Is Type II Diabetes Curable?

About six and a half years ago, I was told(after extensive bloodwork) that I had type II diabetes. I was on Metformin for about a year, but was successfully able to switch to a “diet only” treatment, keeping my blood sugar level between 75 and 100 at all times, and never going above 100.
A year and a half ago, my Beloved was injured, losing her job and insurance with Kaiser. Last week, I went to a free clinic to get a checkup, and they sent me to Legacy Hospital for a complete checkup(blood and urine).
Today I received a phone call from the clinic telling me that not only was I in perfect health, but that I didn’t have diabetes at all. The hospital had actually ran the tests twice because the charts told them I was diabetic and they thought they had made a mistake-same result.
Is this normal??

Type II guy here. Through diet and exercise, you can keep yourself within normal glucose levels and be removed from the meds. I don’t know if that’s a “cure”, as a return to obesity and unhealthy lifestyle will most certainly result in a return to higher numbers.

According to this study by the JAMA 13% of people on lifestyle interventions and 73% with laproscopic gastric banding saw their type II diabetes go into remission within 2 years.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22787261/

In remission might be a better term than cured. If you stop the lifestyle changed it will probably come back.

What the doctor said was that there was no trace of diabetes in my system.
Bad news, though-my appointment to get a free diabetes eye check(very much needed and overdue) was canceled because I no longer qualified.

I have type II and I have heard of people who go off all medication. But I have never heard anyone say that is remission , guess that’s just a matter of what you want to call it.

I lost weight from 200 to 160 and now take less metformin and I also stopped taking Actos. I don’t think I can go off metformin unless I exercise a lot more which is hard with my schedule.

Out of curiosity if you eat a large meal and check your blood sugar right after eating you are still under 100?

One of the hidden effects seen on NBC’s The Biggest Loser weight loss competition show is the number of Type II cases come away not showing any symptoms. Obesity isn’t the only cause, but when it is, it can be “cured.”

From what I understand, you can get yourself to a point where you no longer need medications: but once you are diagnosed with diabetes, you have it for life. You just go from an insulin-controlled or medication-controlled diabetic to a diet-controlled diabetic. The only type you don’t have for life is gestational, but women with that diagnosis have a higher chance of developing type 2 later in life. It may be that the clinic ran an A1c test, which gives you an average blood glucose reading over a three month period: if that came back with good numbers, there may not be another way to tell that you have diabetes if your current numbers are under control.

I am not a doctor, but diabetes abounds in my family: my husband is type 2, insulin and oral medication: our daughter is type 1: I had gestational while pregnant with our daughter: and my mother-in-law is type 2, oral medication and diet-controlled. My grandmother and mother were also type 2.

I used to do editing for a cellular therapy institute that was exploring the possibilities of adult stem cells and such. The director believed there was promise for regenerating beta cells in diabetics, but admitted that big pharma and healthcare have a very powerful financial incentive to keep diabetics diabetic, so consistent research funding would be difficult to impossible.

Additionally, any money that did become available would be prioritized for Type 1, because that’s what kids generally have. As a Type 2 myself, that really hit home: even if there was some promise, we’d still be at the back of the line, sort of like the alcoholics in need of new livers.

Mostly for these big pharma-related reasons, they were pretty much dependent on canvassing wealthy individuals with sick relatives and hoping one or two a year would feel some sense of common cause. Sad.

It’s an interesting question.

In my opinion, and I think that of diabetes researchers as well, the correct answer, or, at least, the accepted answer, may be that your diabetes has “regressed to normoglycemia”, i.e. diabetes is still present, but the glucose levels are normal.

The basis for the above comment comes from a 2006 study which sought to demonstrate that a drug called rosiglitazone could prevent people with so-called ‘impaired glucose tolerance’ (i.e. who have a mild elevation in sugar, but not enough to diagnose diabetes) from progressing to frank type II diabetes (note that the natural history of impaired glucose tolerance is to progress to diabetes). The results were positive. Fewer people progressed from impaired glucose tolerance to frank type II diabetes when treated with rosiglitazone.

An interesting question arose in the study which is really the same as your question. How do you distinguish between rosiglitazone halting the progression from IGT to outright type II DM, as opposed to it simply treating any newly developed type II DM extremely effectively? The authors preferred to say, “rosiglitazone increases the likelihood of regression to normoglycaemia in adults with impaired glucose tolerance”. In other words, even though their sugars were normalized, they refrained from calling them ‘cured’.

Here’s a link (to the abstract). (In order to make my point and keep things clear, please note that I only talked about one part of the study).

BoD, that is sad. A researcher from University of Miami came and spoke to us Saturday on the current state of research: it sounds like they’re making progress, but it isn’t fast. She said that they have attempted to transplant islet cells, but in 3 years, 50% of the cases were back to using insulin. It was more than that after 4 years, but I don’t remember the exact number there. The pancreas is apparently a hard organ to duplicate functions.

In six years, I’ve never gone above 100. Might it be possible for the body to repair itself if extreme care is taken over a long period of time?

While the diabetes can’t be cured, it can be misdiagnosed, like anything else.

I suspect that my mother’s diagnosis is wrong, given that she reckons that having a glass of OJ, a slice of watermelon and some bread with oil and salt at 4am before having her blood drawn at 7am “doesn’t count.” But the family’s agreement is that anything we can use as an excuse to try and get her to eat less is a Good Thing (Mom’s GP is my brother’s wife).

Why can’t diabetes be cured? Why can’t the human body repair this particular function if extreme care is taken?

Wait a minute and I’ll get you God’s phone number… oh wait, I left it in my other wallet…

Why can’t old people hear as well as young people? Why can’t someone whose back was shattered in a car crash walk again? Why does my cousin’s leg act as a barometer, when he broke it 30 years ago?

Some day, with transplant technology, mother-cell technology or what have you, it will be curable. Now, it’s not. Asking “why” is akin to asking “why do I have two legs.”

Here is an article from Science Daily earlier this year that looks promising:

Diabetes May Be Disorder Of Upper Intestine: Surgery May Correct It

My mother had type II, diagnosed when she was about 60, and was told it was “manageable” with proper diet and exercise. She (with an MS in nutrition) did not consider it manageable, and in fact ended up in the hospital a couple of times. She gave herself insulin shots.

However, when she went into assisted living and someone else was doing the cooking, suddenly the type II diabetes went away. (She also got into an exercise group–her previous exercise had consisted of golf, up until she was in her mid-50s, and bowling.) No more insulin–no more shots.

This reprieve lasted for years, and she lived to be 90.

That is interesting and falls in line with something my surgeon told me.

I have had some severe stomach issues and mulitple operations. My surgeon is also a bariatric specialist. He has told me that he has seen people’s diabetes go away within days of bariatric surgery. He removed my stomach due to complications and he has said that in his opinion, I will never be at risk for type II diabetes.

But this is not the currently done version, where they just put a collar around the upper part of the stomach to make you fill up immediately, right? This is referring to the cut out major organs type of old school?

See, I would LOVE to lose the diabetes. However tricare will pretty much only pay for the cute little minimally invasive collar the stomach type for weight loss…

[And I have issues with being restricted to a couple of ounces of anything at a time, all day long profile of eating. But we wont go there right now:)]

In my case the stomach had perforated, so they cut it out. There are several types of bariatric surgery and I don’t know for sure which one he performs - indeed, he may offer choices. He mentioned in passing one day that he has seen diabetes clear up within a few days of bariatric surgery - but I didn’t ask for much detail.

I had bariatric surgery 5 years ago. My glucose level went from borderline (almost there type II) to normal.

Three people in my group who qualified for bariatric surgery (more than 100 lbs. over and a BMI fo 40 or more) and had Type II went into some kind of diabetic remission and didn’t have to take the medications anymore.