Managing Diabetes

Nadiya P

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December 26, 2022

Pills vs. Insulin for Diabetes Treatment

For type 2 Diabetes there are two types of medications: pills and insulin Both help your blood sugar stay close to normal. That’s important, because if it's high, it can lead to things like nerve damage, vision problems, kidney problems, heart disease, and amputation. It’s usually not a case of either pills or insulin. Your doctor will make a recommendation based on the type of diabetes you have, how long you’ve had it, and how much insulin your body makes naturally. Pills may be easier to take than insulin, but each kind comes with potential side effects. It may take a little trial and error to find the one that works best for you. Pills can stop working, even if they’ve been effective for some time. If you start out with only pills and your type 2 diabetes worsens, you may need to take insulin as well. Insulin also has risks. Too much or too little can cause serious problems. You’ll have to learn how to monitor your diabetes and make adjustments as necessary.


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