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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is there a cure for type 2 diabetes?

    Once you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, is it possible to be “cured” if you exercise and follow a healthy diet? Or will you always have diabetes?
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    John Stevens

    Exercise Physiologist

    John is an exercise physiologist and owner of Kinetic Medicine, an Exercise Physiology practice with 5 clinics on the NSW Mid North Coast. John is … View Profile

    Generally speaking, there is no cure for type II diabetes and thus prevention is of the utmost importance. Type II diabetes is diagnosed on two subsequent glucose tolerance tests where the result is 7mmol/L or greater. As such, if on first testing, an appropriate regime of behaviour change and medication are implemented it is possible to prevent the onset of diabetes. Some type II diabetics have gone into ‘remission’, whereby their blood glucose levels are maintained at healthy levels for prolongued periods of time and this usually occurs in cases where the individual has increased their physical activity levels and improved their diet resulting in the optimising of body weight. Laparascopic banding or ‘lap-band’ surgery has been documented to have some success in helping type II diabetics into remission, however this should be a last resort option only for individuals who have truly exhausted all other management strategies.

    If you have type II diabetes, ask your GP for a referral to an exercise physiologist (EP) to see all that exercise and lifestyle change can do for you.

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