Type 1 diabetes is not curable. Those with this disease generally must use insulin, injected or pumped, throughout their lifetime. Type 2 diabetes doesn’t go away, either. However, symptoms can be controlled, and some people with type 2 diabetes may be able to stop taking medications if they eat healthy foods, exercise, and control their weight to keep their blood sugar levels low. Routine checks of blood sugar levels are critical to maintain health for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with diabetes.