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Let's Talk About Diabetes Treatment

There's no cure for diabetes, but don't let that get you down. You have more choices for effective treatments and easier-to-use technologies than ever before to help you manage symptoms of the disease.

    Our Pro PanelDiabetes Treatment

    We went to some of the nation's top experts in diabetes to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Nilem Patel M.D, headshot.

    Nilem Patel, M.D.Endocrinologist

    Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital
    Los Angeles, CA
    Laura Cason, R.D. headshot.

    Laura Cason, R.D.Certified Diabetes Educator and Spokesperson

    Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Chicago, IL
    Peter Goulden, M.D.

    Peter Goulden, M.D.Medical Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

    Mount Sinai St. Luke's
    New York, NY

    Frequently Asked QuestionsDiabetes Treatment

    Can diabetes be reversed?

    Type 1 diabetes in an incurable autoimmune disease. Type 2 diabetes cannot be cured, but for some people, diet and exercise work so well and keeps blood sugar levels stable enough that doctors might consider the disease to be in “remission,” with few or no noticeable symptoms.

    What foods should someone with diabetes avoid?

    Since diabetes causes high blood sugar levels, one of the most important changes someone with type 2 diabetes can make is to reduce or cut out sugary beverages like soda and juice drinks that may hike up blood sugar. It’s also smart to limit sweets, fried foods, and alcohol.

    How do you test for diabetes?

    The first step is a blood test, usually the A1C (or glycated hemoglobin) test. This test measures what percentage of your red blood cells have been coated with glucose over the past two to three months. An A1C result below 5.7 is considered normal; 5.7 to 6.4 is prediabetic; 6.5 or above suggests diabetes.

    Are there natural treatments for diabetes?

    Diet and exercise are your best bets. Researchers have looked into supplements like cinnamon and apple cider vinegar to see if they help treat diabetes. There isn’t enough evidence yet to show these or other natural supplements have any benefit, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

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    Sunny is a health journalist, book author, and essayist living in Portland, OR.