It is no mystery that diabetes is a seriously dangerous disease. It affects over three hundred million men, women, and children all over the world. To make matters worse, there is no cure for diabetes, however, there are a number of treatments for diabetes, and, in this article, I am going to be highlighting those treatments. When we talk about treatments for diabetes, we first have to identify the two most common types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. First, let’s talk about each briefly.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetics don’t produce insulin, and with insulin being a tool used by the body to carry sugar from the bloodstream into the cells to be used as energy by the body, this is, needless to say, is very serious issue.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetics do produce insulin but it is rejected by their bodies – a condition known as “insulin resistance.”
In either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, there is an issue with getting the sugar from the bloodstream and into the cells. With all that being said, let’s now look at the treatments available for these two types of diabetes.
Treatments for Type 1 Diabetes
Well, to start, since the bodies of type 1 diabetics do not produce insulin, these individuals need to take insulin injections every day all their lives. There is also the option of using an insulin pump. Diet and exercise are also important. Spreading carbs throughout the day, as opposed to having carb heavy meals, really helps to avoid spikes in blood sugar levels. When it comes to exercise, this is something that all of us should do, but this is especially true for diabetics because exercise helps the body to use insulin for effectively.
Treatments for Type 2 Diabetics
The treatments for type 2 diabetes is similar to type one, except that you may not need insulin injections. To elaborate on the ideas mentioned above, when it comes to diet, eating beans can really be helpful. Beans take longer to digest, and, as a result, they have more of a minimal impact on your overall blood sugar levels compared to foods that digest more quickly. Getting more than 6 hours of sleep has also been shown, according to the University of Buffalo at New York, to help maintain consistent blood sugar levels.
As you have probably noticed, the treatments methods for diabetes that I have mentioned have all been natural means to tackle diabetes and blood sugar levels, but there are of course medications that you can take as well. These meds are many, and your doctor can certainly help you to understand which ones to take for your particular situation.