Treatment For Diabetes – Options Discussed

Introduction

If you’ve just been diagnosed with Diabetes then you’ll most likely be tired and sleepy all the time. You’ll be suffering from constant fatigue and you’ll be desperate for your situation to improve. You’ll also be shocked. It can be difficult to take in especially as Diabetes is a condition that will be with you for the rest of your life. But, bear with me for 10 minutes while you read this article. Because you’re going to hear the details about Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2, as well the treatment for both types of Diabetes. So take a few deep breaths and dive in. The road to recovery starts right here.

Insulin 101 – The Key To Your Cells

You’ve got to know what insulin is because it’s what the treatment for Diabetes revolves around and it’s central to your condition. Think of Insulin as a Key. Oxygen is carried by Iron down the bloodstream where it meets Sugar or Glucose as we in the medical profession call it. They combine to create energy. But that’s only the first part of the process. Insulin is created by your body and released into the bloodstream and its job is to unlock the doors of your Cells so that they can take that energy in. Without Insulin your cells get very little energy and so you’re constantly tired. To stop tiredness and stop fatigue then you’re going to need that Key.

Type 1

10% of Diabetes sufferers have this. It destroys the Cells in your body whose job it is to create your Insulin. So pretty soon you’ll be creating no Insulin at all. Meaning you’ll have no energy. All that vital Sugar goes unused and it will be wasted. Literally. When you go to the toilet your body will get rid of it.

Type 2

90% of people with Diabetes have this type. Unlike with Type 1 Diabetes, your body has Insulin. No problems there. No manufacturing issue. The Cells creating Insulin are fine. If you asked them, they’d say everything is going incredibly well. But despite this, your body can’t use the Insulin in the correct way. So this is more of an end-user problem and we call it Insulin Resistance. Since your body can’t use the Insulin it created, your blood Sugar rises and so you have fatigue.

Treatments

The treatment for Diabetes starts out the roughly same for Type 1 and Type 2 sufferers. Firstly you’ll be given a Low Glycemic Diet and you’ll be asked to Exercise. The Glycemic Index is a scale measuring how different foods raise your blood Sugar. For your Diabetes you want to avoid like the Plague, foods that raise blood Sugar quickly. These are High Glycemic foods. Low Glycemic foods will stabilize your blood Sugar and these are typically foods that contain a lot of Fibre.

Next you’ll exercise once a day. It doesn’t have to be anything major. You’re not being asked to do 10 times around the track. But, 15 minutes of exercise a day will help stabilize your blood sugar.

For the Type 1 patients only.

There’s one extra thing you need to do. Since your body isn’t making any, you’ll need to be injected with Insulin. You can do this by placing a needle into your Arms, Legs, Buttocks, Stomach and Thigh. Not the friendliest treatment for Diabetes if you’re squeamish. But, it’s vital because without Insulin your constant tiredness will continue to get worse. To stop tiredness and stop fatigue you need the needle. If you can’t face the prospect putting a needle full of Insulin inside yourself, then you could use a pump. The pump is attached to container holding Insulin. It’ll put the needle in for you.

Type 1 Sufferers Can Breathe Again.

Yes, for you the treatment was much simpler. your body had no problems using Insulin. It had a problem making it. Once you’ve been injecting Insulin for a few weeks your levels will stabilize and your body will be using that Insulin to take energy into Cells. You’re not cured. You’ll always have Diabetes Type 1. But it should be controlled now.

Type 2 folks listen up.

So, you’re doing your exercise and you’ve gone on that Low Glycemic Diet. It should have helped a little, but it’s just the start in your case. You’ll need to now choose a medication. Because after all, your body still can’t use the Insulin you’re making, despite your efforts. So your blood sugar is probably still jumping up and down as your body tries to figure out what to do with all that Sugar it has no way getting into Cells. So you’re still tired and sleepy all the time.

You Need Medication

Sulphonylureas

Try saying that three times. On second thoughts don’t because what you really need to understand is why it’s a recommended treatment for Diabetes. After a while it’ll stop your constant tiredness and relieve all of your other symptoms. Basically it helps your body make more Insulin, and it helps your body use that Insulin better. In other words you’re teaching your body how to correctly make use of Insulin.

Metformin

As a type 2 sufferer you’ve got high Sugar levels because your body isn’t able to use Insulin to unlock your Cells. Without that Key to unlocking your Cells the Sugar just sits there in the bloodstream. Which ruins your sleep making you fatigued. Metformin as a treatment for Diabetes stabilizes your Sugar levels at the same time as helping you to respond to Insulin. So unlike Sulphonylureas, Metformin does not create more Insulin, it just teaches you to use it better and balances out your Sugar levels. It’s the best treatment for Diabetes and the most popular one.

DPP-4 Inhibitors – Assassinating the Assassin

These are a class of drugs which include: Januvia, Galvus, Onglyza and Tradjenta. If Metformin and Sulphonylureas fail to make an impact on your use of Insulin and your Sugars levels then these will be recommended. DPP-4 Inhibitors prevent the Enzymes in your body from killing Incretins. What are Incretins? Incretins help produce Insulin and if these guys aren’t dead then they’re alive. They’re alive and creating Insulin for your body. You need all the Insulin you can get since your body doesn’t know what do to do with it. Pretty soon with these Incretins alive, you’ll have lots more Insulin at critical times, and your body will learn how to use it better. DPP-4 Inhibitors by assassinating the Enzymes that kill Incretins, will also stabilize your blood Sugar.

Thiazolidine

This medication is used in the treatment of Diabetes to improve your resistance to Insulin. They do it indirectly. Your body itself doesn’t change, but rather the Insulin it’s producing becomes more sensitive so your body can use it easier. This medication also preserves Cells that produce Insulin. Think of it this way. The Insulin your had before was a Ford. Now it’s a BMW.

Final Thoughts

For those of you with Type 1 Diabetes you’re in luck. The treatment for Diabetes is much simpler than for those with type 2. Your body doesn’t produce Insulin. The lights are on but no Insulin is home. So you need a Diet, plus Exercise and Insulin Injections. Once you’ve got the Insulin you need you should be fine. For those of you with Type 2 Diabetes it’s a more complex situation. Diet and Exercise usually aren’t enough and there’s no point in getting Insulin injections because you already make enough. Your body just doesn’t know what to do with it. So you’ll need medication and I’ve listed the main kinds of medication you can get. My advice is to persevere with these until you find the right one. There’s no right answer,. What’s right for you could be the wrong medication for someone else. But, the good news is that once you’ve found what you need, your Type 2 Diabetes will be controlled.

Thank you for reading.