Treating type 2 diabetes

In the very early stages of type 2 diabetes or if you have pre-diabetes, your blood sugar levels can be controlled with lifestyle changes, including a healthier balanced diet, and regular physical activity. If the condition progresses, your doctor may recommend medication to help keep your blood sugar controlled. 


To begin with, non-insulin oral medication (pills) may be used, and if the condition develops further, you may progress onto other medications, including GLP-1 or insulin. You can find information about all of these here.

There are many different types of treatment available to best help you manage your diabetes. Not everyone will have exactly the same therapy because everyone’s diabetes is different. What is important is that your treatment helps you control your type 2 diabetes so that you can continue to enjoy life as usual.

Of course, the best point of contact to discuss diabetes treatments is your doctor, nurse or pharmacist, who will be able to give personalised recommendations to suit you and your lifestyle.