Treatments for Diabetes

treatments for diabetesDiabetes is a disease that does not have a cure, however with the right management of your daily activities, diet and exercise it can be maintained. There are many cases where someone that is diabetic may not even need to take medication for the illness but there are many factors that the doctor will take into consideration for a treatment plan. These include medical history, age, the current state of your health, the type of diabetes you have been diagnosed with, allergies and tolerance to medications, the progression of the diabetes, the processes and how you feel about the entire course of action. A positive attitude is always important for successful treatment.

In considering medications that you can take for your diabetes, there is insulin as well as oral medication that you may be able to take. The type and amount of medicine that you might need is going to depend upon the type of diabetes that you have and the diagnosis that was made. Not everyone is the same when it comes to the levels of blood sugar so you may know someone that takes insulin and another that does not require any medication at all. Many factors, including the progress of the disease, are going to make a big difference about whether you take medicine or not.

For someone that is prescribed insulin it is because the pancreas is not producing enough of it for the body to use as energy. The only way to take insulin is through injection and there are several different types which all work in different ways. These are described as rapid-acting, short-acting, long-acting and intermediate options. Because each type works in a different way it is possible that you may need to take more than one type at certain times of the day. Monitoring your glucose levels several times throughout the day will help you to know if certain things affect your levels more than others including certain foods, stressors and situations. You will learn how to adjust your medications accordingly to stay healthy.

One of the most effective ways of maintaining good health with diabetes is to pay attention to your diet. You may hear that a “diabetic diet” is the best way to go. However, everyone is different and it is possible that although one type of food has a bad effect for one person it does not mean that you will not be able to eat it. Checking your levels after you eat will help you and your doctor to better decide on a diet that is best for you and your situation for the right foods.

Another crucial part in your treatment plan is the right amount of exercise. It is usually highly recommended to get at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week, although this can vary for each individual. For those that are diabetic and for whom the disease is not responding to treatment or medication, a last resort could be a pancreas transplant but is not considered unless necessary.

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