Remission Rare But Possible in Type 2 Diabetes
Can a healthy lifestyle help people with type 2 diabetes to go into remission without bariatric surgery? Yes, although it’s rare in the real world, researchers found when they analyzed data from 122,781 adults enrolled in a health care delivery system. Seven years post-diagnosis, only 140 of them had ever achieved complete remission, defined as having an A1C (a measure of overall glucose control) of less than 5.7 percent on at least two visits without taking any diabetes medications. Only 6 people maintained remission for five years straight. Remission rates were higher for people diagnosed more recently and for those not put on diabetes medications or needing only oral diabetes medications at the time they were diagnosed.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online Sept. 17, 2014