How is Diabetes Treated with Pills

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How is diabetes treated? First, treatment via lifestyle changes is tried. In fact, the recommendation is to try this first before going on medication. Sometimes lifestyle changes are all that's required for treatment but diabetes pills are usually given to some type 2 clients to control blood sugar. These pills help decrease the blood sugar level.

Some people have pancreas that are still functioning and producing insulin. The pills that are prescribed on how is diabetes treated help the body in several ways. One way is for these pills to stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin or help it work better, but we should find out how they work.

Your doctor will decide on how is diabetes treated, whether you need pills and the type that's best for you. Various types operate on different time frames and your health care team will help plan the eating times that will work with the pills.

To make sure how is diabetes treated with pills work, we should try to know not only how they work but also when they should and should not be used. Also it is good to know how other drugs will interact with them. Here are some precautionary measures:

  • To make sure the pills are working effectively, monitor the blood sugar level diligently.
  • The diabetes pills may make your blood glucose level to drop too low when drinking alcohol.
  • The diabetes used in how is diabetes treated may make your skin extra sensitive to the sun.
  • The diabetes pills may affect your other medications so find out from your doctor or pharmacist what these are.

In solving the problem of how is diabetes treated, the pills are given before or with meals. You may be asked to begin with a small dose but later you may need more. However, there are times when pills should not be used. When should pills not be used, you asked? Here they are:

  • Pills are not used to control blood glucose levels in pregnant women.
  • During times of stress or other illness like even just a cold or infection, the blood sugar level may rise. It will be vital to have insulin then to bring down the blood sugar level.
  • Pills will not help Type 1 diabetes patients when their pancreas cannot make enough insulin.
  • When Type 2 diabetes is first diagnosed, pills should not be used on how is diabetes treated because lifestyle changes of proper diet and physical activity may make the blood sugar level go within normal limits. Pills should only be resorted to after the lifestyle changes have been given an opportunity to work.

To go on how is diabetes treated, it is good to know the drug interactions. So check with your health care team especially the interaction is for both prescribed and non-prescribed pills. Other pills too may hinder the way the diabetes pills work.

Here are the pills that lower the blood sugar:

  • Blood thinners like Coumadin and Sintrom
  • Arthritis pills like Motrin and Indocid
  • Aspirin
  • Propanolol

And here are the pills that raise the blood sugar:

  • Birth control pills
  • Cortisone-type pills
  • Fluid pills like HCTZ and Diazide
  • Hormones - estrogen (Premarin). progesterone (Provera)

Here are more things to remember when going on pills as the solution to how is diabetes treated:

  • Make sure you know the symptoms of low blood sugar and how to treat it.
  • Pills are not magic that will cure diabetes for they do not cure.
  • Drinking alcohol when you are on diabetes pills may make your blood sugar too low.
  • Follow the doctor's orders. Take only the amount the doctor tells you. Don't conclude that taking extra pills can help you eat more food. They may just cause bad effects.
  • Regular exercise and proper diet play an important role in treating diabetes. Check with the doctor first.
  • Insulin injection may be needed if the highest dose pills along with the proper diet and physical activity does not work.

Here's a video about a study that might lead to new treatment. Researchers have discovered how to stop a mechanism that can cause diabetes. This molecular brake gives hope for a new generation of diabetes drugs.


FDA approved a new treatment that will lower both LDL cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The drug is called Welchol and in studies that combined it with metformin, sulfonylureas, insulin or alone have shown it to lower both cardiovascular risk factors significantly.

They presented the results of the studies at the 67th Annual Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Chicago. There were two other clinical trials that produced the same results.

Given that type 2 diabetics have an increased risk for developing cardiovascular events with their condition and the high LDL cholesterol level, this news will give the physicians a unique treatment option to address both conditions.

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