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several very prominent doctors have said otherwise. They have written that they've seen patients go from diabetic back to normal with the proper diet and exercise.

Diabetes is fatal, a fact that doesn't seem to register as many look at it as a lifestyle related disease. Early treatment can actually return blood glucose levels to the normal range. In fact, you may not develop type 2 diabetes automatically if you have what is called pre-diabetes. But this requires the cooperation between the patient and the doctor. There is no cure to type 1 or 2 diabetes, but you can manage it and delay progression from "pre-diabetes" to type 2 diabetes though a combination of diet, exercise and non-insulin medication.

But slowing it down is not a cure, and while diet and exercise can improve your blood sugars today, there is no guarantee that your blood sugar will remain under control. The worst thing that can happen is that someone thinks they are out of the woods and then they reduce the exercise or return to eating less healthy foods.

You sort of make me feel that this is hopeless
No, it's not hopeless. To the contrary, there is great research being performed for both the management of type 1 and 2 diabetes as well as hopes of a cure in our lifetime. I am not saying you have to take medication. What I am saying is that the decision whether or not to take medications should be made with your doctor. If you are against drugs, you need to tell your doctor and not let them write prescriptions you don't want or won't use.

Here's a couple articles I found from a recent World Diabetes Day event:

Not everyone who claims they can cure diabetes is a doctor but there are some medically trained doctors who think it can be cured. As someone who has lived with diabetes for over a decade, I think the real answer is that it can be managed but not cured, at least not yet. Most national and international diabetes organizations seem to agree with me. So I take it with a grain of salt when someone claims to have found all natural or organic cures. They said the same thing about Cancer. When the ADA, JDRF, CDC or NIH announce a cure, then I'll be a believer.

That said, there are many examples of people living with type 2 diabetes, starting with Tom Hanks, Randy Jackson, Drew Carey, David Wells, George Lucas, Nick Jonas and Charlie Kimball. Plus, one of my diabetes heroes, BB King (88, living with diabetes and still touring with Lucille).

Who thinks living with diabetes is a matter of life and death, maybe not immediate, but the decisions you make today can impact your days down the road...
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