Is there a cure for type 2 diabetes?

It is very difficult to cure type 2 diabetes. There's no way to completely cure insulin resistance and a decrease in insulin production. But people with type 2 diabetes can certainly delay progression and stabilize the disease. For example, if people with type 2 lose weight, often they can decrease the amount of medication they need because they become more sensitive to insulin, and they can use their body's own insulin more effectively. So although type 2 diabetes cannot be cured it certainly can be stabilized so that people can still lead a very active, functional life and delay their progression and risk for other comorbidities.

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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.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

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.

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.

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.

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