Endocrine disorders

Type 1 diabetes

(Type I diabetes)

  • Also known as
  • Diabetes mellitus type 1

About Type 1 diabetes

Diabetes means your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. With type 1 diabetes, your pancreas does not make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose get into your cells to give them energy. Without insulin, too much glucose stays in your blood. Over time, high blood glucose can lead to serious problems with your heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and gums and teeth.

Type 1 diabetes happens most often in children and young adults but can appear at any age.

Top Medications for Type 1 diabetes according to our users

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All Medications for Type 1 diabetes

  • Humalog
    (insulin lispro)
    Prescription only

    Humalog is a fast-acting insulin that provides meal-time sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Human Insulin
    Prescription only

    This form of insulin is one of the few medications in its class that you can get without a prescription, but it's expensive.

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    Men
    59%
    Women
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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
    • Inhaler
  • Lantus
    (insulin glargine)
    Prescription only

    Lantus (Insulin Glargine) is a long-acting insulin that provides all-day sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Levemir
    (insulin detemir)
    Prescription only

    Levemir is a long-acting insulin that provides all-day sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Novolog
    (insulin aspart)
    Prescription only

    Novolog is a fast-acting insulin that provides meal-time sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Toujeo
    (insulin glargine)
    Prescription only

    Toujeo (insulin glargine) is a concentrated long-actin insulin that allows you to inject higher doses at lower volume compared to other long-acting insulins like Lantus and Levemir.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Tresiba
    (insulin degludec)
    Prescription only

    Tresiba (insulin degludec) is a long-acting insulin you use once a day for all-day sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you can recognize the signs & symptoms and always have a source of sugar handy.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Diovan
    (valsartan)
    Prescription only

    Diovan (Valsartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Enalapril
    Prescription only

    Enalapril is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Losartan
    Prescription only

    Cozaar (Losartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • metformin
    Prescription only

    Glucophage (metformin) is the first choice medicine to control your blood sugar and lower the risk of death from diabetes, although a few people may not tolerate the stomach side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release pill
    • Liquid

Medication side effects for Type 1 diabetes

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  • Novolog: 5%
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Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Type 1 diabetes

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • 1. Realize you will go through the stages of grieving after diagnosis. 2. Realize you must treat yourself. 3. Others, including your physician, can only advise you on what the treatment must be. 4. See #2 again. Do it. 5. There are many tools available to help manage diet. One very good one is Diabetes Pilot for iOS and Windows. Use the tools. 6. Explore the possibility of getting an insulin pump. 7. See #2 again. Do it.
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Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • One glass of hot water kept for night with jeera n methe empty stomach and a glass of juice of 1 cucumber, 1 Karela n 2 tomatoes once a day, gel of one full leaf of aloe Vera does wonder on diabetes n blood pressure