Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes

The goal of diabetes treatment is to maintain blood sugar levels within a healthy range. By doing so, you will feel better on a daily basis and will help prevent or delay the complications of diabetes. Talk to your doctor about what a healthy blood sugar range is for you.

The four main components of treatment are:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Oral antidiabetes medications, insulin, Exenatide, or Pramlintide
  • Blood glucose monitoring

For detailed information on treatment, click on the following:

Lifestyle changes
Medications (including insulin and other hypoglycemic agents)
Alternative and complementary therapies
Other treatments

Currently, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.


American Diabetes Association website. Available at: . Accessed February 8, 2006.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Institutes of Health website. Available at: . Accessed February 8, 2006.

Last reviewed April 2007 by David Juan, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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