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How long should I take insulin if I have diabetes?

You'll need insulin for life if you have type 1 diabetes, but with type 2 diabetes, you can start on insulin and still be able to switch to other diabetes medications at another time. Although it's not common, some people may even stop medications altogether if they manage to get their blood sugar under control. This usually means losing weight and keeping it off, staying active, and following a healthy meal plan. If this results in a stable glucose range, you may be able to stop using insulin. Bear in mind, though, that it is not unusual for people with type 2 diabetes to make their best efforts and find they still need insulin. Still, it's worth establishing healthy habits—the benefits extend beyond glucose control.

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