For many of us with diabetes, prescription medications are already a fact of life—while some of you may be fighting to stay off them.

What you should know is that physical activity and food choices are pillars of diabetes management, to be sure. But medications provide another powerful tool for lowering your blood glucose.

There are many safe and effective meds available these days to help you keep your A1C in range (around 7.0% or less), thereby avoiding long-term complications of diabetes and extending your life span. And who doesn’t want that?

This tip series "Glucose-Lowering Medications" is all about the meds.

Tip 1: Get to Know Your Diabetes Meds

First off, you should have a basic understanding of what the medication choices are, and especially knowledge of any medications you are already taking. Below is an at-a-glance overview … Read more >>

Tip 2: Pills: Just One Tool - Not a Diabetes Cure-All

Remember, diabetes pills don’t lower BG by themselves. You'll still want to be careful what you eat and be active to help lower your BG. Equally important to realize is that if you are taking … Read more >>

Tip 3: Taking Insulin Is Not "The End"

The lingering perception for many people is that going on insulin means you have “really bad” diabetes, or that you are about to go into the hospital, or even kick the bucket. There’s … Read more >>

Tip 4: When to Update or Change Your Diabetes Medications

Many people continue on the same medications for years on end, without ever thinking to re-evaluate their effectiveness. Bad idea! If your A1C result is not good, it may well be … Read more >>

Tip 5: Take Your Damn Meds!

Excuse me if the above statement sounds rude, but it is actually the title of a whole section in a very helpful little diabetes guidebook called “Taming the Tiger: Your First Year … Read more >>