There are a number of treatments available to help you manage and treat your diabetes. Everyone is different, so treatment will vary depending on your own individual needs.
If you have another type of diabetes, your treatment options may be different. Speak to your healthcare professional, or call our helpline if you’re not sure.
Your GP or a healthcare professional can help you find the right diabetes treatment plan to suit you and your lifestyle.
Everyone with Type 1 diabetes, and some people with Type 2 diabetes, need to take insulin to control their blood glucose (sugar) levels. If you need help injecting yourself, Emma can show you how in our video below.
Using an insulin pump can be a good alternative to injecting with an insulin pen. It can give you more flexibility when managing your diabetes. But you have to meet NICE guidelines to use an insulin pump.
This type of medication works by increasing the levels of hormones called incretins. These hormones help the body produce more insulin only when needed and reduce the amount of glucose (sugar) being produced by the liver when it’s not needed. You inject incretin mimetics yourself, and how often and your dose will be decided between you and your healthcare professional.
Islet cell transplant
If you have Type 1 diabetes, you may be able to get an islet cell transplant. This could stop you experiencing severe hypos. Get more information about islet cell transplants – what they are and how to access them.
Some medication stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin, such as sulphonylureas. Others may be prescribed to help you lose weight, if you need to.
If you need to take tablets to manage your diabetes, you and your doctor will decide which is best for you.
Weight loss surgery
There are lots of obesity surgery procedures to the stomach or intestine that you can get to help you lose weight. There have been lots of studies that have found that this can help to put Type 2 diabetes into remission.
Lots of people with Type 2 diabetes don’t take any medication, and they instead treat their diabetes by eating well and moving more, our latest research DiRECT has even shown that weight loss can put Type 2 diabetes into remission. We have loads of information and advice that will help you live a healthy life.