What Is The Best Medication For Type 2 Diabetes?

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Alternate Medications Other Than Metformin For Type 2 Diabetes

As of 2006 diabetes was the seventh cause of death in the United States, according to the American Diabetes Society. By 2007 the medical costs of diagnosed diabetes exceeded $100 billion. Medication is a major factor in treating diabetes. Metformin is often the drug prescribed to newly diagnosed diabetics, notes FamilyDoctor.org. However there are other medications that be used in addition to metformin. Video of the Day Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors are a form of oral diabetes medication that target the digestive system. These drugs decrease the absorption of blood sugar by the stomach and intestines, explains FamilyDoctor.org. Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors may cause abdominal pain, loose bowel movement, or bloatedness. Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 Inhibitors Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors, or DPP-4 inhibitors, are oral medicines that aid the body in producing insulin after meals. DPP-4 inhibitors accomplish this by preventing the destruction of a biochemical called GLP-1. This biochemical helps reduce blood sugar levels, according to the American Diabetes Association. Exenatide is an incretin mimetic. Incretin mimetics are injectable diabetic medications that typically lower blood suga Continue reading >>

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  1. Jojo98

    I'm so thankful that I found this forum. It seems to be bursting with wisdom. I've searched the archives and didn't find the answer to my question.
    I'm 33 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed with GD 2 weeks ago. I've been following the diet I was given and my BGL 2 hours pp are fine. My concern is that my fasting bgl in the morning has been consistently above 100. I am not on meds... yet. I have an appointment in 10 days for my OB to review my numbers & decide if I need meds based on that info.
    There have been mornings that I have under 100, but that usually means I have higher ketones. Higher ketones are not good during pregnancy.
    So, my question is... Is there anything I can do or specific food to eat for my bedtime snack that will keep my fasting sugars low & keep ketones away?
    Thanks in advance!

  2. Lanie G

    Hi jojo, welcome to the forum. I don't know anything about gestational diabetes but I found this online: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/ketones-in-urine-during-pregnancy.html
    Normally when ketones are found in the urine it's because the body is losing weight and using the body fat as a source or energy instead of glucose. In someone who's not pregnant this is because of a low-carb diet as the person is losing weight but in pregnancy, I don't know if there are dangers, so it's best to ask your doctor.
    Good luck. I hope another member has more information for you.
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  3. Jeannie143

    Welcome to Healingwell. Wondering how high are your morning numbers? Doing the balancing act of ketones vs. sugars during pregnancy. I found some articles that may help you but strongly recommend that you discuss this with your doctor.
    Ketones in Plus size pregnancy
    Ketones in urine during pregnancy
    Both articles recommend eating smaller amounts more often and outline some bedtime snack ideas as well as asking you to have a snack around 2 am. Hope this helps.
    ~ Jeannie
    Moderator for Fibromyalgia and Diabetes
    Into each life a little rain must fall... followed by large hail and damaging winds!

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