Bad news? No cure. Good news? With treatment and lifestyle changes, your life can continue to be amazing.
Lorena Alarcon-Casas Wright, M.D., director of the LatinX Diabetes Clinic at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, gives the basics on curability of this disease.
Type 2 diabetes is not curable. It does sound pretty sad, but the good news, and I think that's why we need to do a lot of education about how important it is to screen and treat diabetes, is that is a disease that is possible to have under control. When it is well controlled, then complications do not occur.
It is possible to have diabetes well-controlled without medications in the early stages. As diabetes progresses, that might not be possible to be able to control diabetes with just lifestyle modifications. Again, the good news is that it is controllable. There are a lot of different regimens, treatments, strategies. When it is well-controlled, then complications do not occur, even if it is not curable.