Sepsis and Diabetes
What Is the Treatment for Diabetes?
Diabetes can’t be cured, it can only be managed. If you have type 1 diabetes, the only way to manage your blood glucose levels is by monitoring them and injecting yourself daily with insulin. This can be done by injection once or more times per day or with a pump that provides you with a constant flow of insulin, in very tiny amounts, designed to keep your blood glucose levels constant.
Along with taking daily insulin, you must follow a diabetic diet, which is calculated for you depending on your size, age, activity level, and so on.
Type 2 diabetes is generally first treated with oral medications (pills) to help your body metabolize the glucose in your system. That, along with diet and exercise, may be enough to manage your diabetes. However, for some people, this isn’t enough and they may have to take insulin. There are some studies that are suggesting that people with type 2 diabetes should start taking insulin earlier rather than later.
Depending on the severity of the type 2 diabetes, it is possible for some people to improve their overall health enough to be able to stop taking medications. If they lose weight, get their blood pressure and cholesterol under control, this could be possible – however, they would have to work hard at maintaining this because it is not a cure, it is management.
Updated August 2015.