If you have been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, it is not the end of the world. Diabetes is a serious threat to health and wellbeing. Untamed, it can rob you of every one of the natural physical pleasures of life; but it doesn’t have to. Here are some facts and tips worth knowing. On average, at the time of diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, most people have already had the condition or pre-condition for 6 to 10 years! But, the sooner you know, the greater the chance it can be reversed.