Insulin and Non-Insulin Treatments for Comprehensive Diabetes Management in Rochester, MN

Those diagnosed with diabetes range widely in age, from children affected with type 1 diabetes to seniors struggling with a recent diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. For the seniors in our diabetes management program, there are several options for treatments, both insulin and non-insulin based. Comfort Health offers comprehensive care with our diabetes management in Rochester, MN, including treatment instruction, diabetes education, nutritional education, and more.


Insulin Treatments:

  1. Rapid-acting insulin begins to take effect within minutes of administration. It can last up to a couple hours, depending on the condition of the person treated
  2. Immediate-acting insulin needs 2-4 hours to take full effect, but the administered dose can stay active for up to 18 hours or longer, depending on the condition of the treated person
  3. Short-acting insulin is similar to rapid-acting insulin, but takes up to 30 minutes to become fully active. It lasts several hours longer than rapid-acting treatments, remaining effective for 3-6 hours
  4. Long-lasting insulin is widely accepted as a daily treatment for those affected with type 1 diabetes. A single dosage remains in full effect for 24 hours


Non-Insulin Treatments:

  1. Albiglutide is a synthetic version of GLP-1, a hormone with similar composition to glucagon. It is used to treat type 2 patients and allows the pancreas to release insulin after meals and limits the amount of glucagon hormones the body produces
  2. Dulagltide, also a GLP-1 drug, is injected once a week and pushes the body to move insulin in balanced allowances from the bloodstream to cells. This treatment slows digestion to allow for optimal sugar allocation
  3. Exenatide is another GLP-1 treatment and is taken as a shot twice a day. The effect on the body is similar to albiglutide, but it also promotes the release of stored sugar in the liver
  4. Liraglutide is yet another synthetic treatment designed to mirror the effects of GLP-1. It can be taken in combination with other treatments for symptoms of type 2 diabetes, and acts like other non-insulin treatments to slow digestion, promote the release of insulin in the pancreas, and move sugars from the bloodstream to the cells
  5. Pramlintide is a synthetic version of amylin, a natural hormone produced alongside insulin in the pancreas. When blood sugar rises, amylin and insulin production increases to harmful levels in those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Pramlintide regulates this spike in blood sugar for those with type 2, but it’s also proven effective for those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes


For more information about your or your loved one’s diabetes diagnosis and the care we provide with our program for diabetes management in Rochester, MN, contact Comfort Health at (507) 281-2332 today.

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