Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

Is there a cure for type 2 diabetes?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Type 2 diabetes can be one ugly disease. As destructive as it is, it is one of the few diseases that is reversible. By changing your waist size, losing weight, and adopting a healthy lifestyle, you can hit the backspace button on this nasty disease. One piece of evidence: In people who've had bariatric surgery (like gastric bypass) to address obesity, diabetes goes away 90 percent of the time-fast. Of course, it's heck of a lot easier to prevent it than reverse it, underscoring the reason to keep your waist in check, rather than letting it balloon out to belt-busting proportions.
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  • There is no known cure for type 2 diabetes. However, you can significantly lower the risk for type 2 diabetes and even prevent this condition with lifestyle changes such as proper diet and regular exercise. Some drugs may also help lower your risk of developing diabetes. Research studies and clinical trials are underway to help determine the causes of type 2 diabetes and how this condition can be prevented.

  • ASteven Edelman, MD, Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism, answered
    Why isn't there a cure for type 2 diabetes?

    We can prevent type 2 diabetes, but we don't know yet what causes it, says Steven Edelman, MD, director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes. In this video, he talks about prevention versus a cure.

  • APauline Shipley, MD, Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism, answered on behalf of NorthShore University HealthSystem
    No, it's not curable. It's controlled. It can be controlled by diet. Once again, if the weight that allowed you come off medications is regained, you will once again be diabetic. Think of it as remission, not cure.

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