Many experts believe that Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic disease, so it may be more accurate to use the term remission rather than cure, particularly when considering the cause of type 2 diabetes and the fact that relapse is always possible.
DiRECT (short for Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial) has been testing a new approach to putting Type 2 diabetes into remission in just over 300 people with Type 2 diabetes.
The study found there was a close link between remission and total weight loss. 86% of people who lost more than 15kg on the programme put their Type 2 diabetes into remission after a year. As did 57% of those who lost 10 to 15kg, along with 34% of those who lost 5 to 10 kg. In the comparison group, where people with Type 2 diabetes received standard care, only 4% achieved remission.
What’s Type 2 diabetes remission? Remission doesn’t mean that Type 2 diabetes is gone for good. It means that blood glucose levels have returned to a healthy range again. In this trial, the team defined remission as having blood glucose levels (HbA1c) below 6.5% (48mmol/mol) after 12 months, with at least two months without any Type 2 diabetes medications.
Even American Diabetes Association admits that, Type 2 Diabetes Remission Without Surgery Does Happen—But Very Rarely.
In a consensus statement issued by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), remission is defined based on the following:
- Partial remission: Maintenance of blood glucose below diagnostic levels without diabetes medication for at least one year.
- Complete remission: Normal blood glucose without diabetes medication for at least one year.
- Prolonged remission: Complete remission for at least five years duratio