‘Reversing diabetes’ usually refers to the case where people with type 2 diabetes are able to restore their blood sugar and insulin to normal levels, such that they no longer need to take medication. This is also known as putting diabetes in remission.
The reversal is not necessarily permanent – to keep diabetes in remission and stay off the meds, you have to keep your weight in the healthy range by continuing to practise healthy eating habits and staying active.
Also, note that this doesn’t happen for everyone – while weight loss can be beneficial in reversing diabetes progression, it also depends on how long you’ve had the disease, how severe it is, and your genes. Some people who are at a healthy weight are living with type 2 diabetes too. We spoke to experts from the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.