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If type 2 diabetes means your pancreas has burned out, does it stay burned out if you lose lots of weight?

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Holly Barth
General Practice
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In brief: Yes

Unfortunately you can't reverse your diabetes.
The pancreas will not heal itself. However, weight loss and exercise makes you more sensitive to your insulin. So if you are taking insulin, or your body is still making any insulin... Exercise and weight loss will make that Insulin work better in your body.

In brief: Yes

Unfortunately you can't reverse your diabetes.
The pancreas will not heal itself. However, weight loss and exercise makes you more sensitive to your insulin. So if you are taking insulin, or your body is still making any insulin... Exercise and weight loss will make that Insulin work better in your body.
Holly Barth
Holly Barth
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Dr. Robert Dons
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Pancreas function

Yes, the pancreas can return to better function with secretion of Insulin and amylin after weight loss.
Over time however, exposure of the beta cells in the pancreas to toxins like free fatty acids may lead to permanent loss of Insulin secretory capacity. Glucagon secretion from a 'burned out' type 2 diabetic pancreas never quits.

In brief: Pancreas function

Yes, the pancreas can return to better function with secretion of Insulin and amylin after weight loss.
Over time however, exposure of the beta cells in the pancreas to toxins like free fatty acids may lead to permanent loss of Insulin secretory capacity. Glucagon secretion from a 'burned out' type 2 diabetic pancreas never quits.
Dr. Robert Dons
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