If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, then the next step is to work with your doctor to develop an appropriate treatment plan. Depending on the type of diabetes that you have, a combination of regular blood sugar monitoring, changes in lifestyle, and/or insulin and oral medications may be prescribed. Some of the most common ways to address diabetes include:
Insulin injections. Because stomach enzymes interfere with the action of insulin, it can’t be taken orally. For this reason, insulin is usually injected using a fine needle and syringe or an insulin pen, which is an injection device that resembles a large ink pen.
Insulin pumps. Approximately the size of a cellphone, this device is worn on the outside of your body with a tube that connects the insulin reservoir to a catheter inserted under the skin of your abdomen. There is also a tubeless pump that uses wireless technology to program specific amounts of insulin to dispense. This amount may need to be adjusted to deliver more or less insulin depending on meals, activity level, and current blood sugar level.
Even with careful management, your blood sugar levels can change unpredictably. You will need to learn how your own blood sugar changes in response to specific foods, physical activity, medications, illnesses, alcohol, stress, and, for women, fluctuations in hormone levels. Even if you focus on eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly, you will need to remain diligent, as serious problems – and even death – can come from improperly treated diabetes. If you have just been diagnosed or are caring for someone with diabetes, you may want to seek out support services, or consider in-home care services. The caring, professional team at Specialty Care Services is ready to help you!