Diabetes Treatments

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Finding the right diabetes treatment for you can be difficult. This section is packed with research, information and reviews on the most common diabetes treatments, including oral medications, insulin, alternative treatments, diabetes diet plans and more. Read first-hand reviews from other people with diabetes about treatment side effects and benefits, and learn more about the latest diabetes treatment research.

Latest Diabetes Treatment Reviews

Insulin Glargine

Insulin Glargine best for Type 2 patients

Pros: Lasts longer than Detemir Very steady glucose lowering effect from 3 to over 24 hours after injection. Glucose lowering effect tends to be very consistent from day to day. May be taken any time of day (but at the same time of day). Useful as a supplement to existing basal insulin (from the pancreas) for Type 2 patients.

Cons: Type 1 basal (background) insulin need is not steady during the day. Basal need is higher in the early morning because of the Dawn Phenomenon, and lower in the afternoon because of increased activity while awake compared to sleep, so a carefully adapted NPH regimen, with a larger dose at bedtime than in the morning, covers this varying basal need better than Glargine.

Overall: Be sure to test any Basal Insulin regimen while fasting. Rather than just looking at BG in the morning, compare BG at bedtime with the morning, and the morning with afternoon (and afternoon with bedtime), to see if these readings remain the same WHILE NOT EATING AT ALL.

By TightControl

FreeStyle Lite Meter

Test strips and soft ware

Pros: I bought a CD and cable from ABBOTT co. and have used it for a long time, it will record what date month you place in it and you can print out your result and take to your Dr. My old meter Freestyle read glucose sugars in normal to high range.

Cons: My new meter is more confusing because it reads in A1C range, co pilot has also changed but still has grafts to use. I don't know how to convert the number back to sugar levels as it was. I have the freestyle lite model now.

Overall: Over all I will stay with Freestyle as other company's or Pharmacy's have tried to switch me to new talking meters,I don't need talk I see the numbers and the strips are fine also the lance poker is comfortable to use.

By Jim.manon@wdm.iowa.gov