I was diagnosed in January with Type 2 diabetes. My A1c was a 6.7. I immediately began to experiment with different diets until I found Low Carb High Fat. I eat less than 30 carbs a day and fill up on meat, fish, chicken, olive oil, butter, cheese, bacon, avocado and nut butters amongst other things. In March my A1C had gone down to a 5.4 and I have lost fifty pounds. My weight is normal now and so is my body mass. I wasn't placed on meds and hopefully can continue to control it with diet and exercise. Even though you're on medication you can make changes and eventually be taken off of them. It's definitely possible! Just takes discipline and a lot of trial and error. My blood glucose meter is my best friend it tells me what I can and can't handle. I test fasting, before meals and one/two hours after every meal.
You can manage your sugars well enough to no longer need medical intervention (called diet managed), but the underlying condition will always be there. It is dangerous to think it can be cured because then you get lax on management and end up falling off plan. Good luck. I was just diagnosed Tuesday with an A1c of 8.6. Gonna need all my knowledge as an RN to do this.
Cindy is correct you can control it, diabetes will always be waiting for you to fall off your control.
Check out Dr. Jason Fung. His science makes sense and I have seen the reversal of diabetes with an over haul of diet and exercise.
I "appear" to have reversed a NEW type 2 diabetes diagnosis. No guarantees, of course.
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes fall of 2015. I had been prediabetic for several years.
I did a couple of things over the next six months. I went hard core paleo for two months. I got back to exercising regularly (I had stopped due to an injury). And what I think was MOST important, I supplemented with magnesium after finding that my levels were rock bottom in blood serum (which means also low in tissues).
After a year of normal blood sugar levels, despite falling off the healthy eating bandwagon and also having lack of mobility due to a second surgery, my gp has removed the diagnosis. I have continued to supplement with magnesium and my blood levels are now low normal.
I believe the magnesium was the most important step. Do a search for magnesium and type 2 diabetes; it seems to play a significant role.
Type 2 diabetes may be able to be put into remission with appropriate lifestyle choices, particularly low carb / keto, and exercise. Metformin is a very useful drug.
Please know that totally normal blood sugars are typically in the 70 - 90 range. This should be your ultimate goal (or as close as you can get).
Please keep taking the metformin along with the lifestyle changes.
I believe that reversing insulin resistance (diet, exercise, metformin) is critical for preventing diabetes progression and complications. However, if you do all these things and blood sugars are still higher than normal (and I am a purist, believing that normal blood sugars are our targets), then medications do have a role to play.
It is known that diabetes complications proceed progressively as A1c rises above 5.0.
Therefore, my personal goal is a1c of 5.0 or less. My latest a1c is 4.6, which I am very happy with. I don't have low blood sugars, even though I use insulin. I do pay close attention to diet and monitor blood sugars as well.