Treating and managing diabetes is difficult enough without the added pain of pinprick blood monitoring and painful insulin injections.
The number of times a diabetic has to test blood sugar levels and administer insulin depends on their individual diabetic situation.
Although diabetes cures and permanent treatments are on the horizon, for the moment accurate and diligent prevention strategies are the key to managing diabetes successfully.
Two areas in particular cause diabetics pain – administering insulin and monitoring the blood.
Many diabetics dislike injecting insulin, and choose any route possible to avoid insulin injections. Insulin pumps offer one alternative to daily injections for type 1 diabetics and those type 2 diabetics that require insulin.
Inhaled insulin is another alternative for diabetics who hate insulin injections, or are allergic to them.
Inhaled insulin is currently rare, but it is available in some countries.
Concerns exist over the influence of inhaled insulin on the lungs, so diabetics seeking this form of insulin should get advice from a healthcare professional.
Blood glucose monitoring
Another painful aspect of diabetes is the finger pinpricks to test blood sugar levels.