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Oral Diabetes Medications

Oral diabetes medicines (taken by mouth) help control blood sugar (glucose) levels in people whose bodies still produce some insulin, such as some people with type 2 diabetes. These medicines are prescribed along with regular exercise and changes in the diet. Many oral diabetes medications may be used in combination with each other or with insulin to achieve the best blood glucose control. This guide provides general information about the different oral medicines for diabetes. It will help you learn more about your medication. Always take your medicine exactly as your doctor prescribes it. Discuss your specific questions and concerns with your health care provider. Sulfonylureas Glipizide (Glucotrol®, Glucotrol XL®,), Glimepride (Amaryl®), Glyburide (DiaBeta®, Glynase PresTab®, Micronase®) These medications lower blood glucose by causing the pancreas to release more insulin. Biguanides Metformin (Glucophage®, Glucophage XR®, Glumetza®, Fortamet®, Riomet®) These medications reduce how much glucose the liver produces. It also improves how insulin works in the body, and slows down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. Thiazolidinediones Pioglitozone (Actos®), rosigli Continue reading >>

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  1. Hammerhead

    Desperate diabetic considering steroids to get gains, please help.!?

    I've just joined this site but have been reading this and many other sights of similar topics for years. I am a type 1 diabetic (for 27 years) but also on pills now to help control sugars. I do get hypos but have not had any other complication caused by diabetes. I’ve been training for about 6 years and have gotten nowhere. My doctors, (all 9 of them), say weight lifting is a waste of time as diabetics cannot build muscle like other people and I should swim or cycle instead! Don’t worry I'm not going to write my whole training schedule for you guys to read, it would even put me to sleep! I love training but feel drugs are the only answer now. I started out training with guys all the same size, now I'm 2 stone behind the smallest guy, yet I watch my diet and they live on takeaways! I've decided to go down the steroid route. I believe this is the only way to make any gains in this sport. I would love to be able to take my shirt off in public for the first time before my hair goes grey!! Any guidance here would be much appreciated.
    Thanks for taking the time to read this.

  2. She ra

    Okay, the first thing my doc told me to do is start weight lifting. You don't need huge muscles, just good muscle tone because you burn glucose in muscle mass. I would not But, what do I know. Search this forum, I am pretty sure there are body builders in here that can help you without the use of drugs.
    Steroids will raise your BG, in my case it was 350 constant until the steroids were out of my system.
    What about some type of high protein drinks that are lower in carb?

  3. kesam1

    You may have heard it before but make sure you feed those muscles post workout. Since type 1.5 diagnosis 18 months ago I had been going low carb (ish 100 a day) and purely supplementing with good protein post workout. Results were nice loss of fat and weight but certainly no increase in muscle size in fact a measured loss. Recently added 100g of carbs with insulin post workout and bam the muscles have filled out straight away and my energy levels are thorough the roof. I was obsessed with keeping carbs down and bs down. My numbers are the same now but I'm feeling way better and getting back to what I know I can be. Post workout carbs are like magic beans for me. YMMV

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