Since I’ve been diagnosed and accepted diabetes (I was diagnosed in 2009, I just didn’t accept it then!) I’ve been researching about how to manage it. During that research you come across terms like “reversing” and “curing” diabetes.
I’m all for finding a real cure but I think we need to be sure we’ve actually cured the issue and not just “managing really well” before we call it a cure.
So my question is: can we actually cure diabetes or just reverse it? Or, does it matter? If an individual can develop a lifestyle that manages their blood sugars and other indicators well enough that the consequences of diabetes are halted or slowed to a crawl, that may be enough. But is that a cure?
Let me try to explain what I’m talking about.
To cure diabetes means, to me, that a person reverts to a metabolism where, like non-diabetics, they can eat pretty much what they like and their blood sugars behave like a non-diabetic. (The FBH* can eat pretty much what she wants and at the 2 hour post meal mark, her Blood Sugars are back within the right markers.)
Of course, it’s healthy to eat responsibly anyway but the odd “binge” would not have any long lasting effects and a GTT (Glucose Tolerance test) would substantiate this.
It may take a while of eating the right foods, adopting an improved lifestyle, getting more exercise but in the end the body’s function reverts to normal and blood sugar issues and diabetes truly becomes a thing of the past.
That would be a cure!
Reversing is very similar in terms of eating a healthy diet, developing a more active regimen, reducing stress etc. but where any digression results in an adverse GTT.
That’s not to mean diabetics cannot have a cheat day every now and again but they do so knowing a blood test will identify said cheat day! If that is the case, I don’t think I’ve cured anything.
Does it Matter?
I think it does, especially with social media influencers are spruiking♥ their version of reality and many people looking for answers. It’s a case of “caveat emptor” (buyer beware) in many cases.
I’d happily say I’ve cured myself or, I followed this lifestyle or regimen and now, for the past x months my blood sugars have never been better and I don’t even watch what I eat anymore.
I just want to live a very happy life, have a good lifestyle and eat well – which all make me feel good, energetic and less grumpy – again, ask the FBH!
So simply adjusting my habits will have a positive effect.
But cured? Not at the moment.
Let me know what you think in the comments. I’d be keen to hear your success stories and how you’re managing your T2D.
*FBH – Far Better Half (aka, the wife!)
♥Spruiking – speak in public, especially to advertise a show. (Australian slang)