Non-insulin based diabetes treatments
Information about non-insulin based diabetes treatments, non-insulin medicines and what to do if you take the wrong type of medicine can be found on this page.
There are many types of medicines used to treat diabetes. The specific medicine will depend on the type of diabetes, as well as the state of your general health. Find out more about insulin, metformin, sulphonylureas and other medications.
Trusted information about non-insulin devices and tips on how they should be used correctly.
Metformin is a medicine that is commonly prescribed for managing type 2 diabetes. To get metformin, you need to have a prescription written for you by your doctor. Find out more about metformin on this page.
Stay safe while flying with diabetes
If you live with diabetes and travel by plane, forward preparation is crucial. Use these tips on meals, insulin and emergency planning so you arrive safely.
Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar)
Hypoglycaemia, or a ‘hypo’, is having too little glucose (sugar) in your blood (below 4 mmol/L). Find out what to do to prevent hypoglycaemia and how to help someone with signs of hypoglycaemia.
Hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar)
Hyperglycaemia is having too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. Find out more about the effects of hyperglycaemia and steps to take when your blood sugar level is higher than it should be.
There are many different types of insulin delivery devices available including insulin pens, insulin pumps, insulin jets and syringes. Learn tips on how to use them from a trusted source.
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use it well. Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed.
Diabetes mellitus, type 1 – a personal story
Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes can be both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often reassuring and can be helpful. This video interview has been sourced from healthtalkonline.org, award-winning research into patient experiences in conjunction with the Health Experience Research Group at Oxford University, UK.