When Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Fails, What’s Next?
For most people, type 2 diabetes changes over time — even for those who follow their treatment plan exactly as directed. As the disease progresses, your diabetes care team can help you adjust your treatment plan and manage your blood sugar levels. If a change is needed, your doctor may add new diabetes medications or suggest starting an insulin regimen. This doesn’t mean you did something wrong — shifting gears is a natural part of managing a changing chronic disease like type 2 diabetes. There are a number of factors that can contribute to a decline in blood sugar control, says Margaret Powers, PhD, RD, CDE, past-president of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association and a research scientist at the International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet Health Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When type 2 diabetes first develops, you may be insulin resistant, which means you make a lot of insulin but your body can’t use it effectively, Dr. Powers says. Then, over time, you make less insulin and become insulin deficient. “This is seen a lot, but it doesn’t happen overnight — it’s a gradual process,” says Powers. Other factors, including a significan Continue reading >>