Diabetes Medicines

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

People with diabetes may need to take medications to help control their blood glucose level. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the medications available for diabetes patients.

Dr. Hill:

If you cant control your diabetes with wise food choices and physical activity, you may need diabetes medicines.

With type 1 diabetes, your pancreas does not make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose get into your cells to give them energy. Without insulin, too much glucose stays in your blood. If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need to take insulin.

Type 2 diabetes can start when the body doesnt use insulin as it should. If your body cant keep up with the need for insulin, you may need to take pills.

Along with meal planning and physical activity, diabetes pills help people with type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes keep their blood glucose levels on target.

Several kinds of pills are available. Each works in a different way. Many people take two or three kinds of pills. Some people take combination pills, which contain two kinds of diabetes medicine in one tablet. Some people take pills and insulin.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.