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Shvoong Home>Arts & Humanities>Diabetes Treatment - Which Treatments are Effective Summary

Diabetes Treatment - Which Treatments are Effective

Article Summary   by:karengandah     Original Author: Dr John anne
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Diabetes is a disease that is the result of your body not producing
enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by your body that helps
to turn sugars into energy. The symptoms of diabetes are increased
thirst, increased urination, constant hunger, weight loss,
irritability, blurred vision, and fatigue. While each symptom alone is
harmless, the combination of symptoms could mean that you have
diabetes. And, if left untreated, diabetes can become a serious illness
and can put you at a higher risk for other, more serious illnesses,
such as heart disease and stroke.
Before you begin treatment for any disease or illness, you
should see your physician so that you can be sure you are treating the
correct illness. There are a series of tests that your physician can
perform in order to make a diagnosis of diabetes.
Types of Diabetes Treatments
There are several types of diabetes treatments including
medicines, insulin treatments, surgery, alternative treatments, and
lifestyle changes. The most important diabetes treatment will be
changes in your lifestyle - eating healthy and exercising. A change in
your lifestyle should work hand-in-hand with other diabetes treatments to get the most benefit from the treatments.
If your doctor recommends medications for treatment of your
diabetes, you should discuss with him/her the potential side effects of
the medications and the potential interactions with other medications
you may be taking and potential interactions with foods. Many people
choose not to take the risks that are involved with some medications
and choose to use alternative treatments. You should discuss your
choices with your physician and come up with a diabetes treatment that will work for you.
Treating Diabetes with Medicines
Some of the types of medications used to treat diabetes include the following: Medicines that are used to decrease the amount of glucose the liver producesSulfonylureas - medicines used to increase the output of insulinSymlin and Byetta - medicines that have an effect on glycemic controlDPP-IV inhibitorsMedicines used to decrease the amount of carbohydrates absorbed by the intestinesMeglitinides
Some forms of insulin treatment are:
Injected by needlePre-filled pens Insulin PumpInhaled Insulin
Treating Diabetes Naturally
Many people choose to avoid the risks associated with
medications. There are natural treatments for diabetes. You should
discuss with your physician so that you can come up with a natural diabetes treatment that is right for you. Some natural diabetes treatments include: Cinnamon GinsengMagnesiumChromiumAloe Vera Gel Zinc
The Most Important Diabetes Treatment
The most important aspect of your diabetes treatment,
whether you choose to treat your diabetes with medications or whether
you choose to treat your diabetes more naturally is a healthy diet and
exercise. Beginning a healthy diet early in life can help you to avoid
many illnesses and diseases that are associated with your body''s
digestive system, immune system, and your body''s overall performance.
While some diseases are hereditary and a healthy diet may not
prevent them, a healthy diet can delay the onset of the disease. You
should begin at an early age to eat a diet that includes fresh fruits
and vegetables, fiber, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Eat regular meals as
close to the same time each day as possible. Be sure you have plenty of
time to eat your meal so that you can chew your food sufficiently.
A daily exercise regimen is also important for your overall
health and will help you prevent or delay the onset of many illnesses
and diseases. By adhering to a regular exercise regimen, you are
keeping your body in good working condition - and should the onset of
an illness or disease occur, your body would be better able to fight
the illness. So, the best plan of action should you be diagnosed with
diabetes is a healthy diet and exse combined with the diabetes treatment that you and your physician feel is right for you.
Published: October 06, 2007   
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