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Diabetes Treatments Reviewed

Monday, February 20, 2017 04:51

 What Treatment Works? What does Not?

 

Consumer Health Reports has reviewed over 100 of the top selling treatments for Diabetes conditions and based the products on these important criterias: Effectiveness, Value, Quality, Safety, Reorder Rates, Customer Service

Consumer Health Reports has conducted research on many of the different Diabetes treatments online and over-the-counter. Below is an overview based on the results of this research. Of the 100 Diabetes treatments, we found only 3 products that are effective and would recommend. We have taken the confusion out of the shopping experience by narrowing your search to the elite products in the industry. Here is our researched list of products:

 

Top 3 Diabetes Treatments

 
Glipizide  

Diabetes is a common but often difficult to control chronic illness. It occurs when the body is unable to maintain a balanced level of sugar in the blood. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body is unable to produce insulin, while Type 2 diabetes means that the body cannot adequately use the insulin that is produced.

Most doctors prefer to treat diabetes with the least invasive methods that are effective. Therefore, if you have Type 2 diabetes, your doctor will probably try to control it by changing your diet and exercise habits. If this is not sufficient to bring your diabetes under control, then he or she may prescribe oral medications. Glipizide is a very common oral diabetes treatment.

Glipizide stimulates the body to release additional insulin. It is very important to take Glipizide at the same time every day, in order to balance this insulin release. Glipizide can lead to hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, so it is important to closely monitor your blood sugar while taking this medication. Also consult with your doctor about emergency sugar sources such as glucose pills. It is always a good idea to carry emergency sugar with you while undergoing diabetes treatment.

Glipizide can interact with certain other medications, as well as with alcohol. Let your doctor know of any other medications you take, both prescription and over the counter. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding any new drugs, and discuss safe alcohol use with your doctor before imbibing.

Glipizide is not right for those with certain underlying medical conditions. Only your doctor can decide whether it is the right choice for you.

 
Insulin  

Diabetes is a chronic illness in which the body does not properly convert blood sugar to energy. In Type 1 diabetes, the problem is that the body does not create enough insulin. In Type 2 diabetes, the body does not properly process the insulin that is produced.

For both types of diabetes, insulin injections can be used to replace the missing insulin. Most doctors prefer to try other solutions first, including dietary changes and oral medications, as insulin can have a powerful effect on the body. However, millions of people are on insulin with no ill effects.

There are several different types of insulin, which are categorized according to how quickly they work and how long they have an effect. The type that is prescribed to you will depend on the type of diabetes you have and how stable it is, as well as your lifestyle and ability to inject your medication on a particular schedule.

You may be prescribed more than one type of insulin, particularly if your diabetes is difficult to control. Rapid-acting insulin takes effect within 15-30 minutes and is often taken just before meals. Other categories include short-acting, intermediate-acting and long-acting. You may also be prescribed a premixed insulin solution, in which intermediate-acting insulin and long-acting insulin are combined.

The goal of insulin therapy is to keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day. However, there is a real possibility of your blood sugar dropping to dangerously low levels. Talk to your doctor about the various glucose pills and other emergency sources of sugar. It is best to carry a source of emergency sugar with you at all times.

Only your doctor can decide whether insulin therapy is right for you. Many hospitals and community groups offer free or low-cost diabetes management classes, which will teach you how to monitor your blood sugar, manage your insulin and maintain your blood sugar at a safe and healthy level.

 
Metformin  

Diabetes is a complicated but very common chronic illness. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body is unable to produce insulin, while Type 2 develops when the body does not adequately use the insulin that is produced.

Most doctors prefer to treat diabetes with the least invasive methods possible. For Type 2 diabetes, this generally means diet and exercise. However, this is not always sufficient. If your diabetes cannot be fully controlled in this way, your doctor may choose to prescribe an oral medication.

Metformin is a common oral medication that is designed to smooth out blood sugar, combating the highs and lows that often occur. It stimulates your body’s use of insulin while decreasing the amount of sugar that is absorbed. It can have a dramatic effect on balancing blood sugar, but is not right for everyone.

Metformin carries the risk of lactic acidosis, a potentially dangerous condition. This risk is increased in those who have certain underlying illnesses as well as in the elderly. Therefore, it is important that you discuss your full medical history with your doctor before beginning treatment.

Like any medication, Metformin can interact with certain other medicines. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new drugs alongside Metformin. It can also have certain side effects, so be sure to tell your doctor if you experience any unusual symptoms.

Metformin is a powerful blood sugar stabilizer, but is not right for everyone. Only your doctor can determine how best to treat your diabetes.

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