Although, there is no known cure for type 2 diabetes, with careful control and lifestyle choices, sometimes it can go into remission. Remission is not predictable, and the medical community is still not sure why diabetes goes into remission for some people but not for others. However, a specific set of factors is associated with remission.
Your type 2 Diabetes is in the early stages
If you are in early stage of your diabetes and have had a major weight loss, perhaps after bariatric surgery, your chances of having your diabetes go into remission is higher. The possibility of remission becomes lower in later stage diabetes, when your body may no longer have the ability to make its own insulin.
You don’t need medication, and you live a healthy lifestyle
If you are a diabetes patient who doesn’t require medication – and you consciously pursue healthy practices, particularly sticking to a diabetes diet, maintaining your weight and keeping a consistent exercise routine – you may return to a normal blood sugar level. If your body can make and use insulin, your diabetes would be considered to be in remission.
A1c testing and fasting glucose level remain at normal levels
Your average blood sugar level over several months is determined by A1c testing, which is administered at least twice a year.
After over a year without using diabetes medicine, if you test normal A1c and fasting glucose levels, your diabetes can be considered in complete remission. You would need to continue blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, kidney and eye testing as well as regular foot checks.
After over 5 years without using diabetes medicine and normal A1c and fasting glucose testing. Your diabetes may be considered to be in prolonged remission. Although lab testing would happen less frequently, your medical practitioner would continue to monitor heart, eye, foot, or other health problems you previously had from diabetes.
Whether or not your type 2 diabetes goes into remission, controlling your blood sugar is the most important way to stay healthy.
• Make your diet exceptionally healthy. Reduce your daily intake of carbohydrates intake, spreading the carbs into small helpings over the day. The mainstay of your diet should be protein, fat, and fiber.
• Exercise, be as active as you can and lose weight. Walk instead of drive, or park in spaces farther from your destination. Find a physical activity you enjoy, so that it’s easy and fun to stay consistent. You could reduce or eliminate your need for medicine, as increased activity makes your body use up sugar.
• Be proactive about testing and medical appointment. Stay on top of your appointments. Pay attention to your symptoms between appointments, do research and come prepared with questions and concerns to discuss with your doctor including how often you should have the Ac1 testing.
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