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What should someone do if they need to take diabetes medications?

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If your body makes insulin but it doesn't lower your blood sugar, you may have to take diabetes pills or some other injectable. These only work in people who have some insulin of their own. Some are taken once a day, others are taken more often. Ask your doctor when you should take yours. Diabetes medications are safe and easy to take. Be sure to tell your doctor if yours make you feel bad or if you have any other problems. Sometimes, people who take diabetes pills may need insulin shots for a while. This may happen if you get very sick, need to go to a hospital, or become pregnant. You may also need them if the diabetes pills no longer lower your blood sugar. You may be able to stop taking diabetes pills if you lose weight. Losing even a little bit can help lower your blood sugar.

SOURCES:

Diabetes Care : "Clinical practice recommendations."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation. Atlanta, GA. 1991. The prevention and treatment of complications of diabetes mellitus: A guide for primary care practitioners.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation. . Atlanta, GA. 1991. Take charge of your diabetes: A guide for care

The New England Journal of Medicine : "The effect of intensive treatment of diabetes on the development and progression of long-term complications in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus."

Peragallo-Dittko, V., Godley, K., & Meyer, J. (2nd edition). Chicago: American Association of Diabetes Educators. 1993. A core curriculum for diabetes education

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

 

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Diabetes Care : "Clinical practice recommendations."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation. Atlanta, GA. 1991. The prevention and treatment of complications of diabetes mellitus: A guide for primary care practitioners.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation. . Atlanta, GA. 1991. Take charge of your diabetes: A guide for care

The New England Journal of Medicine : "The effect of intensive treatment of diabetes on the development and progression of long-term complications in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus."

Peragallo-Dittko, V., Godley, K., & Meyer, J. (2nd edition). Chicago: American Association of Diabetes Educators. 1993. A core curriculum for diabetes education

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

 

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 26, 2018

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