What is type 1 diabetes?
Understanding the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and recognizing the common symptoms of type 1 diabetes.
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Insulin is the most common treatment for type 1 diabetes. Without it, people with type 1 diabetes wouldn’t survive. Insulin treatment aims to get as close as possible to the natural insulin response of someone without diabetes. This can help people with type 1 diabetes keep insulin levels balanced and maintain healthy blood sugar levels, which is important to avoid damage to health later in life.
There are several types of insulin treatments available for type 1 diabetes. Speak to your doctor to discuss available treatment options to tailor your diabetes treatment to your specific needs and preferences.
Provides a constant, steady release of insulin throughout the day (intermediate or long acting).
Brings down spikes in blood sugar after eating
Combines two insulins in a single injection
Basal insulin treatment aims to match the constant, steady release of insulin in someone without diabetes. It keeps a low, consistent insulin level in your blood over an extended time to keep your blood sugar levels steady throughout the day, including between meals and when you sleep.
Basal insulin must get close to a natural insulin response. Too much or too little insulin can cause hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar) respectively.
Your blood sugar rises rapidly after eating, and sometimes, basal insulin treatment isn't enough to control these 'spikes'. Mealtime insulin (also called bolus insulin) treatment aims to bring down such spikes in blood sugar that can occur after eating. The closer that mealtime insulin treatment can get to the insulin response in someone without diabetes, the quicker it may be able to bring down these spikes.
There are different types of insulin available for managing mealtime spikes. The latest generation of ultra-fast acting mealtime insulins aims to close the gap between the speed of insulin treatment and the natural insulin response. As a result, they may improve control of mealtime blood sugar and offer greater flexibility and convenience with insulin dosing, mealtimes, and food choices. These benefits may reduce some of the guesswork in pre-meal dosing and provide greater blood sugar control for people with type 1 diabetes.
Another type of insulin treatment is premixed insulins. Premixed insulins combine two insulins in a single injection and aim to replicate the insulin production in the body of someone without diabetes when fasting (between meals and overnight) and after a meal.
Insulin needs to be taken by injection beneath the skin or by infusion with an insulin pump. Unlike GLP-1 RAs, insulin cannot be given as a tablet because the digestive system would break down the insulin in the stomach before it could start working.