Some people with
type 2 diabetes need pills (oral medicines)
to help their bodies make insulin, decrease
insulin resistance, or slow down how quickly
their bodies absorb carbohydrate.
You may take no
medicine, one medicine, or a few medicines. Some people need to take medicine
for a short time, while others always need to take medicine. How much medicine
you need depends on how well you can keep your blood sugar within
your target range. You may need more medicine over time, even if you have good control of your blood sugar.
Medicines can help you manage your
type 2 diabetes and other health problems, but only if you
take them correctly. It can be hard to keep track of
when and how to take your medicine, especially if you are taking more than one.
Maybe you aren't sure why you are taking a medicine or if it is working. Or you
might have trouble paying for your medicine. For help, see the topic Quick Tips: Taking Medicines Wisely.
medicines that help your body make insulin. These include:
Amylinomimetics, such as pramlintide (Symlin). This
medicine works with insulin and
glucagon to help control blood sugar. It
is given as a shot before meals.
Insulin lets sugar (glucose) in the blood enter cells, where it is
used for energy. Without insulin, the blood sugar level gets too high. Most of the time, people who take
insulin use a combination of
short-acting and long-acting insulin. This helps keep
blood sugar within the target range. You may want to learn
when insulin is needed for type 2 diabetes.
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Your level is currently
If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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