What kinds of medications are used to treat type 2 diabetes?

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There are a host of oral medications available for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Almost everyone is put on metformin as long as their kidneys aren't already damaged. Metformin works by decreasing liver glucose production, decreasing glucose absorption in the gut and increasing peripheral insulin sensitivity. If someone has particularly resistant type 2 diabetes, insulin can be used.
Athena Philis-Tsimikas, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
If you have type 2 diabetes, medications may be part of your treatment plan. In this video, endocrinologist Athena Philis-Tsimikas, MD, of Scripps Health, describes some of the diabetes drug options, from insulin to appetite suppressants.

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