What is Remission?
Remission of type 2 diabetes is defined as reaching and sustaining normal levels of blood glucose (blood sugar). Type 2 diabetics can achieve remission; this is as close as we have to a cure for a disease considered chronic and incurable. Remission will improve quality of life and can delay - perhaps even prevent - T2D's usual progression toward comorbidities and premature death. However, type 2 diabetes is still lurking there: if they were to return to their old lifestyle.
- Stage One Remession (partial): Hyperglycemia below diagnostic thresholds for diabetes; at least one year in duration, no pharmacologic or procedures.
- Stage Two Remission (Complete): normal glycemic measures; at least two years in duration, no pharmacologic or procedures. Complete remission: This term is used when all signs of the disease have completely disappeared after treatment. Patients are especially fond of calling this NED (No Evidence of Disease). Although this does not mean that the disease is cured, the symptoms have disappeared and the lymphoma cannot be detected using current tests. If this response is maintained for a long period, it is called a durable remission. The longer a patient is in remission the better the prognosis or outcome. However, as with other diabetes, the disease could still possibly return and long-term follow-up is necessary.
- Stage Three Remission (Reversal): Normal glycemic measures; at least three years in duration, no pharmacologic or procedures.
- Stabilization: The stage between remission and a cure is stabilization; the medical term that indicates whether the condition of the patient is either growing better or worse. This indicates that the treatment may or may not be working with the patient or the patient is not responding well with the current procedure.
Hope Diabetes Center in Gilbert, Arizona has 89% of the ARP patients were in remission for diabetes type 2 after three months. They added that 96% of those not already on insulin and who did not have lower pancreatic function went into Stage Two Remission Complete within 6 months.