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Type 2 Diabetes: Oral Glucose Lowering Medications and Insulin
If you have type 2 diabetes your body can usually make insulin,
but it cannot use it correctly. A healthy diet, exercise,
and weight loss can help you to better use the insulin that
you make. You may also need medication to help regulate your
blood glucose levels.
There are two types of medicine that are often prescribed
for people with type 2 diabetes:
- Oral Glucose Lowering Medications
Oral glucose lowering medications also called
diabetes medications are pills taken by mouth
that lower your blood glucose levels.
Insulin is a chemical usually made in your
body that helps turn the food you eat into energy. If you
do not make enough you may need to take insulin. Sometimes
the amount of insulin you make is enough, but it cannot be
used properly, and therefore you must also take insulin. Insulin
can not be taken by mouth. You can only take insulin by shots.
Depending on your condition, your doctor may prescribe one
of the following to treat your high blood glucose.
- A glucose lowering medication.
- A combination of two or more glucose lowering
- Insulin shots.
- Glucose lowering medication and insulin shots.
Whether you are using glucose lowering medications, insulin,
or any combination of the two, you must talk to your doctor
about the specifics of the medications that you are using.
It is important to remember that glucose lowering
medications and/or insulin never take the place of healthy
eating or exercise.
This handout contains general information
on diabetes medication. It is not intended to replace medical
advice. It is important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist
about your dosage and any other questions that you may have.
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