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    Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism -- the way our bodies use digested food for growth and energy. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.

    Treatment Overview

    How do you know if you have diabetes? Learn what's involved in the diagnosis.

     

    While there is no cure for diabetes, there are treatments, including simple things you can do daily, that make a big difference.

     

    Different doctors can help you manage different aspects of your diabetes. Find out who you need on your team.

     

    Insulin

    Insulin is a hormone that controls blood sugar. There are many types of insulin used to treat diabetes. Learn about the most common, side effects, storage tips, and more.

    Many forms of insulin treat diabetes, including rapid-acting, short-acting, intermediate-acting, long-acting, and pre-mixed. Learn which type is best for your diabetes.

    Has your doctor prescribed insulin to help manage your type 1 or type 2 diabetes? You’ll want to know how and when to take it, what side effects could happen, and what other changes you may need to make.

    Inhaled insulin is another option for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar. It works for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but you shouldn't use it if you smoke or have asthma or COPD.

    Non-Insulin Treatments

    Insulin isn't the only type of injectable diabetes medicine your doctor might prescribe for you. Learn about other injectable medications.

    When you think about diabetes drugs, you may think of insulin or other medications that you get from a shot or a pump. But there are others that you take as a pill or that you inhale.

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