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Is There Any Cure For Diabetes
Control, not cure: For type 1 diabetes, no cure, just treatment w/ insulin. For type 2 diabetes, some doctors feel that drastic weight loss after weight-loss surgery may "cure" some patients. This is controversial, however. Other doctors prefer to borrow a term from our cancer colleagues and call this "remission". For most patients, however, we work w/ diet, exercise & meds, including insulin, to control sugars. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more
Not Exactly: Patients with type 2 diabetes can, through exercise, diet, and weight loss (including bariatric surgery), sometimes improve their labs nearly to non-diabetic levels and may not require medication, but this is generally considered good chronic treatment rather than cure. Type 1 is trickier; pancreatic cell transplant is directed at cure but is still experimental and not widely done. ...Read more
No cures: These are treatments you are referring to. ...Read more
Cure vs control?: If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure, you will benefit greatly by managing these problems. You can keep your blood sugar and blood pressure in good ranges with medications, appropriate diet and exercise, and hopefully skip the complications that can occur when diabetes and high blood pressure are not controlled. Good luck; the work is worth it! lgromko md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need medication: It is important to determine the cause of diabetes insipidus. It involves the absense of a pituitary hormone. Common causes are head trauma, pituitary tumors, surgery. Kidney diabetes insipidus (nephrogenic) can be caused by certain drugs, such as lithium. If your doctor knows the cause, then treating the cause can sometimes reverse it. But usually treatment with DDAVP (desmopressin) is essential. ...Read more
See below: There are two types of surgery being currently tried for type i diabetes. This is transplantation of a new pancreas, and transplantation of the islets in the pancreas (cells that make insulin) neither procedure has a great success rate. Research is ongoing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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