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.

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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 related to a change in your underlying diabetes, rather than to anything you did “wrong”; it may simply be a clue that it’s time to update your diabetes medications.

It might be time to either increase the dose of a medication you’re already taking, or start a new medication that works in a different way, so that their effects will be additive.

If it’s been a year – or two or three, or longer – since you’ve made any change to your medication regimen, I highly recommend a visit with your doctor to discuss this. Come prepared with a list of all your current medications and their doses, so that you don’t need to waste time with preliminaries during your valuable doctor face-time.

Bonus Tip: Click here to read more do’s and don’ts for being a well-prepared patient.

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Other Tips in This Series:

Tip 1: Get to Know Your Diabetes Meds

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

Tip 3: Taking Insulin Is Not "The End"

Tip 5: Take Your Damn Meds!