I was diagmosed in Feb this year, taking four shots a day to keep it under control at the time. Went real strict on my diet with help of hospital dietician, started walking 30 minutes every day and by May, doc took me off insulin and switched me to pills; I had lost 40 pounds and still had pancreas function. As of yesterday, I'm down 56 pounds and doc is trying to take me off pills too. I'm lifting and doing cardio exercise, still watching diet and hoping to see last of pills and sticking my fingers! Doc says if I keep up exercise and good diet, I may stay medecine free. Good luck to you OP and others; it's been a journey for sure.