In some cases, type 2 diabetes is reversible, according to Healthline. The main contributing factor to reversing type 2 diabetes is weight loss, as excess fat in the body effects the production of insulin and how the body uses it.
As of 2014, research has shown that bariatric surgery is capable of reversing type 2 diabetes, states Healthine. However, commitment to a diet and exercise plan has shown to be just as effective without being as intrusive as surgery.
When trying to lose weight, it is always important to talk to a doctor first. Given a doctor's approval, the first thing a patient should do is improve their diet, according to Healthline. Doing so may not only reverse type 2 diabetes, but also lessen symptoms. Any diet geared towards weight loss should include whole grains, lean meats and limited amounts of alcohol and sweets, as well as a reduction in one's total calorie intake.
Another effective way to lose weight in order to reverse diabetes is getting the right amount of exercise, notes Healthline. As with a new diet plan, it is important to consult a doctor before starting any exercise plan. Upon a doctor's approval, it is important to start the exercise plan slowly and to gradually increase the duration of the exercises. Brisk walking is often an ideal exercise; however, diabetics should be sure to monitor their blood glucose levels and bring a snack in case their blood glucose drops.