Getting started with type 2
To use blood glucose (blood sugar) as energy, your body uses insulin. But with type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin, use it well, or both—and your body’s cells can’t use blood glucose for the energy it needs. When blood glucose isn't used and your blood glucose levels rise, it can cause serious problems.
Medication is an important part of managing type 2 diabetes. Work with your doctor to see what medications fit into your diabetes management plan to help reach your target range. Here are a few questions about your medications you can ask your doctor, pharmacist, or diabetes care and education specialist:
- How much do I take?
- How often should I take it, and when?
- Should I take my medication on an empty stomach or with food?
- What if I forget to take my medication and remember later?
- What side effects could I have?
- What should I do if I have side effects?
- Will this medication cause a problem with any of my other medications?
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Living with type 1
If you have type 1 diabetes, it means that your pancreas does not produce insulin. It requires monitoring your blood glucose and administering multiple daily insulin injections with a pen, syringe, or a pump.
If you’ve just learned you have type 1 diabetes, know that you have an array of tools at your disposal to help you manage it. Finding ways to manage your blood glucose levels, your insulin intake, diet and exercise, and working with your diabetes care team, can help you feel healthier and help you stay on top of your condition.
Remember, millions of people live healthy lives with type 1. Find others with type 1 and ask them what they do to stay healthy. You may be curious about an insulin pump, and find someone who uses one. You can get tips and tricks that will make life just a little bit easier.
The important thing is to share your feelings with those around you and don’t hold back from asking for help. Reaching out is key to living a vital life with type 1 diabetes.
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