If you have type 1 diabetes, the answer is simply no. Taking insulin is a necessity because your body doesn’t make enough of the hormone.
If you have type 2 diabetes, the answer is more complicated. The first treatment your health care provider may offer is a combination of meal planning, exercise, and weight loss. Such steps can lower blood glucose. Sometimes the drop is enough to bring glucose levels down near the normal range. In that case, the lifestyle changes alone may be enough to manage your diabetes for a while.
Over time, however, that picture may change. When type 2 diabetes first starts, your pancreas is usually making plenty of insulin, but your body has trouble using it. As time goes on, your body may stop making enough insulin. At this point, medicine is required.
Nearly all people with type 2 diabetes eventually need medicine to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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