Diabetes Treatment - Which Treatments are Effective

By: Dr John Anne

Diabetes is a disease that is the result of your body not producing enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by your body that helps to turn sugars into energy. The symptoms of diabetes are increased thirst, increased urination, constant hunger, weight loss, irritability, blurred vision, and fatigue. While each symptom alone is harmless, the combination of symptoms could mean that you have diabetes. And, if left untreated, diabetes can become a serious illness and can put you at a higher risk for other, more serious illnesses, such as heart disease and stroke.

Before you begin treatment for any disease or illness, you should see your physician so that you can be sure you are treating the correct illness. There are a series of tests that your physician can perform in order to make a diagnosis of diabetes.

Types of Diabetes Treatments

There are several types of diabetes treatments including medicines, insulin treatments, surgery, alternative treatments, and lifestyle changes. The most important diabetes treatment will be changes in your lifestyle – eating healthy and exercising. A change in your lifestyle should work hand-in-hand with other diabetes treatments to get the most benefit from the treatments.

If your doctor recommends medications for treatment of your diabetes, you should discuss with him/her the potential side effects of the medications and the potential interactions with other medications you may be taking and potential interactions with foods. Many people choose not to take the risks that are involved with some medications and choose to use alternative treatments. You should discuss your choices with your physician and come up with a diabetes treatment that will work for you.

Treating Diabetes with Medicines

Some of the types of medications used to treat diabetes include the following:

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