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Kaimali

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I am trying to find a solid answer since I've read that it is not curable. My doctor keeps telling me that it is and to lose weight. Well I lost 33lbs (198lbs to 165lbs) and my glucose levels are not that high anymore, my glucose use to be 400 n up..talk about diabetic coma. Well what do you peoples think?
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I am surprised your doctor is claiming that Diabetes is a "curable" disease. It is my understanding that once the damage is done that's it....there is no turning back.

Would this be your GP? or a specialist?

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Unfortunately Dawn, it's incurable. I wish it was otherwise. The fact you've lost a lot of weight has helped your body tremendously to cope better. If you've changed your eating habits -- you must have to have lost 33 lbs! nothing's magical about weight loss -- that usually enables us, T2s, to enjoy lower levels of blood glucose. The fact remains though, your pancreas doesn't produce enough or much insulin. Its job may be easier now that you've lost weight. That's great!

Should you return to your old habits, should you put the weight back on again, you'd soon find yourself at square one again Dawn. Your pancreas just can't cope.

Have you had all the tests done?

Perhaps your doctor told you it's curable to motivate you to lose weight? I just find it upsetting he would lie to you though...

If you're feeling great and your levels are great at the moment, continue to take great care of yourself. Perhaps... consider seeing another doctor? ;)

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Marie
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Diabetes is not "curable"... it is on the other hand, controllable. That is to say that with proper management, you can keep your numbers at a solid level, and avoid the worst effects.

Maybe someday it will be curable, but not for awhile, that's for sure.

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Ditto what Ashtur said. While diabetes cannot be cured, you can control your blood sugar level.
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HUmm..you know what I do not understand is before the age of 18 I never had type 2 diabetes..it happened a year after I gave birth to my son. So I am assuming diabetes comes whenever our health goes bad?

To answer your question..yes the doctor took tests and the doctor is my primary doctor..she seems to be an everything kind of doc..because she also is an obgyn.

She keeps telling me to lose weight so my body will go back to normal & my diabetes will go away..unless she ment controlled.
her n another doctor always say that I am too young to be on all these medications.

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Sounds to me as if your GP is mixing up Type 2 Diabetes with Gestational (sp) Diabetes Kaimali.

When a woman develops Gestational Diabetes (which occurs when a woman is pregnant) it usually (not always) clears up once the baby arrives and things get back to normal. However if you had Gestational Diabetes while pregnant that's a wake up call, it means that later in life you will probably develop Type 1 or 2 Diabetes.

However Type 2 Diabetes is not Gestational Diabetes so it's a totally different ballgame.

Loosing the weight is always encouraged in Type 2's since it usually makes things easier to control....you tend to get better blood sugars and better blood sugars means less complications.

I think you need to ask your GP to send you to a diabetes specialist for a consultation. Also the specialist can answer your many questions and can confirm that you are on an optimal treatment plan for your Diabetes :)

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Kaimali: Type 2 is what used to be called "Adult Onset"... it usually doesn't show until you are adult (though there are more cases of teens getting it recently). A woman who gets diabetes during pregnancy is at higher risk.

Losing the weight, getting exercise and the like will very much help you control it, and possibly get you off any meds. It will still be there, just under control.

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from what I have learned in the very short time since the diagnosis is that we can become "Latent Diabetics" but never "non diabetic" once we have it.
I intend to become a latent diabetic very quickly (no meds)

I did tell the doctor that I envsioned being shot by a jealous husband in my 90's. He said its quite possible if I take care of myself and date the wrong woman at the nursing home.



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Kaimali

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wow, I am glad i found this forum..I am getting so many question answered YaY! this helps ALOT! thank you everyone




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