How Do Oral Diabetes Medications Work?

Share on facebook

Diabetes Medications

Diabetes medications, both pills and insulin injections, work together with healthy eating and exercise to control your blood glucose (sugar) levels. Most people with diabetes need medication to keep their blood sugar in the target ranges. For type 1 diabetes. Insulin injections are essential for life because the body is unable to produce its own insulin. Insulin (a hormone) is needed for sugar to move from the blood into the cells where energy is made. Oral pills are not an effective treatment for type 1 diabetes. For type 2 diabetes. There are several types of pills that can be used separately or in combination. Insulin injections are also an important, effective, and safe choice for treating type 2 diabetes. Research now supports using insulin earlier in the treatment of type 2 diabetes to control blood sugar and prevent complications. If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are at risk for pregnancy, talk to us before you start taking diabetes medications. If you are a woman of childbearing age (15 to 49) you must be on a highly effective form of birth control if you are taking certain medications for diabetes because some diabetes medications can cause birth defec Continue reading >>

Share on facebook

Popular Questions

  1. green_key

    FREE A1C blood glucose testing @Walgreens event (normally $15/test)

    1-877-926-3968 automated number for finding locations and times in you area. Please post locations in the Wiki.
    Locations & Times
    Missoula, MT ~ Reseverve St. location only, Thursday, November 19, 2009 1-7pm
    Kalispell, MT ~ Intersection of Hwy 2 & Hwy 93, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 1-7pm
    This post can be edited by most users to provide up-to-date information about developments of this thread based on user responses, and user findings. Feel free to add, change or remove information shown here as it becomes available. This includes new coupons, rebates, ideas, thread summary, and similar items.
    Once a Thread Wiki is added to a thread, "Create Wiki" button will disappear. If you would like to learn more about Thread Wiki feature, click here.

  2. dsedi

    Join us for Walgreens Diabetes Wellness Events
    thru Nov 14
    At select 24-hour stores
    � FREE blood glucose and A1C testing�
    � Plus pharmacist consultation
    In Recognition of National Diabetes Month
    To find an event near you, visit Walgreens.com/findastore or call 1-877-W-and-YOU (1-877-926-3968)
    �Adults over 18 years of age only. Puerto Rico and Alaska excluded. Testing administered by US Wellness, and is subject to availability.

  3. savvyshoppergal

    I did search for this info and didn't find anything.. so I hope I'm not reposting. I think this deserves front page attention due to so many people being at risk for diabetes and not knowing it ~ so here is a way to be tested for free.
    During the month of November Walgreens is offering FREE blood glucose and A1C testing at participating stores.
    Here is an automated number to call to find out which store in your area is offering free testing - 1-877-926-3968. These tests are only offered on certain days and times in the month at participating Walgreens locations, don't expect to wander in to your local Walgreens and expect to get tested. Call the automated phone line, it is set-up for the FREE testing information. (This is the only time in history someone on SD will tell you to call a phone number.)
    They do NOT schedule appointments, it is first come first serve on the set day and time at your participating Walgreens; for example in Msla, MT where I am located they are offering testing only at the Reserve St. on November 19th from 1-7pm.
    I would assume you need to fast for twelve hours for the blood glucose test. For those of you that don't know what an A1C test is - it is a test that is able to determine your blood sugar ratio over the last three months.
    Thanks - again I did search for this but didn't find any info. No, I don't work for Walgreens - I just want people to know if they are at risk for this disease.

  4. -> Continue reading
read more close

Related Articles

  • How Do Oral Diabetes Medications Work?

    There is some evidence that cinnamon supplements can very modestly lower HBA1c see Do Cinnamon Supplements Have a Role in Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes? A Narrative Review. All 11 of the studies reported some reductions in FPG during the cinnamon intervention, and of the studies measuring HbA1c very modest decreases were also apparent with cinnamon, whereas changes in the placebo groups were minimal. However, only four studies achieved the ...

    diabetes Jan 4, 2018
  • New Oral Diabetes Medications

    For patients not covered by health insurance, diabetes medication costs $4 to $100 per month for metformin, the most commonly prescribed and recommended first-line diabetes drug for patients who have been unable to achieve target glucose levels with diet and exercise. The price of generic metformin would be at the lower end of the range, while a brand name such as Glucophage or Glucophage XR would be on the higher end. For patients without health ...

    diabetes Feb 24, 2018
  • Type 1 Diabetes Oral Medications

    Medications used to treat type 2 diabetes include: Use this table to look up the different medications that can be used to treat type 2 diabetes. Use the links below to find medications within the table quickly, or click the name of the drug to link to expanded information about the drug. Table of oral medications, incretion-based therapy and amylin analog therapy: Medicine FDA Approval Formulations (color indicated if available by Brand only) Do ...

    diabetes Feb 24, 2018
  • Is Insulin Better Than Oral Medications?

    More people in the United States have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than ever before. Until recently, most people with the disease took oral medications to control their blood glucose (sugar) levels, and eventually they would need insulin injections. In the last few years, though, non-insulin injectable medications have become available in the U.S. and now people with type 2 diabetes have another treatment option before going on insulin. It ...

    insulin Dec 30, 2017
  • How Do Oral Hypoglycemic Drugs Work

    Oral hypoglycemic drugs are used only in the treatment of type 2 diabetes which is a disorder involving resistance to secreted insulin. Type 1 diabetes involves a lack of insulin and requires insulin for treatment. There are now four classes of hypoglycemic drugs: Sulfonylureas Metformin Thiazolidinediones Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors. These drugs are approved for use only in patients with type 2 diabetes and are used in patients who have not res ...

    diabetes Dec 30, 2017
  • How Diabetes Medications Work

    Diabetes pills aren't for everyone with diabetes. They are effective only if your pancreas is still capable of producing insulin. This means that some people—those with type 1 diabetes and those with type 2 diabetes whose bodies have lost the ability to produce insulin—cannot use them. The good news is that there are a number of new diabetes pills that have different sites of actions. Remember that type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resista ...

    diabetes Jan 3, 2018

Popular Articles

More in diabetes

Whoops, looks like something went wrong.