Lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy and exercising, are a must. And when that's not enough, there are meds that can help.
To find out how to take first steps in controlling your diabetes, we asked for help from Lorena Alarcon-Casas Wright, M.D., director of the LatinX Diabetes Clinic at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.
One of the main recommendations, if not the strongest recommendation, is to maintain a healthy weight. In order to do that there are lifestyle modifications, such as eating a healthy diet, a balanced diet, and keeping ourselves active.
When that's not enough, because sometimes that happens, then medications that help our body be more responsive to insulin, the insulin that we produce, because that's one of the characteristics of type 2 diabetes,
insulin resistance. There are many medications to help with
There is also, of course, insulin. When diabetes is more advanced and the pancreas, our pancreas, isn't able to produce enough, then using insulin also is a treatment.