AskNadia: Why Your Diabetes Will Not Be Cured or Reversed

Dear Nadia,

I have had Type 2 diabetes for five years. My doctor says if I lose 22 pounds, my diabetes may disappear. What do you think?

Roland

Dear Roland,

Once you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it will not disappear if you lose weight.

Some marketing people use the term reverse and cure diabetes while advocating juicing, eating a raw food diet or taking supplements. Reading the word “disappear” is a new term that I can add to the list of confusing terms for people living with type 2 diabetes.

Let’s back up a bit and review the bio-chemical breakdown of how food is converted to energy.

This theory is being explained to you in the broadest sense and you must check in with your healthcare professional who is familiar with your medications and other medical issues that may interfere with this general description.

When we eat food it gives us energy.  In order for our bodies to use the energy generated from food, the food needs insulin to convert it into energy. 

 

The Insulin Hormone

Insulin is a growth hormone. When we eat foods that require a lot of insulin, meaning more insulin than our body needs for energy, to balance our blood sugars, the overage in energy gets stored. Our body either uses or stores the energy. If you store the energy generated from the food you eat, you put on weight. If your body uses all the energy generated from the food you eat, you do not put on weight.

Losing weight as your physician recommends means using the energy your body has already stored in reserves. Going on a low carbohydrate diet means eating a diet that requires less insulin. Remember that insulin is a growth hormone. So if you eat less carbs and and require more energy through out the day, your body will dip into your reserves. This is how you will start losing weight.

People living with diabetes that adopt a low carb diet will tell you that their insulin requirements go down and some people go off their medication completely. When you stop taking medication, marketers refer to this as curing or reversing type 2 diabetes. In your case,

I believe this is what your physician is referring to when he says your “diabetes will disappear”.  The definition of these terms do not accurately describe what happens to your diabetes when you lose weight. Let’s look at how they are defined first:

Diabetes Disappearing– This means your diabetes vanishes or goes away.

Curing Diabetes– Your diabetes is no longer an issue. It implies the condition goes away completely.

Reversing Diabetes– This implying your condition will go back to pre-diagnosis. If you reverse diabetes, it means you go back to not having diabetes.

 

Conflict by Definition

Why Diabetes Does not disappear, get cured or reverses itself?  it all boils down to your diet.  Eating foods high in sugar will give you high blood sugar. By definition if you cure, reverse or have your diabetes disappear, eating foods high in sugar should not shoot up your blood sugar like it does for people living with diabetes. Meaning your body should have relatively normal blood sugars regardless of what you eat. Similar to people that do not have or live with diabetes.

Once you are diagnosed with diabetes and take medication for your type 2 diabetes, you can go off your medication if you get your blood sugar in a normal range requiring less insulin. Normal blood sugars without medications is how marketers define curing or reversing or having your diabetes disappear.

You might also be interested in these related stores from diabeteshealth.com:

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Source:

Mayo Clinic

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