Diabetes medications

There are basically two types of diabetes. There is diabetes type one, which affects both children and adults and then there is type two, which is also called adult onset diabetes. In the case of the first, there is usually a physiological issue that causes the body to not produce enough insulin. This results in an inability to deal with glucose levels properly. In the case of type 2 diabetes, there are usually other conditions that lead to the diagnosis. In many cases, type 2 can be prevented, while type 1 cannot.

In both situations, the body has problems with insulin production or distribution, meaning that blood sugar levels must be monitored at all times. Since insulin is responsible for carrying glucose from the blood to the cells, having a lack of it can cause the body’s blood sugar levels to reach a level that is high enough to cause extreme damage or even death. In the case of type 2 diabetes, the body is resistant to insulin and requires additional help to take care of sugar in the blood.

The best diabetes medications are those that help the body burn glucose in the blood. This means that exercise is the number way to both prevent and treat diabetes. However, I must warn you that if you have too many ketones (acids) in the blood, then exercise can do you more harm than good. This is why it is important to see a doctor and monitor your blood sugar levels regularly. There several different kits that allow you to do this from home, which can make dealing with diabetes much easier.

Outside of exercise, the most popular diabetes medications are insulin injections, which allow the body to deal with glucose levels effectively. The problem is that if someone starts to rely on these injections then their body will produce even less insulin on a daily basis. After a while, the body will come to rely on the injections, which means you must take them for life. This is why other medications are important. Some other diabetes medications are sulfonylureas, which work with the pancreas to force the body to produce more insulin. These stimulate beta cells and are very effective. There is also a class of drugs called meglitinides, which work in a similar fashion, but if taken improperly can cause low blood sugar levels, also called hypoglycemia. There are several other classes of prescription drugs as well that focus on preventing breakdown of insulin based cells and receptors, which allow your body to deal with more glucose on average.

Unfortunately for those with diabetes type 1, these pills can only be used to treat type 2 diabetes. This doesn’t mean that you can’t reduce symptoms and risk by taking care of yourself though. Properly monitoring blood sugar levels and eating a diet low in sugar should be a priority for you.

Regardless of which diabetes medications you use, you will want to make sure that you consult a doctor if something is causing you to feel ill or simply isn’t helping. Try to get as much exercise as you can so that your body can deal with glucose levels naturally. If you are young and do not have diabetes, then eating right and getting plenty of exercise is crucial for keeping you diabetes free in later years. Although diabetes type 1 cannot be prevented, cases of type 2 are on the rise. As a parent, you need to make sure that your child is healthy and active. These days, even diabetes type 2 can affect young children that are overweight or obese.


Last updated on Sep 11th, 2009 and filed under Diabetes Mellitus, Drugs and Medications. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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