Overview of Type 2 Diabetes Therapies

Overview of Type 2 Diabetes Therapies

If you have type 2 diabetes, chances are your doctor has recommended lifestyle changes to improve your blood glucose control. But what happens when diet and exercise aren’t enough? When diabetes medications are needed, health care providers generally have many...
Metformin

Metformin

Who? Metformin is a commonly recommended initial medication for patients with type 2 diabetes who have mild to moderately uncontrolled blood glucose. In addition, it is sometimes used to prevent diabetes in patients who are at risk of developing the disease (though it...
Sulfonylureas and Meglitinides

Sulfonylureas and Meglitinides

Who? Sulfonylureas and meglitinides are recommended for persons with type 2 diabetes who have poorly controlled blood glucose levels. On average, most patients find that their Hb A1c levels drop by up to 1.5% on these medications. What? Oral tablets –...
GLP-1 Agonists

GLP-1 Agonists

Who?GLP-1 agonists, also known as incretin mimetics, are recommended for persons with type 2 diabetes who have poorly controlled blood glucose and high Hb A1c levels. On average, most patients find that their HbA1c levels drop by as much as 0.5-1.5% on these...
Thiazolidinediones

Thiazolidinediones

Who? Thiazolidinediones are recommended for persons with type 2 diabetes who have poorly controlled blood glucose and high Hb A1c levels.   What? Oral tablet – There are two types of thiazolidinediones that are currently available: Pioglitazone (marketed as...
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