Learning about Diabetic Medications

diabetic medicationWhen a patient is diagnosed as diabetic one of the first thoughts may be that they are going to need to stick a needle into themselves every day for the rest of their lives. However, this is not the case for many diabetic patients. It is possible that the right diet and exercise program may be able to help keep things under control. But, for those that need to take medication, the doctor may prescribe insulin, an oral medication or one of the other types of injectable medications. These medicines help to either lower your blood glucose levels, provide the insulin your body needs or both.

Anyone that has type 1 diabetes will need to take insulin. It is also possible that some who have type 2 diabetes will need to take insulin as well. Because insulin is a protein, it has to be taken by injection and not in the form of a pill. When taking insulin it is important to make sure that you take it when you are supposed to. The purpose of the medication is to lower your blood glucose levels and if you do not eat you will not have any energy.

Those that have type 2 diabetes are the only ones that are able to take oral medications. You will find however that type 1 and type 2 diabetics are able to take injectable medications, although this also depends on what other medication is prescribed. This is something that you will need to discuss with your doctor in order to find out what the right medication is and the best method for you to take it. Each individual is different and what your doctor prescribes for you may not be the same that someone you know is taking.

When taking any medication for diabetes, it is important to follow the directions from the doctor as well as monitor yourself. There is always the possibility of side effects including hypoglycemia. This occurs when the blood glucose levels get too low and it can be very dangerous. You could feel hungry, sleepy and even confused, sweaty or possibly lightheaded or dizzy. If you start to experience any of these symptoms it is important to check your levels right away. To avoid this outcome you should not overdose on your medication, avoid alcohol, be sure to eat when you are supposed to and be careful when you are exercising.

Although there is much to learn when it comes to medications and being diabetic, with a little reading and asking the right questions of your doctor you will find that it is not hard to manage.  Yes, it does require some changes in your lifestyle but once you get into the routine of things you will not even notice the changes. You will become healthier and wiser along the way and it is possible to keep your diabetes under control with a little perseverance and making sure that you are taking care of yourself.

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