Diabetes Medication

Medical treatment for diabetes

Diabetes treatment can be easily maintained with the right diabetes medication. Of course, this medication depends on the type of diabetes you have, but your lifestyle can also play a big part. In some cases it's possible to control diabetes without medication, but if your doctor recommends a medicated diabetes therapy, it's important to follow the plan they set out for you.

Diabetes control is a team effort, involving yourself and your doctors, nurses and nutritionists who can help you make the most of every day. For many people, especially those with type 2 diabetes, medication in the form of a pill is used to complement changes to lifestyle and diet.

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Types of Diabetes Medication

Type 1 diabetics will have to make regular use of injected insulin, often taking several doses a day to counteract the carbohydrates in the food they eat. Type 2 diabetics may be able to manage blood sugar daily by simply watching their diet and increasing their level of exercise, however, some will find that the use of medication makes the maintenance of their blood sugar much easier.

Type 2 diabetics either lack the ability to produce insulin, or their bodies have trouble reacting to the insulin that is generated. Most type 2 diabetics will use pills to help manage their blood sugar; however, these pills aren't the same type of medication that a type 1 diabetic would take. While type 1 diabetics will inject themselves with insulin, type 2 diabetics take pills that are designed to either increase levels of insulin production, or encourage the body to work with the insulin that's being produced.

Treatment for Diabetes

It's very important to work closely with your doctor as you figure out the right combination of medication and lifestyle changes that will help your body regulate its blood sugar. Your blood sugar isn't only affected by the food you eat: it's also under the influence of your daily activities, your level of body fat, your cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as outside forces such as stress levels and even weather. That means you have to closely monitor your blood sugar and use your medications properly to address any changes. Regular consultation with your doctor is necessary.