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Diabetes treatments

There are a number of treatments available to help you manage and control your diabetes. Everybody is different, so treatment will vary depending on your own individual needs.

If you have Type 1 diabetes, you will need to treat the condition with insulin, whereas if you have Type 2, you may initially be able to manage your condition with diet and exercise.

Your GP or a healthcare professional can help you find the right treatment to suit you and your lifestyle.

Tablets and medication

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, and over time you may need medication to help manage your blood sugar levels.

Find out more about diabetes tablets and medication.


Everyone with Type 1 diabetes, and some people with Type 2 diabetes, need to take insulin to control blood sugar levels (also called blood glucose levels).

Find out more about insulin.

Insulin pumps

An alternative to injecting with a pen, an insulin pump can help improve diabetes control and give you more flexibility when managing the condition.

Find out more about insulin pumps.

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.

Find out more about islet cell transplants.

Weight loss surgery

For many years, a variety of obesity surgery procedures applied to the stomach or intestine have been used as a method of losing weight. Recently, various studies have found that this can help to put Type 2 diabetes into remission.

Find out more about weight loss surgery.

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