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A 48-year-old male asked:

Can lifestyle change truly reverse type 2 diabetes?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jennifer Austin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 years experience
Sometimes: Lifestyle alone can prevent, delay, or reverse type two diabetes in many cases. If diet and exercise do not reverse type two diabetes, they can make it much less severe. Some cases will still need medicine, but lifestyle can make a huge difference.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Yes with weight loss: If you are overweight and "lifestyle change" includes significant weight loss, it might reverse type 2 diabetes. Otherwise, probably not.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Not completely: The key is exercise, and to a lesser extent weight loss. You'll still have the strong genetic tendency, but you can keep the chemical changes and physical deterioration at bay by getting super-fit.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Yes in: most cases when insulin resistance is do to sedentary lifestyle and poor dietary habits and Obesity. Significant weight loss, healthy lifestyle and low carbohydrate diet has been able to reverse type 2 diabetics
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Lifestyle for DM2.: Optimized nutrition, regular exercise and weight maintenance can help keep blood sugars in an acceptable range to minimize the chance of diabetic complications in the long term, but cannot cure diabetes. As well, diabetes does progress over time despite our best efforts at lifestyle change so eventually these measures may just not be enough.

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Leesburg, VA
A 21-year-old male asked:

How long does it take to reverse type 2 diabetes?

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Dr. Jerry Brown
Prosthodontics 54 years experience
Reverse Diabetes Tp2: Good day; How long does one require to shed their weight to an ideal number? Enroll in a health club, start walking and consider challenging hiking? Cultivate a food plan and begin to eat for nutritional value and energy and not for STORAGE!! Satisfy those goals and your type 2 diabetes will disappear!!
Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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