Different types of diabetes are treated in different ways. Some persons with diabetes can be managed with pills alone while others always require insulin. It may be helpful to view Types of Diabetes first.

Type 1 Diabetes

With this type of diabetes, insulin treatment is always needed.



All insulin treatments lower blood glucose but different types of insulin last for shorter or longer periods of time. Learn about how different types of insulin are used to treat diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes

With this type of diabetes, there may be several options for treatment including pills, injectable medications, or insulin.

Oral Medications

There are many oral medicines (pills) and non-insulin injections that lower blood glucose in Type 2 diabetes.

Medications for Associated Conditions

Many patients with diabetes also have hypertension or high cholesterol. Learn about the medicines used to treat these common conditions.

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