diabetic medications

By winzree Latest Reply 2011-10-01 15:23:48 -0500
Started 2011-10-01 10:24:17 -0500

i was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and to date am not
on any medications…what actually do these medications
do for you?

thank you.

5 replies

jayabee52 2011-10-01 11:17:16 -0500 Report

Howdy Winzree and WELCOME to DC!
How long since your diagnosis? What instructions do you have from your diagnosing physician on how you are supposed to manage your blood glucose levels?

The medications most commonly prescribed to manage one's diabetes works in different ways. For instance the medicine Metformin (the most common starter medication) " Metformin helps to control the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood. It decreases the amount of glucose you absorb from your food and the amount of glucose made by your liver. Metformin also increases your body's response to insulin, a natural substance that controls the amount of glucose in the blood. " ( from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0... )

Another oral medication which is commonly prescribed is Glypizide. It works differently than Metformin. "Glipizide is in a class of medications called sulfonylureas. Glipizide lowers blood sugar by causing the pancreas to produce insulin (a natural substance that is needed to break down sugar in the body) and helping the body use insulin efficiently. This medication will only help lower blood sugar in people whose bodies produce insulin naturally" ( from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0... )

I could go down the list of medications commonly used to manage diabetes symptoms, but you would not have the benefit of researching them yourself and learning what difference in each is. To find out commonly used medications for diabetes management see the ADA website Here: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/...

One other thing I would like you to consider: Perhaps before you are prescribed a medication, perhaps it would be good to ask your physician if you might be able to control it by excersise and meal planning.

I pray you have success in your quest to manage your condition no matter what you and your Dr decides is best for you.

Blessings to you and yours


winzree 2011-10-01 14:12:03 -0500 Report

thank you James for getting back to me, i do appreciate it, my primary care dr. said let's try diet and exercise, my A1C has come down, from 7.0 to 6.2, that was 6 months ago, my blood glucose is in the range mornings anywhere from 95 to 115, after dinner anywhere from 140-180, but i never feel good, that's why i'm thinking would i feel better if i went on medication, i'm up half the nite going to the bathroom, isn't that cause there is still glucose in my blood? i really don't want to go on medication cause i've heard it bothers your stomach for a while, which i don't look forward to. thanks for all the information, god bless

jayabee52 2011-10-01 15:12:33 -0500 Report

It is good your Dr thought to ask you to try it without meds first. That is unusual since the usual treatment is going on metformin right away. From the readings you report it seems like you are doing well. Awesome that you brought down your A1c that much. With a little more adjustments to your meal plan you might get it down to somewhere below 6.

If you can do it without medication it would be so much better for you, but if you cannot budge your numbers by adjusting your meal plan, then you have them available. Whenever one introduces a medication into their body there is always the possibility there'd be an unwanted side effect. Not every med. will effect every person the same way. For instance I had no stomach issues with metformin, but I believe it weakened my kidneys to the point I got an infection in them which shut them down.

Thousands of people have used met for quite a while without negative side effects, so for me and for a few other people with diabetes (PWDs) it was not good. One can go through all the meds and see lists of potential side effects. Not every person will get the effect, but some may. Here's a list of discussions on DC where Metformin side effects are discussed: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?qu... please be aware that these are gatherings of folks who have tried it and have had problems. It doesn't tell about those who have successfully used it without problem.

140 to 180 are not great numbers but they could be worse. It depends on when those readings are taken. If it is 2 hours after a meal it is not terrible. If it is just before bed, not so good and your meal plan needs tweaking somehow.

I take it you are in the bathroom half the night voiding urine? Yes that can be a sign of diabetes. It could be for other reasons too. Look under "causes" in this article on excessive urination at night: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/artic...

And you do want glucose in your blood, as glucose is the fuel on which your brain and body runs. Too little glucose in the blood leads to lows and may even lead to coma and ultimately death.

I myself had been on Metformin and Insulin at different times. I have only gotten better control of my Blood Glucose since I had disciplined myself and changed my eating patterns, and got off of diabetes medications.

I pray that which ever way you decide to go you have success with controlling your BG levels.


winzree 2011-10-01 15:23:48 -0500 Report

i had asked my dr. what is range 2hrs after a meal, he said no more than 180, i thought i was doing good, you think they should be lower, i did not give up
all my carbs, i have cut down quite a bit and a lot on my sweets, very little
alchohol, i do drink a lot of water during the day and in the evening, but i think getting up 6-7 times is a bit much I try not to eat anything after my dinner. I'm trying everything to see if i can sleep better, that helps a little, thank you for the web site nlm.nih.gov, i will click on it . thank you again for all the info. god bless


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