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What medicine should be taken for diabetes?

Dr. Elif E. Oker, MD
Medical Toxicology
There are a number of medications that are used to treat diabetes. The only way to know how to treat your diabetes or which medicine is best for you is to consult your doctor.
Diabetics are unable to properly maintain blood glucose ("sugar") levels because they either lack enough insulin or are resistant to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that allows the body to regulate blood sugar.
It is helpful, to understand the types of medications available to treat diabetes. 
Diabetes medications are designed to regulate blood glucose to normal or near normal levels and include oral hypoglycemic and insulin. Oral hypoglycemic are pills while insulin is injected or delivered by an insulin pump. Some people take only oral medication, others only insulin and others take a combination of the two. Like all medications, medications used to treat diabetes have side effects.
If you have or suspect you have diabetes it is important to be seen with your doctor. He/She will develop a treatment program unique to you. This may include a combination of diet and exercise, monitoring of your blood glucose levels and possibly medication.
 

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