Drugs and diabetes have gone hand-in-hand for years. In fact, some of the doctors that I work with have said that if people did what they were supposed to, we wouldn’t need to rely on drugs so much.
But for many, drugs provide hope and help people to improve their blood sugars.
But for some, type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to come down to drugs. And I’m not here to tell you to stop taking drugs. That’s your doctor’s call.
But I think if you have to use medicine for diabetes then you’ll have to understand how they work and some of the key reasons why doctors prescribe medications.
Drugs And Diabetes Information
The first thing you have to understand is diabetes changes over time. When the cells of your pancreas (beta cells) slow down or start to die the pancreas starts to make less and less insulin.
When this happens, in addition to your body resisting the insulin that it does make, your blood sugar levels start to rise. Your doctor will decide to treat diabetes in a number of ways to help control your blood sugar.
To treat diabetes your doctor will choose medicines that are either taken orally or injected.
Diabetes Treatment Explained: Diabetes Pills
Nowadays there are so many diabetes drugs on the market. Unlike just a decade or two ago, a doctor now has a number of drugs in their toolkit that they can use. And this number is increasing as we speak.
For the most part, pills may work well for a period of time to help control your blood sugar levels. The different classes have different ways of working in your body. Here are a few ways that they work:
- Help the body release more insulin
- Reduce the amount of sugar your liver releases
- Help insulin work better in muscle and fat
- Slow the breakdown of food into sugar
Here’s the thing though. Diabetes pills don’t work for everyone. Sometimes there are side effects or sometimes they don’t get your sugar down low enough. Or they may even work well at first and then after a while they stop working.
If the pills your doctor prescribes for you stop working, this just means that as diabetes has progressed it’s time to change your treatment.
If pills stop working, the next step for most doctors is injectable medicines. Some of these injectable medicines are insulin while others aren’t insulin, but offer additional ways to control your blood sugar.
Injectable drugs are usually less popular as needles can be painful and many people have needle phobia.
Drugs are just one slice of the pie when it comes to controlling or even conquering type 2 diabetes. But remember, exercise and diet are the two most important slices of the pie.