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Type II Diabetes

Type I Diabetes
Prevention and Control

Type II Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes mellitus. This type of diabetes develops after the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Remember that insulin is necessary for cells to use sugar that provides them with energy. Type II Diabetes is non-insulin dependent and it has an adult onset. However, this does not imply that insulin will not be part of the treatment for diabetes. Also, other medications may be used before or along with insulin if the condition gets worse.


In treating Type II Diabetes, the following is recommended:

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  • Diet and Exercise - Following a diet strict on carbohydrates to control sugar (glucose) levels will be essential. An exercise routing should be followed along with a diet, for it helps control glucose build up and helps with weight management. Diet and Exercise will be KEY in controlling Type II Diabetes in order to prevent further complications that can arise from the disease.
  • Medication - Oral hypoglycemic agents will be prescribed as needed. If hypoglycemic agents are not enough to lower glucose levels, then a combination of agents and insulin will be administered, starting with nightly insulin doses.
  • Testing - There are several tests that are given to monitor diabetes. WebMd has a list of possible tests.

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