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Can you reverse Type 2 diabetes?

The people at Diabetes UK have made this short video to explain why we don’t call it Type 2 diabetes reversal, because this might sound like it’s permanent, and there’s no guarantee that your diabetes has gone forever. But yes, it is possible to put your Type 2 diabetes into remission. This is when your blood sugar levels are below the diabetes range and you don’t need to take diabetes medication anymore.

How do you reverse Type 2 diabetes? There’s no guarantee, and it’s no easy fix. But the strongest evidence for reaching Type 2 diabetes remission points towards weight loss in people who are overweight or obese. Some people have done this through lifestyle and diet changes, and through weight loss surgery (called metabolic and diabetes surgery, formerly bariatric surgery).

Here’s how it all works.

Can a cure be found for Type 2 diabetes through metabolic surgery?


Insights of the world congress of Type 2 diabetes 2019 (WCITD).



Type 2 diabetes is characterised by high blood glucose levels. This leads to serious health complications. Type 2 diabetes is strongly associated with obesity and ageing. More than 850,000 Australians have type 2 diabetes, and its incidence in increasing. Medical researchers from the Walter and Elizabeth Hall are revealing how type 2 diabetes develops, and advancing new strategies to treat this condition.


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