Diabetes cannot be cured, but treatment aims to keep your blood glucose levels as normal as possible and to control your symptoms to prevent health problems developing later in life. Successful treatment makes all the difference to long-term health, and achieving balanced diabetes treatment can be the key to living with type 1.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you’ll be referred for specialist treatment from a diabetes care team. Your care team will be able to explain your condition to you in detail and help you to understand your treatment. They will closely monitor your condition to identify any health problems that may occur.
As type 1 diabetes occurs because your body cannot produce any insulin, you will need to have regular insulin treatment for life to keep your glucose levels normal.
Insulin comes in several different preparations, each of which works slightly differently. For example, some last up to a whole day (long acting), some last up to eight hours (short acting) and some work quickly but do not last very long (rapid acting). Your treatment may include a combination of these different insulin preparations.
When treating diabetes, management strategies should be planned along with a qualified health care team. Never make changes to treatment schedule or management routine without consulting a medical professional, no matter what advice you are given elsewhere.