For this type, the answer is more complicated. Your healthcare provider may first advise
both meal planning and exercise. If you are overweight, you may need to lose weight.
These things can lower blood sugar. Your sugar level may go down near the normal range.
Then these lifestyle changes alone may manage your diabetes.
But over time that may change. When type 2 diabetes first starts, your body often makes
plenty of insulin. But your body has trouble using it. As time goes on, your body may
stop making enough insulin. Then you may need medicine.
Over time, many people with type 2 diabetes need medicine to manage their disease. But a
healthy lifestyle is also important. This is done through diet, exercise, and weight
loss. This is true even if you are taking medicines to help manage your diabetes.