Endocrinology-Diabetes Questions Diabetes

Can diabetes be reversed if diagnosed early?

My husband is 27 years old and has just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Do you think with exercise and lifestyle changes it can be reversed?

1 Answer

The answer to this is yes and no. No, because diabetes is a genetic disease and we can't change our genetics. Though you can't change the genetic predisposition for diabetes, there are environmental factors in diabetes that can be changed so that the symptoms go away and medicine may not be needed to control the blood sugar. Lifestyle change is needed and should be a part of diabetes management anyway. This means diet, exercise, and wt. loss if overweight. This will help whether it is enough is the question. Do it and see the benefits whether he comes off medication or not.