Can Diabetes be Cured?
No. Today, diabetes can be managed, but there is no cure for diabetes yet. Any product that claims to be a miracle cure for diabetes is a fraud that could cheat you of time, money and most importantly, your health.
There are many scams designed to prey on consumers with diabetes who are hoping to find solutions to living with this chronic disease.
Until researchers find a cure, the only safe way to manage diabetes is to follow the treatment program designed by your health care practitioner.
Approximately two million Canadians have diabetes. Diabetes occurs when the body can’t produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that ensures your body gets the energy it needs to work. Over time, diabetes can lead to complications such as blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, limb amputations, nerve damage and erectile dysfunction. The risk of long-term complications can be reduced through effective health care, education and self-management.
There are three types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, usually diagnosed in children and adolescents, occurs when the body makes little or no insulin. Type 2 diabetes, the most common form, occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body does not effectively use the insulin produced. Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adulthood, although increasing numbers of children in hig-hrisk populations (i.e. Aboriginal, Asian, Hispanic and African) are being diagnosed.
The third type of diabetes, known as gestational diabetes, is a temporary condition that develops during pregnancy but disappears after the baby is born. Both mother and child have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Lifestyle changes can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Healthy eating, weight control and physical activity are important prevention steps.
Type 1 diabetes is always treated with insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is managed through physical activity and meal planning and may require medications and/or insulin to help your body make or use insulin more effectively.