Diabetes is a condition in which the level of sugar in a person’s blood is too high. In type 2 diabetes, this happens because a person’s body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the insulin produced is rejected by the body’s cells. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. It is different to type 1 diabetes, in which a person’s body can’t produce insulin at all. Insulin is a chemical produced by the pancreas which controls the level of sugar in the blood and transfers it to the cells to be turned into energy.
Type 2 diabetes may have once been considered a lifelong condition, but recent research has shown that for some people it can go into remission through weight loss and healthy lifestyle choices
Dr Zenon Andreou - Zava
If insulin is unable to do this, too much sugar will remain in the blood which can lead to complications with the heart, nerves, kidneys, eyes and feet.
Diabetes has no specific cure but is treated with medication to keep the condition under control.
However, there have been some claims type 2 diabetes can be reversed. So is this true?
According to Dr Zenon Andreou, GP at European online doctor Zava, it is possible for type 2 diabetes to go into remission for some people, through weight loss and healthy lifestyle choices.
The doctor notes, however, that there is currently no long-term evidence to prove this is a permanent cure.
Type 2 diabetes can go into remission by making healthy lifestyle changes (Image: Getty Images)
Type 2 diabetes is linked to weight, in that people who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop the condition.
People who already have type 2 diabetes and are overweight or obese are also more likely to develop associated complications.
“Diets high in refined carbohydrates such as pasta, white bread and sugary drinks raise blood glucose levels and the