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Type 2 Diabetes – In Reverse

When your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain glucose levels that fall within the normal range or your body is resistant to the insulin effects, this is type 2 diabetes. Being that glucose is a sufficient fuel for your body, it is of the utmost importance that it be maintained. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition.

A1C
Normal less than 5.7%
Prediabetes 5.7% to 6.4%
Diabetes 6.5% or higher
https://www.diabetes.org/a1c/diagnosis
Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG)
Normal less than 100 mg/dl
Prediabetes 100 mg/dl to 125 mg/dl
Diabetes 126 mg/dl or higher
https://www.diabetes.org/a1c/diagnosis

Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)
Normal less than 140 mg/dl
Prediabetes 140 mg/dl to 199 mg/dl
Diabetes 200 mg/dl or higher
https://www.diabetes.org/a1c/diagnosis

According to many articles and research, no cure exists for type 2 diabetes. It can be managed and controlled by maintaining weight, diet, and exercise if that fails, there is medication to assist in controlling your glucose levels.

Glucose comes from two main sources, which are, glucose (sugar) and your liver. Insulin helps it enter into the bloodstream and there, the sugar is absorbed. The body's liver is the maker and storer of glucose.

Type 2 diabetics bodies do not work this way. Sugar builds up in the bloodstream, the sugar does not move into your cells. The blood-sugar rises and the cells in the pancreas release more insulin (insulin-producing beta). Once the cells become impaired, they simply can’t keep up with the body's demand to make enough insulin.

Type 1 diabetes is much different, it is actually a true autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells. This attack leaves the body with little to no insulin; thus leaving Type 1 diabetics completely insulin resistant.

Type 2 diabetes can be inherited, it can come from poor exercise, diet, obesity or even ethnicity/race. There is also a myth that everyone who has diabetes is overweight. This is NOT true. Type 2 diabetes onset can also be caused by chronic stress, visceral abdominal fat, and inflammation in the body.

Type 2 diabetes can develop slowly as well as there are many many cases of child diabetes. Symptoms include excessive thirst, blurred vision, weight loss, fatigue, hunger, dry mouth, frequent urination, itchy skin and fatigue/ lack of energy.

There are many oral medications to help treat Type 2 diabetes. If left uncontrolled, the risks are very dangerous and can even lead to death. Risks can include: sores or cuts not healing, frequent yeast infections, neuropathy, diabetic coma, damage to the pancreas and liver, vascular problems and damage and cardiovascular problems to include stroke.

According to http://www.webmd.com, http://www.healthline.com, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com, uwhealth.org, emedicinehealth.com, and many other sites and research.

I know that it’s difficult to understand curing and reversing. Remission is the main word.

THERE IS NO CURE, however, there is reversal or remission. You CAN REVERSE YOUR TYPE 2 diabetes. It’s very important to continue to monitor your glucose levels and take care of yourself as the risk of reoccurrence is always possible.

In my case, I was always hypoglycaemic, low sugar. Type 2 diabetes has always been an issue in my family (heredity), however, I never imagined I would face it. In 2015, I found out my A1C was 7.1. Since the discovery of my type 2 diabetes, I have lowered it tremendously. Each A1C test has shown improvement over the course of a 4 year period.

What have I done? I honestly do not necessarily watch everything I eat as I should, I DO pay great attention to the total carbohydrates (carbs turn to sugar), I am limited to exercise (due to fibromyalgia and RA), I have lost at least 50 pounds within a year, I have a grip on my mental health, and lastly I have a grip on the diabetic medications that work for my body.

In the beginning, I was placed on metformin, this is the #1 and front line diabetic medication for type 2 diabetes. At first, it worked for diabetes control, although it absolutely caused tremendous GI issues. After that experience, I was placed on Januvia. Januvia was fantastic, due to insurance reasons, I was switched to Janumet (Janumet is simply Januvia and Metformin mixed), of course, the GI issues reoccurred, I already suffered with GI issues, I definitely did not need more. I worked in depth with my pharmacy and insurance company after zero diabetic medication for 8 months (I don’t recommend this), and in 2019, they began covering the Januvia again. The Januvia out of pocket costs are almost $600 a month.

Diabetes treatment is not for the poor or the weak. I personally believe this is why so many people are not in a position to control it. The test strips monthly range from $25-$80, the meters are sometimes free if you know who to contact, otherwise, they are $20-$100, you need lancets, these are about $10 a box, see my point? Not even including the food, most food we (people in general) eat and mainstream food is full of sugar and carbohydrates. If you are a low income, I imagine it’s very difficult to eat healthy and as you supposed to.

So many challenges come along with these diseases and illnesses. Unless you are directly impacted, it’s very easy to judge.

Rant over, I simply want everyone to stop judging the overweight, diabetic community, or the elderly diabetics, or the diabetics you know absolutely nothing about. Education is the key and EVERYONE’S situation is different. YES, some folks love to eat and they don’t mind being diabetic, that’s on them.

As for me, right now, I am happy to report as of this month my A1C is 5.3. My primary care doctor is allowing me to discontinue medication. In 3 months she will run another A1C, and thereafter, to continue to check and monitor my status. I must also continue taking care of myself and testing my blood glucose at least twice a day.

Type 2 diabetes in my case, as in the case of several of my family members has wreaked havoc on my body. It has caused a mild case gastroparesis. I’m uncertain and fearful to stop taking the medication. I’m very leery that it will become out of control for no reason, mainly with all of the autoimmune issues I deal with.

In the meantime, I thank God for this small accomplishment and pray that it continues. Stay tuned for updates.....

If you or someone you know is suffering from diabetes, you can find further information below by going to the following links:

https://www.diabetes.org/a1c/diagnosis

http://www.patienthelpnetwork.org

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/genetics-of-diabetes.html

https://www.randox.com/myth-obesity-type-2-diabetes/

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