Podcast Episode 165: The Reality of Type 2 Diabetes Reversal & Remission – Megan Munoz

Nov 24, 2020


The Reality of Type 2 Diabetes Reversal & Remission

The road to type 2 diabetes remission or reversal is not as simple as eating better and exercising more. Improving outcomes in diabetes is a much more complex system. The reported rates of remission are often different from what the research actually says. In this podcast episode, we hear from a diabetes care and education expert on where the research stands on diabetes reversal, and what we can learn about diabetes management.

Of all the studies I’ve looked at on diabetes remission, this holds true: it doesn’t last. It’s fleeting.”

Tune in to this episode to learn about:

  • current research on diabetes remission
  • realities of long-term diabetes reversal
  • stigma of overweight and obesity
  • potential side effects of extreme diet and exercise measures
  • misconceptions about diabetes medications

Diabetes should be managed in the least invasive way possible so that people can do other things that are important to them and live a very fulfilled life.”

Megan Munoz, RN, MSN, CMSRN, CDES

The Reality of Type 2 Diabetes Reversal & Remission – Megan Munoz

Megan Muñoz is the creator and host of Type2andYou with Meg, the first podcast by a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist dedicated to people living with type 2 diabetes. Her passion to reduce diabetes stigma is evident in her podcasting, content contributions, and live presentations. Megan holds a master’s degree in nursing along with certifications in medical surgical nursing and diabetes care and education. She works with people living with all types of diabetes in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

As diabetes care and education specialists, our goal should be to reduce the burden of diabetes while improving or maintaining blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.”


The Reality of Type 2 Diabetes Reversal & Remission – Megan Munoz


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Joint International Consensus Statement for Ending Stigma of Obesity

Consensus Paper for T2D Reversal

DIRECT Study Results

Look Ahead Study (Diabetes Remission)

Study in Kaiser Health System

Minnesota Starvation Experiment (Brief Overview)

Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

Related Episodes:

Obesity Care & Body Positivity – Podcast Episode #142 with Ted Kyle

Diabetes & Heart Health: New Research on Lean Beef – Podcast Episode #154 with Dr. Kevin Maki

Diabetes Self Care Behaviors: An Update – Podcast Episode #147 with Molly McElwee-Malloy

Prediabetes: Risks, Reversal & Lifestyle Reset – Podcast Episode #125 with Jill Weisenberger

Refined Grains & Diabetes – Guilt By Association? – Podcast Episode #120 with Dr. Glenn Gaesser

Decreasing the Cultural Distance in Diabetes – Podcast Episode #114 with Constance Brown-Riggs




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  1. Linda Gigliotti, MS, RDN, CDCES, CSOWM on December 8, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you for addressing the progressive nature of Type 2 diabetes and your frank discussion of longterm management that must be tailored to the individual client. I certainly agree that the terms reversal or remission are sensational and misleading to the client.
    I am concerned that intensive weight interventions were downplayed and disregarded as potential tools in one’s toolbox. An 800 calorie regimen cannot be discussed in the same sentence as a 1500 calorie regimen. The structured LCD (low calorie diet), initiated under medical supervision, ideally with an interdisciplinary team, is an effective intervention which allows clients to lower serum glucose, reduce diabetes medications, psychologically experience success and “regroup” to manage their chronic disease. It does not erase the diagnosis of diabetes; it simply allows the client to be in a better place to work on all the other lifestyle behaviors to manage long term.

    • Melissa Dobbins on December 8, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you Linda,
      I think our discussion focused on making sure that the diet is not too restrictive or unreasonable for someone to follow long term. Certainly an individualized approach is necessary and diet intervention is indeed a crucial part of diabetes management.
      Thanks so much for listening and commenting!

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