Originally Posted by lotsakids
Diabetes doesn't go away, but getting your diet under control and exercising lowers blood sugar.
Well... just last night I was at a meeting of endocrinologists and nephrologists talking about diabetes. (I'm a medical writer.) Several doctors said that early type 2 diabetes CAN actually go away if people lose weight. They said they've seen it happen several times in their own practices. However, you can't just lose a few pounds and expect to reverse diabetes: you have to lose all your excess weight so you reach the normal BMI range.
That's why doctors don't push this approach: in their experience most people can't achieve or sustain this type of weight loss. So they push pills instead -- which may accelerate diabetes progression in the long run.