Is there a cure for diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that will remain with a person for life. With that said diabetics do have many treatment options and need to think of their treatment as a management of the illness and understand that it can get worse if untreated. Treatment of diabetes is done through supplementing insulin. Insulin can be administered as a pill or as an injection dependant of the type and severity of a person’s diabetes.
There is no lasting cure for diabetes.
- Insulin or pills are most diabetics’ form of treatment and some use both.
- Type 1 Diabetes - impedes the production of their own insulin, so it is essential that as treatment a type 1 diabetic take daily insulin shots.
- Type 2 Diabetes - produces insulin, but is not able to use it resourcefully. Medications assist in the treatment of type 2 diabetics to maintain a normal blood sugar level. Consequently, about 40 percent of people with type 2 diabetes use both insulin shots in addition to the medication to get a better handle on their blood sugar as an ongoing treatment.
- Finding the right type of insulin for treatment, the following specifications are important to know:
- Brand name
- Concentration (i.e. U-100 )
* Never change insulin therapy or change the specifications of insulin unless directed by your physician and remember taking insulin is not a cure for diabetes.
- Check the expiration date, before buying and always discard if expiration date has past.
- Concentration of insulin and syringe will always be the same.
- Insulin cannot be frozen.
- Insulin should be refrigerated, if for some reason it can’t be refrigerated, keep it cool dark area.
- Do not shake insulin robustly.
- If traveling, insulin should be kept in an insulated travel bag
- Decide a spot on the body, where your shots will be given, to keep tissues healthy, choose a different site for each shot, so that you are not always using the same spot every day to administer your treatments.
- Before moving to another site on the body use all sites within that spot before you move onto a different area
- Maintain an insulin routine.
- Insulin intake should be balanced out with the food consumed and exercise.
- Log all insulin intakes.
Diabetes pills vs. insulin.
- Diabetes pills can decrease or stabilize blood sugars, but do not cure diabetes:
- Promote insulin production in the pancreas
- Improve the utilization of the insulin, that the body already has
- Impede the liver from making extra sugar
- Limiting the amount of sugar that can be absorbed by the intestines