Disappearing Diabetes

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   Posted 5/9/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heard from a number of people that type 2 diabetes can be reversed. Fact or fiction. I'd like to hear from former diabetics. Thanks!
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   Posted 5/10/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I know there are certain drugs than can induce type 2, steroids being a prime example. A lot of people who are on long-term steroids develop mild type 2 as evidenced by elevated blood glucose and hemoglobin A1C. I had this issue, but I stopped the steroids everything went back into the normal range. Do I still have diabetes? I don't think so, but I still try to follow the diet and exercise plan.

Also, morbidly obese people often lose the signs of diabetes if they lose into their normal weight range, but if they gain weight again, it comes right back.

I look at it as the symptoms may be reversed but maybe the condition is still there waiting to show itself again in the right circumstances.
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   Posted 5/10/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I think Judy is exactly right.  Sometimes being very overweight can cause the body to be insulin resistant which means the blood sugar would run high.  Losing weight and avoiding carbohydrates might allow the body to go back to a normal metabolism later on.  I suspect that that person would always be prone to diabetes under the "right" conditions and the right conditions in that person would be:  carrying around too much weight and eating too many carbs.  These are the tipping points in some individuals.  Type 1s, of course, are not in this group, and those with steroid-induced diabetes will have to deal with the disease while on those drugs as Judy had to do.  Beeej, diabetes in type 1 people will never go away at this point and those dealing with type 2 may have a chance to control diabetes with diet and exercise if possible but I think the disease will always be lurking in the background. 

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   Posted 5/10/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell. This is a basic explanation to your question. A person may be able to "reverse" the lifestyle that induced the diabetes but so far people with non-steroid induced diabetes will always have the disease, either controlled or uncontrolled.

Diabetes is a disease that causes a goof up in the body's ability to handle glucose correctly. The body can be helped to handle sugars better with exercise, dietary changes and medications. Medications include prescriptions and anything that you add to your daily regimen to lower sugars including herbs, supplements and "miracle cures".

If a person, through careful eating, meds and exercise, keeps their blood glucose within the normal range they are controlling the disease but it is still there. Should this person revert to their old habits of unrestricted carbohydrate consumption, stop exercise or not balance out their food intake with the amount needed they will be back at the uncontrolled disease level. In other words, we can control the disease, but we cannot cure it as yet.

"Reversal" is a word used by salespeople to get you to buy a product that they feel will help you control your disease. It's possible that by using this product you can return your glucose numbers to normal. It's also possible, in many cases, that by following a better eating plan and upping your exercise levels you can return your glucose levels to normal. This does not reverse the existence of the disease. You still have it. Ok? Hope this helps.
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