Is diabetes curable?

Diabetes is a dominant health problem that is fast-approaching an epidemic scale of the population worldwide. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality in people with diabetes. Factors like hypertension have a part to play in the development of cardiovascular diseases. A recent study data shows that people with hypertension are more prone to diabetes than people having normal blood pressure. Studies show that the combination of diabetes and hypertension increases the risk of macro and microvascular complications.

With the extensive research and advancement in the treatment of diabetes, it is tempting to expect someone to have found a cure for diabetes. But in reality, there is no complete cure for diabetes. Neither for type 1 nor for type 2 diabetes. Even though there is no cure for diabetes, treatment and lifestyle changes can make a huge difference for people with diabetes.

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes play a vital role in the treatment of diabetes. Even though there is no cure, diabetes can be controlled to a great extent. Some people may go into remission as a result of these lifestyle changes and treatment. Some of the changes you need to make are:

  • Manage your blood sugar level: You need to maintain your blood sugar level as normal as possible.
  • Take your diabetic medication regularly
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Check your glucose level periodically
  • Regular exercise
  • Maintain good sleeping habits
  • Keep up with regular medical appointments

Nature therapy

Natural therapy cannot cure diabetes. Although, exercises like deep abdominal breathing, progressive muscle relaxation can significantly help in relieving stress. As stress affects your blood sugar levels, relaxation is important to manage your diabetes. Natural supplements may be contradictory or dangerous in some cases. It is absolutely essential to check with your doctor before taking any supplements.

Weight loss surgery

Many obese individuals with recent onset diabetes have seen their blood sugar levels return to normal after undergoing weight loss surgery. Such people no longer need to take diabetes medication. The more weight they lose the greater improvement in the control of blood sugar level. It is extremely important to maintain your weight after surgery as the return of extra weight may lead to the return of diabetes. Therefore making healthy lifestyle changes and continuing to follow it is important.

Islet cell transplantation

Islet cell transplantation is an evolving technology which is still under research. On successful transplantation, the islet cells will be able to sense the blood sugar levels and release insulin in response. The islet cells are donor cells. This method will provide more flexibility to meal planning and prevent long-term complications like stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, nerve, and eye damage. This procedure requires the person to take medication for the rest of their life to prevent the body from rejecting the donor cells.

Stem cells

Stem cells have promising chances to have a cure for diabetes in the future.  But it is still under research. Scientists have had some positive results using stem cells in the treatment of type 1 diabetes.

As diabetic patients, you need to be skeptical about claims to cure diabetes and make an informed decision before taking up any treatment. 

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