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Which pills can help with type 2 diabetes?

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These can include:

You might also take one pill that mixes two types of medicine. That's known as combination therapy.

  • Metformin, which works in your liver
  • Thiazolidinediones (or glitazones), which improve sugar removal from your blood
  • Secretagogues, which help your pancreas make more insulin
  • Starch blockers, which slow down how your body absorbs sugar from the food you eat
  • Incretin-based therapies, which help your liver make less sugar. They also slow how you absorb food. They can be pills or shots.

Diabetes Care , August 2006.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Insulin, Medicines & Other Diabetes Treatments."

American Diabetes Association: "Medicines," "What Are My Options?" "Other Injectable Medications," Insulin Routines," "Types of Insulin."

Diabetes Teaching Center at the University of California, San Francisco: "Types of Insulin."

Mayo Clinic: "Diseases and Conditions -- Diabetes."

Group Health: "Types of Insulin and How They Work."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on April 20, 2017

Diabetes Care , August 2006.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Insulin, Medicines & Other Diabetes Treatments."

American Diabetes Association: "Medicines," "What Are My Options?" "Other Injectable Medications," Insulin Routines," "Types of Insulin."

Diabetes Teaching Center at the University of California, San Francisco: "Types of Insulin."

Mayo Clinic: "Diseases and Conditions -- Diabetes."

Group Health: "Types of Insulin and How They Work."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on April 20, 2017

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