One important thing to remember is that type 2 diabetes has a strong genetic component- if you are born with the genes for diabetes- you have it- it's just a matter of time when your environmental conditions will cause those genes to be expressed - your sugar levels will go up, your insulin levels will become abnormally high (insulin resisitance causes this), and glucose and insulin based complications will arise.
These genes are very prevalent in the population. Diet, exercise, periodic famine, and harsh living conditions have favored the retention of these genes. In the past, individuals with the genes successfully lived through the hard times and were able to reproduce, those without them died. Several new type 2 diabetes genes were isolated during the mapping of the human genome. An individual may inherit more than one of these allelic mutations along with tightly associated mutations for increased weight, blood pressure and lipid dysfunction. That's why type 2 diabetes is unique to an individual- why one size doesn't fit all, so to speak. Why heart disease and its manifestationsa are often also present in diabetic individuals.
If you are a carb-controlled, heavy-duty athlete, you are imposing some of those environmental controls on your body. Lanie, by not eating carbs is, in essence, placing her body in a carb famine, and I know she exercises regularly -so these externally imposed controls work to overcome her metabolic deficiencies. The lack of carbs keeps her sugar and insulin levels low, and the exercise forces her body to take up glucose- even if her mitochondria are mis-firing.
A cure for type 2 diabetes would not only require a pancreas transplant if the individual had malfunctioning beta cells, but it would also require some sort of gene therapy to correct all genetic abnormalities that the individual has inherited- it won't happen in our lifetime.
The best we can do is to impose any and all external controls that work for our particular case. There is no medication, no herb that can correct genetic abnormalities.
As many have said- a cure is just that- take the substance, and the condition is gone. If you take an antibiotic to cure a bacterial infection- it's gone. Diabetes is never gone.
I just attended a two-day conference on diabetes, and was amazed at the amount of research that is being conducted, but the overhwelming take-home message was that there will be no magic bullet for diabetes- just like there will never be a magic bullet for cancer. We'll continue to treat the symptoms of the disease, get better at it, but that's as good as it gets for the forseeable future.
Now type 1 is a different story altogether- a pancreas transplant could indeed - cure it as long as the individual doesn't have insulin resistance ( type 2) also.
Best to all,
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett