Archive for July 29th, 2014
Our bodies work best when the sugar in our blood is balanced with insulin. Our cells need insulin to be able to use the sugar for fuel. Diabetes is the result of the body not making any or enough insulin. If the sugar isn’t soaked up into the cells, it collects in the blood. High levels of blood sugar will hurt organs like the heart, brain, eyes and kidneys.
When diet and exercise are not enough to control blood sugars, medications can help achieve good control. Some drugs help your body make more insulin or better use your own insulin. Insulin can be injected and taken as a drug. Taking insulin helps or replaces your own insulin.
Over time, your diabetes changes. As your state of health changes, your medications may also change. You may need more drugs or other combinations to stay healthy.
Both oral and injectable medicines can be used to help people living with diabetes. Oral medicine, pills taken by mouth, work on specific organs to stimulate insulin development, help the body burn sugars better or have other functions. Injectable medicines are injected into the body with various devices or instruments. Insulin is the first injectable that might come to mind, but other injectable medicines include Byetta, Victoza or Symlin.
No matter which drug or combinations of drugs you take, it is important to closely follow doctor’s orders and seek help or ask questions if you are unsure about your daily regimen.
The diabetes educators at Diabetes Management & Supplies can help take the guess-work out of your medication and treatment plan. For more information on specific medication or training needs, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929.