Treating your diabetes

There are a number of treatments available to help you manage and control your diabetes. Alongside diabetes education courses, and making healthy lifestyle choices, these treatments can contribute to reducing your risk of diabetes complications, as well as help towards your general health and wellbeing. 

Everybody is different, so treatment will vary depending on your own individual needs and the circumstances of your condition.

  • Tablets and medication

    As well as making lifestyle changes, people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes often need additional medications to control their diabetes, blood pressure and blood fats.

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  • Insulin

    Everyone with Type 1 diabetes, and some people with Type 2 diabetes, will need to take insulin for life, as you need the hormone to control your blood sugar levels (also called blood glucose levels).

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  • Insulin pumps

    An insulin pump is a different way of delivering insulin, and can be used as an alternative to injections.

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  • Islet cell transplant

    If you have Type 1 diabetes, an islet cell transplant may be available to you, and could stop you experiencing severe hypos. 

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  • Bariatric surgery

    Studies have found that some weight loss surgery, such as bariatric surgery, has helped put Type 2 diabetes into remission. 

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  • Healthy, balanced diet

    Everybody should eat a balanced diet, whether they have diabetes or not. Eating too many high sugar, high fat foods can make you put on weight, which can affect your diabetes control. 

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  • Getting active

    Staying active is an important part of managing diabetes, and can also help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and improve mental health and overall wellbeing.

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