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What are the treatments for diabetes?

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There are two main types of treatment for diabetes:

  • Lifestyle changes—These include changing your diet to something healthier and improving your exercise/activity level. More information on lifestyle changes to control diabetes can be found at the National Diabetes Education Program.
  • Medication—Oral medicines and sometimes injections with insulin may be used. For more information on medications to control diabetes, visit the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse and the National Diabetes Education Program provide detailed patient information about type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including specific information about treatments.

The NICHD offers some general information about managing gestational diabetes. This information should not replace the advice and care from a health care provider.


Last Updated Date: 10/23/2013
Last Reviewed Date: 09/17/2013