Diabetes Medications: What To Know

There are two very common misconceptions about
type 2 diabetes. The first is that if you have to start taking
medication to treat your diabetes, you’ve somehow failed. The second is that if you have to increase
the amount or number of medications you’re taking, your diabetes is somehow getting “worse”. Today we’re going to talk about why both
of these beliefs just aren’t true and cover what you need to know about diabetes and medications… One consistent aspect of type 2 diabetes is
that it will change over time because the genes that are responsible for diabetes cause
changes inside your body that progress as time passes—over time, your pancreas will
become less able to make insulin. This will take place at different rates in
different people, but the important thing to know is that these changes don’t mean
that you’ve failed to manage your diabetes… this is just what happens. What IS your responsibility though is to keep
track of what’s happening with your numbers (your A1c, blood pressure, LDL cholesterol,
kidney tests, and eye exam results) so that you know when they’re changing and can work
with your doctor to change your diabetes treatment plan. When your lifestyle changes aren’t working
to keep your numbers at your target, then it’s usually time to make changes to your
medication regimen to get to your goal. Probably the most important thing you can
learn about diabetes is that the only measure of success is what your A1c is—not how many
medications you’re taking. someone who is on two medications and has
an A1c of 7 is at a much lower risk of complications than someone who is on no medications but
has an A1c of 8.5. There are many different types of medications
that work effectively to treat your blood glucose and each of them has a different effect
on your body so combining medications can often be a more effective way to lowering
your A1c. Here are the different categories of medication
currently on the market: Insulin, metformin, sulfonylureas, TZDs, GLP-1
agonists, DPP-4 inhibitors, SGLT-2 inhibitors, but here’s the main thing to know: consistently
taking the medication that you and your doctor have decided on is the most important thing
you can do to be healthy. If you’re concerned about something that
you’re taking, talk to your doctor and work with him or her to figure out if a different
medication would be a better choice. It may take some time to find the right type
and amount of medication that will work to lower your numbers to your target, but stay
vigilant—having your numbers at goal will help prevent future complications and enable
you live a long, healthy life. The key is to find the regimen that works
for you and to stick to it. And that’s what you need to know about diabetes
and medications. Thanks for watching.

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