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Diabetes Treatments

The type of diabetes treatment that you will be prescribed will differ according to the type of diabetes with which you have been diagnosed. If you have Type 1 diabetes, you will likely need to begin a course of insulin treatment. This diabetes treatment page will focus on treatments for Type 2 diabetes. We advise that you discuss your options with your doctor before making any medical decisions relating to diabetes treatment

Other prescription diabetes treatments

Alpha glucosidase inhibitors are tablets that reduce the rate at which the intestines absorb glucose from the food you consume.

DPP-4 inhibitors are new oral medications that target the enzyme DPP-4 to stop it from destroying the hormone incretin. Incretin is vital for insulin production.

Glitazones improve insulin sensitivity in your body and reduce insulin resistance.

Prandial glucose regulators come in tablet form and stimulate the production of insulin by the pancreas cells.

Sulphonylureas are tablets that promote insulin production in the pancreas and increase the body's effective response to the hormone that is produced.

Changes to lifestyle

Those who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes will initially be advised to make a number of lifestyle modifications, if they are deemed necessary. This is because maintaining a healthy living standard is important in controlling Type 2 diabetes and preventing it from causing serious health problems to you. Consuming a balanced and healthy diet is important, as is being of a healthy weight. You should also exercise regularly. Making these changes can help to control your blood glucose levels and in turn manage the condition without you needing to take additional diabetes treatment measures.

Blood sugar level monitoring

Monitoring your blood sugar level regularly is essential when it comes to managing your diabetes. You will need to do this whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, but the frequency of the monitoring will differ from one individual to another, according to their diabetes treatment course and other factors. Blood sugar level monitoring can be done using a method like a finger prick blood test. Your doctor will discuss this process in detail with you. If you are in any way unsure about any element of blood sugar level monitoring you should speak to your doctor or a specialist who will be able to advise you further.

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