taking any medication, Please advice. …

Thanks all

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GabbyPA 2018-02-08 07:50:13 -0600 Report

You list two very different forms of diabetes. Do you know if you are type 1 or type 2? Luis65 and Type1Lou have given some great information. You first have to know what you are dealing with.

Luis65 2018-02-05 17:18:26 -0600 Report

As Lou wrote, type 1 is not really curable. Type 2 can often be brought into remission with diet, exercise and stress management. Even with a return to perfect blood glucose levels the underlying condition is still present.

My own case can serve as an example- I was diagnosed in 1992 with T2D. I was prescribed an oral med. I began restricting carbs and exercising regularly which caused my BG to normalized. This continued for 10-12 years and then with no change in routine BG spiked and no amount of exercise and carb limiting made a difference.

So I went back on meds- 1st Metformin and later Lantus insulin. If you can get your sugars normalized great but keep in mind that T2D is a progressive disease. You have to keep testing so that it doesn't creep up on you. It is possible that you may be able to live med free and that would be great. Remember uncontrolled BG is likely to leave you with complications that besides leading to early death will make your remaining days very unpleasant (blindness, neuropathy, kidney failure, amputation and more).

It is not fun being diabetic, but it is really awful when it ruins your life.

Type1Lou 2018-02-05 13:26:26 -0600 Report

Type 1 diabetes is currently not curable. Our Type 1bodies no longer produce insulin and insulin is required to convert much of the food we eat to useable energy for use by our bodies. We can reduce the amount of insulin we need by reducing and/or eliminating the amount of carbohydrates in our diet and by increasing our individual insulin sensitivity through exercise and, if needed, weight loss. But a Type 1 diabetic will always need insulin, either supplied through injection, pump, or via pancreatic transplant whereby the body resumes its own insulin production. (A pancreas transplant might be said to "cure" Type 1 but transplant brings its own set of problems re: organ rejection.) Type 2 diabetes MAY be reversed by adopting healthier lifestyle choices (low carbohydrate diet), more regular exercise and, if needed, by losing weight. This is not true for all Type 2's and some, despite making those changes still need medication to control their condition. The symptoms of Type 2 diabetes may be reversed through diet and exercise and weight loss but if the prior eating and exercise behaviors are resumed, the symptoms will return…so, it is not cured, but controlled, IMO.

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