Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes
The goal of diabetes treatment is to maintain blood sugar and HbA1c levels within a healthy range. By doing so, you will feel better on a daily basis and will help prevent or delay the complications associated with diabetes. Talk to your doctor about what a healthy blood sugar range is for you.
The four main components of treatment are:
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Oral antidiabetes medicines
For detailed information on treatment, click on the following:
Currently, there is increased interest in the use of bariatric surgery as a treatment for diabetes in people who are obese.
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