The progression of diabetes changes over time. Eating healthy and being active may not be enough to get you to your set goals, which is why most people with diabetes need to also take medicines.
Your treatment may need to be adjusted too and you will need to take diabetes medicine especially if:
There are 2 main types of diabetes medicines to manage type 2 diabetes:
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends different medicines that may help lower blood sugar levels. Learning about the different types of diabetes medicines may help you talk with your doctor about treatment options.
Managing diabetes with medicine is a not a one-size-fits-all. It is because different diabetes medicines work in different ways to help you manage your blood sugar.
Your doctor will assess you condition, check your lab results and decide which kind of medicine you will need in order for you to achieve your treatment goals. Your treatment may need to be adjusted from time to time too, which is why it is important to have follow-up visits to your doctor at least every 3 months.
We encourage you not to compare your medicines to that of others because their body and their diabetes status could be different from yours.
Here are some of the medicines that are use to control diabetes:
Types of tablets for Type 2 Diabetes
There are many types of diabetes tablets for people with type 2 diabetes. These work best when used with healthy eating and proper exercise.
Diabetes tablets are not for everyone. They may not lower sugar enough. Remember, diabetes is a progressive disease, it changes over time and so does your medicine need.
There may be a time in which your diabetes tablet or combination of tablets may stop working after a few months or even years. This does not mean your diabetes is worse nor you have done anything wrong. It only means that your body has changed and so you may need to try more than one type of tablet, combination of tablets (1-3), injectable medicines, or tablets and injectable medicines.