This is interesting. People still do not believe type 2 diabetes can be reversed.
Yes, although it is not possible to cure type 2 diabetes, through diet changes, exercise and weight loss, you may be able to reach and hold normal blood sugar levels without medication.
Type 2 diabetes is an ongoing disease, which is now manifesting even in the 20s and 30s due to a higher prevalence of obesity secondary to junk foods, irregular food habits and a sedentary lifestyle.
Researchers found that early intense healthy lifestyle can defer the full-blown disease even after its detection. Thus the requirement to start medicine can be delayed.
The most important factor seems to be weight loss. It can be achieved by a low calorie diet, exercise, weight-loss medicines, or even weight-loss surgeries.
How does it work?
It is postulated that the reduction of visceral fat reduces insulin resistance as well as allows the pancreas to work better.
Now the Question here is How long does it take to Cause Diabetes Reversal?
Well, this depends on many factors like your sugar level when diagnosed, body weight at baseline, level of weight loss you can achieve.
Studies have revealed it can take as low as 3 days to 6 months for someone to reverse diabetes. However, most people succeeded around 3 weeks.
However, one must remember all patients cannot reverse type 2 diabetes. Especially those who have crossed 10 years after diagnosis are unlikely to reverse diabetes.
So consult your Endocrinologist to discuss whether you are a candidate for diabetes reversal and the things you need to do for that.
Trying diabetes reversal without a specialist follow up is strongly discouraged as this may end up with many complications.