Taking insulin or other medications designed for diabetes can treat diabetes. Along with a change in lifestyle and physical activity, medication can help you manage the disease. Because the different types of diabetes are so different, treatment is also different.
Type 1 Diabetes
Patients with Type 1 Diabetes must take insulin because the body no longer produces it. You may need to take it several times a day, with or without meals. Some patients may benefit from an insulin pump, which delivers small doses throughout the day.
Type 2 Diabetes
Patients with Type 2 Diabetes can manage their disease by making healthy food choices and increasing their physical activity. Many patients with Type 2 may need medication as well. These medications may include insulin or metformin.
Mothers with Gestational Diabetes should try to control their blood sugar by making healthy lifestyle changes. If you cannot reach your blood sugar target, your healthcare team may talk to you about diabetes medication, such as insulin or metformin. These drugs are safe to take during pregnancy and will not harm the fetus.