Is diabetes curable and does it run in families?
Diabetes is controllable, but not curable.
Some risk factors for diabetes are genetic, but no genetic factors can cause diabetes alone.
Insulin dependent, or Type I diabetes is caused by an autoimmune
condition in which the pancreas cells are destroyed to the point
where they cannot produce enough insulin. This condition is
currently incurable and must be treated with insulin
In many cases non-insulin dependent (Type II) diabetes is
curable with only lifestyles changes. Type II is caused by the
decreased sensitivity of cells to insulin.
Fortunately, insulin sensitivity has been shown to be drastically increased by:
- Physical Activity
- Caloric Restriction
- Ketogenic diet (low calorie and/or low carbohydrate)
- Adequate sleep and low stress lifestyle
The predisposition for diabetes does run in families. Some types of insulin resistance may be purely genetic but this is not at all common.
The best prevention for diabetes is having controlled blood
sugar levels, being physically active and maintaining a healthy
No, there is no cure for diabetes. Some people with type 2 (adult onset) diabetes may control it with diet, exercise, or pills, but this is not a cure. Gestational diabetes may go away when the patient is no longer pregnant (which is why it's called "gestational".) But juvenile diabetes (type 1) is not curable at this point. Controllable, yes.
It is not curable as such, however it can be improved greatly by healthy diet and exercise (maintaining a healthy weight and diet really helps to improve the severity of type two diabetes.) In some cases blood glucose levels do return to within normal bounds when a healthy lifestyle and weight are reached, however this does not quite mean that the diabetes is cured, and care should still be taken to make sure a supply…
In depends on the definition of harmful, but if by harmful it is meant causing harm to the person that has diabetes then the answer is yes. In extreme cases loss of eyesight can occur as well as circulation probelms ending in amputation of toes or even feet. However diabetes is preventable and once contracted is treatable and even curable.