Diabetes Treatment Options

  WHY YOU MAY
NEED THEM
WHAT THEY DO

DIABETES PILLS

After diet and exercise,
oral medications are often the first type of treatment a doctor prescribes.

Diabetes pills can work in many different ways to:
Stimulate insulin production
Better sensitize your body to insulin
Help insulin work more efficiently
Slow the digestion of starch in the small intestine
Stimulate a hormone that improves your use of insulin

NON-INSULIN
INJECTABLE
MEDICATIONS

If pills and lifestyle changes aren't effective, adding other medications may help.

• GLP-1 medication helps your pancreas release the right amount of insulin. Synthetic hormones can help your body maintain normal sugar levels. These medications help some people lose weight.

INSULIN
INJECTIONS

Your doctor may
prescribe insulin to help
your body use glucose for energy.

• Long-acting insulin is taken once or twice a day and stays in your bloodstream longer.
• Short-acting insulin is taken around mealtime
and begins to work right away.

Type 1
Type 1 Basics
Causes & Risk Factors
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Healthcare Team

 

Type 2
Type 2 Basics
Causes & Risk Factors
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Healthcare Team

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Questions for Your Doctor
How to Ask Your Family for Support
Insulin Syringe Safety for Diabetics

 

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