What is remission?

You may already know a lot about type 2 diabetes – but did you know it can be put into remission or paused? There’s hope. Find out how this can happen.

Imagine at your next appointment your doctor or nurse says they’re stopping your diabetes medication, not increasing it again. It can happen – and does. 

Although it’s not possible to cure your diabetes, thousands of people in the UK are becoming part of a quiet revolution and achieving remission from their type 2 diabetes.

What is remission of diabetes?

If you have type 2 diabetes, remission means you can bring your blood glucose back to healthy levels* without needing to take any diabetes medication. This can have a dramatic impact not just on your diabetes but on your wider health and wellbeing.

Losing weight can help get your diabetes into remission. You’ll need to lose about 8-12kg in order to have the best chance of achieving remission.

We strongly recommend that you speak to your health team before following any of these approaches, particularly if you are on insulin, sulphonylureas (such as gliclazide) or SGLT-2 medication (drug names ending in gliflozin), or have complications such as heart or kidney problems.

*Remission is when your HbA1c is less than 48mmol/mol on 2 occasions, at least 6 months apart when you are not taking any diabetes medicines.