There are many things to think about when seeking treatment for diabetes. Making an appointment with a health care professional is the best place to get questions answered and start a treatment plan. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), here are the treatment categories suggested by the American Diabetes Association to get started:
- Blood glucose
- Doctors, nurses and more
- Oral health and hygiene
- High risk populations
- Clinical trials
- How to plan before you travel
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are more than 20 types of insulin sold in the United States. They differ in how the insulin was made, how they work in the body, and in cost. A physician can find the right insulin for health needs and lifestyles. Type 1 diabetics do not produce insulin, while type 2 diabetics do not use insulin properly. Some type 2 diabetics can manage their diabetes with healthy eating and exercise, while type 1 diabetics must use insulin, according to the American Diabetes Association.
Oral medications for diabetes are for type 2 diabetics only. Type 1 diabetics must use insulin. According to the American Diabetes Association, the chances that diabetes pills will work are low if you have had diabetes for more than 10 years or already take more than 20 units of insulin each day. On the other hand, your chances are good if you developed diabetes recently or have needed little or no insulin to keep your blood glucose levels near normal. Oral medication for diabetes sometimes stops working after a few months or years but it is unknown why. Oral combination therapy can help if this is a problem.
Visit the American Diabetes Association website for an in-depth look at treatment and care for diabetics.