Even though type 1 diabetes (T1D) and diabetes during pregnancy are less common than type 2 diabetes (T2D), they still affect millions of Americans. The treatments for type 1 and gestational diabetes are quite different, but there is some common ground that patients should be aware of.
Read on for information on which types of treatment are available for each of these illnesses and what kind of questions you should ask your doctor when creating a diabetes management plan.
When it comes to type 1 and gestational diabetes, there are not as many hypoglycemic medication options as with regular type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, the main option that is available (taking insulin) is very effective at managing the illness.
Since people with type 1 diabetes do not make their own insulin, doctors usually focus on prescribing insulin and adjusting the dosage to meet the patient’s needs instead of giving the patient oral hypoglycemic medications like metformin.
The same is true about the treatment for diabetes while pregnant. Even though gestational diabetes is like type 2 diabetes, doctors often avoid prescribing oral antidiabetic medication if they can help it, although they sometimes make exceptions.