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

Anti-diabetic

  • 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.

    Was it worth it?
    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.

    Was it worth it?
    Men
    38%
    Women

    Not enough review data. Review it!

    • 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
  • Metformin
    Prescription only

    Glucophage (Metformin) is a very effective medicine to lower blood sugar and the risk of complications and death from diabetes, but it's likely to cause diarrhea for the first few weeks.

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

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Medication side effects for Type 1 diabetes

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for diarrhea.

  • Novolog: 5%
  • Lantus: 11%
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At this end, no one is expected to have diarrhea

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have diarrhea

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