I think I am one of the lucky one's, I am type 2 diabetic but diet controlled for 7 years , my question is could anyone be diet controlled for ever or do people usually end up on meds .
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that's interesting - is there a strong family history of diabetes.
there are some genetic forms of diabetes - MODY - that run in family and if the onset is late in life are often mistaken for type 2 (mainly because GPs aren't aware that they exist - though they affect 2% of the population).
There is a variant that runs in my family that has onset between 35 and late 40s. Other variants can be very low level and can go undetected for years and can be controlled by diet but in general they are more closely related to type 1 than type 2 - impaired production of insulin rather than the reaction to high sugar levels in blood that is type 2 - this means they tend to respond better to different medications so it may be that that is what is going on with your sister if there is also a strong family history
I don't have the gene - was part of study trying that identified the gene around 2004 - though at that point I was getting to the end of the range - my brother does have it and developed diabetes around that time - and was having problems with the medication he was on but switched and that really helped. My mother always struggled with her sugar levels and was still on metformin until a few years ago, despite knowing that she wasn't type 2.
Hi Crystal thanks for your reply and well done for loosing 2 stone , when I was first diagnosed I lost 2 1/2 stone, apart from being late with a meal then i start with the dreaded shakes from inside out I don't seem to have a problem with my diabetes , so I am pleased to know if I keep on top of it I won't have to go on meds so thanks again Crystal for your reply.