Top Myths about Type 2 Diabetes Cures
Eileen Bailey | April 5, 2018
Diabetes is a chronic condition that develops when your pancreas does not produce enough insulin or your body is not able to effectively use the insulin it produces according to the World Health Organization. Type 2 diabetes is treatable and can be controlled to allow people to live full and satisfying lives, however, there is currently no cure for type 2 diabetes. Continue reading to find out about three common myths about treatment and cures for type 2 diabetes.
The conspiracy myth
One of the most prevalent myths about curing type 2 diabetes is that the pharmaceutical industry is preventing research and divulgence of any cure because they make too much money treating diabetes.
Research for a cure continues
Part of this myth is the pharmaceutical industry prevents research into a cure for type 2 diabetes. This is not true. The Joslin Diabetes Center works to tirelessly to prevent the disease. The Diabetes Research Institute helps fund scientists working toward a cure. A few recent studies working on a cure for diabetes include one at the University of California to at mimicking a fasting diet and one at UC San Diego looking at using peptides to improve glucose levels in the body.
The conspiracy theory doesn’t make sense
It is true that the pharmaceutical industry makes a great deal of money on treatments for diabetes. There is profit in selling medications and supplies needed to manage diabetes on a daily basis. That is what pharmaceutical companies are in business to do. But it is out of their realm to stop research for a cure from going forward. This research continues, in the United States and around the world. It would be impossible for the pharmaceutical industry to prevent these studies from continuing.
The myth that diabetes is your fault therefore if you eat right you will cure it
Type 2 diabetes is caused by a number of lifestyle and genetic factors. It is known that it tends to run in families and that it is more common among people of certain ethnic backgrounds according to the National Institutes of Health. Some diseases, such as Cushing’s Syndrome, might also increase your risk of developing diabetes. Lifestyle factors, such as being overweight, sedentary or smoking might also increase your risk.
You can manage type 2 diabetes but there isn’t a cure
There are some lifestyle factors you can control. You can lose weight, start exercising, eat right and quit smoking. These will lower your risk of developing diabetes or help control it once you have it. Some people enter remission from the disease with medication and changes in behavior. Because diabetes is a genetic condition, the predisposition for the disease remains, even when your blood sugar levels have stabilized according to the University of California.
Diet alone doesn’t manage blood sugar levels
If unhealthy eating habits, such as consuming sugary drinks, leads to diabetes then eliminating them should make it go away, right? That makes sense and eliminating foods with high sugar content is a good idea and may lower your blood sugar levels. But effectively managing diabetes requires additional steps, such as regular exercise and weight loss. Despite lifestyle changes, some people still need medication to control their diabetes according to the University of California.
The myth that fasting cures diabetes
There is some evidence that fasting helps to boost the pancreatic function, at least in mice. A study completed in 2017 found that diabetic mice put on a fasting-mimicking diet had restored pancreatic function. The researchers believe this diet might, in effect, reboot the pancreas. Although they also experimented on human pancreatic cell cultures, the theory has not yet been tested on humans. The researchers warned that people with diabetes should not try this at home to treat their diabetes.
Fasting helps some people manage diabetes
Fasting, skipping meals or limiting calories, for a specified length of time, can be helpful for some people with type 2 diabetes according to Diabetes Forecast. Although it goes against traditional thinking that regular, healthy meals keep blood sugar levels stabilized but it can be helpful for those who are obese, which may be contributing to their diabetes.
Fasting can be dangerous
Intermittent fasting, which is usually eating one day and fasting the next, for a period of time, might be helpful in preventing diabetes in those who are overweight. But fasting once you have diabetes and take insulin or other medications for diabetes might have a higher risk of hypoglycemia when fasting. If you want to try this approach, it is best to do so only under a doctor’s supervision.