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Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Information
Our team of healthcare professionals works with you to develop a personalized Type 2 diabetes care plan. Treatment often includes:
- Lifestyle changes. We will work with you to develop specific guidelines for exercise, weight management and nutritional therapy (diet). As part of an overall treatment plan, these steps can help you maintain normal or near-normal blood sugar levels.
- Medication. We use a variety of medications, alone or often in combination, to control your blood sugar. Our diabetes team works with you to develop a therapy plan to prevent high blood sugar as well as low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Several medications are available in pill form. If pills do not keep your blood sugar at or near normal levels, you may need insulin therapy. Insulin comes in long-, short- and intermediate-acting types, allowing us to tailor a regimen to your needs. Methods for administering insulin include syringes, insulin pens and insulin pumps.
- Diabetes education. Our diabetes professionals help you develop the knowledge and skills to manage your specific needs and achieve the best possible control of Type 2 diabetes. In addition to the patients we serve within IU Health, we receive many referrals from physicians throughout the community because of our team’s expertise. We provide both one-on-one and classroom-style sessions, and our educators occasionally go off-site for health fairs and other events. Topics of Type 2 diabetes education include monitoring your blood sugar level, treating low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), planning meals, taking your medication properly, traveling with diabetes, managing sick days and avoiding long-term health problems. Because diabetes affects not only patients, but entire families, we offer a wide variety of educational services for family members as well.
- Blood glucose monitoring. Checking your blood sugar level regularly is important to controlling diabetes and avoiding the health problems it can cause. Our diabetes care team works with you to develop a monitoring plan based on your needs. Methods include conventional home glucose monitors as well as newer approaches, such as continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). CGM uses a sensor placed under the skin to check blood sugar levels in real time. We use advanced technology whenever possible to help you achieve the best possible glucose control.
- Bariatric surgery. If you are morbidly obese, one of several bariatric surgeries may help you lose weight. Gastric band surgery, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy are options. Patients can often reduce their use of oral diabetes medications after losing about 30 pounds. Most IU Health bariatric surgery patients are able to stop taking oral medications as they lose more weight.
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Type 2 Diabetes Support Services
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