Cure for Diabetes?…Medical Experts Not So Sure Yet

obesity linked to type 2 diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that effects far too many people in the U.S., and that number is growing year after year. Today it’s estimated that about 18 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, namely type 2 diabetes, but even more alarming is that 58 million more Americans are considered prediabetic and are in great danger of developing diabetes in the future – it’s truly an epidemic!

Can Diabetes be Cured
A recent article at MSNBC called “Beating diabetes: Some do, but are they cured?” raises some interesting questions when it comes to actually curing diabetes…is diabetes even curable? Most medical experts believe that prediabetic individuals can reverse the effects of diabetes by eating healthy and exercising – both of which can help to control blood sugar levels. Many times, people in the early stages of diabetes can control the disease without the use of drugs or medications.

Medical experts are quick to point out that diet, exercise, and/or medications are not actually cures for diabetes – it’s better to think of them as preventative measures. People who were at one point diagnosed with diabetes and now have their blood sugar levels under control can easily fall back into the “danger zone” if they start eating unhealthy or quit exercising. It really comes down to making a lifestyle change early enough, rather than taking action once your doctor tells you that you have to!

Type 2 Diabetes is a Major Problem in the U.S.
People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes make up over 90% of all diabetics in America. Type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity, and it can be prevented and even reversed in some cases. One study even estimates that 1 out of 3 kids born in 2000 will eventually be diagnosed with diabetes when they get older, so it’s definitely not a disease that we have “under control” yet.

Preventing Diabetes
The good news is that about thirty minutes of daily exercise and a loss of 5-10% in body fat can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 60%! I’d say that’s worth hitting the treadmill a few time a week, taking a walk each morning or night, or riding your bike to work instead of driving.

2 Responses to Cure for Diabetes?…Medical Experts Not So Sure Yet
  1. Jaye Marno

    It is absolutely possible to get diabetes under control, though a cure is probably much further down the road than we might like. “Control” is different for Type 1 and Type 2, though, as the article makes clear. That’s because though both types are similar, they’re still two different diseases. One doesn’t produce insulin, the other produces it but can’t use it.
    The number one treatment for both types is basically the same, however: weight control and keeping the daily blood glucose levels in the low range. If we can do that, we don’t have a “cure”, but we can have a very good life and likely few to no complications.

  2. Dominic

    Once you have Diabetes you have it for life. Unfortunately it is a disease and in most patients it can get worse. What you try to do is minimize the complications that will inevitably come in the future. Rampant blood sugar levels are one cause of problematic complications, BP and cholesterol are 2 main factors. That is why the doctor should be sorting those out as well.

    Unfortunately what you do find is that many patients have had Diabetes for many years before diagnosis. It roughly translates to 50% of patients who have symptoms do not have Diabetes and vice versa.

    Another problem is lack of information. There are three proven treatment methods. Diet (basically normal eating), tablets, or insulin. Now all are separate treatments and none are “worse than” or “better than” treatments. And you tend to find tablet takers are the worst Diabetics because they take a pill and think everything is all right.

    A cure for Diabetes will search for the viral aspect and the interaction with the stomach. For some reason Diabetes is cured if uncontrolled Diabetics are “stomach stapled”. There must be chemical pathways in the stomach which we do not know the reason for. Patients who have gone through this treatment method have had to stop taking insulin while in surgery. Even though scientists have known about this for many years, more research is needed.

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