When is insulin therapy used to manage type 2 diabetes?

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Many people with type 2 diabetes, especially those in the early stages, can manage their blood sugar effectively through diet, weight loss, and physical activity. But if diet and exercise alone are not adequately controlling your blood sugar, medications or insulin therapy may be able to help.

Insulin therapy is used when prescription medications and healthy habits are not sufficiently controlling blood sugar levels, which usually occurs when your pancreas has stopped producing insulin or as a result of a serious infection or other illness. There are several different types of insulin that may be used either individually or in combination.

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