Drugs to Treat Diabetes

Welcome to my page providing education on pharmaceuticals used in diabetes care.  Please note that at times, it is difficult to state in non-medical terms how exactly these drugs work and the concerns with them.  I will do my best to make the information understandable.

Why am I doing this series?  Unfortunately, I have found that the majority of those whom I work with in the treatment of diabetes, are on a host of medications that they know nothing about.  They are often not educated by their healthcare provider on how the drugs work and any potential side effects or complications that could accompany the use of the drug.  Education is the key to good health.  I feel that it is extremely important before beginning any medication, that one be well informed.  This series will hopefully provide the missing information to help people make informed decisions.  I also include my personal experiences with the use of the medications, what I have observed in those taking them, for those that wish to know how I personally feel about the medications.

Disclaimer:

Please note, this information is intended for educational purposes only and not intended as specific medical advice for you personally.  Please consult your personal healthcare provider to discuss the benefits and risks of any medications prescribed for you.

*Additionally, please note that in providing my personal opinions with concerns for these medications, once again, these are my opinions only and not intended as advice for you personally.

Many people, after reading these articles, tell me they are taking these drugs and ask what I would recommend.  Please note: these articles were provided for education, not for the purpose of making any recommendations to anyone in particular. I cannot make any recommendations for you personally.  As you know, I recommend a low carb lifestyle for all people, but PARTICULARLY as a first line of defense in the treatment of diabetes, NOT drug therapy.  I believe that drug therapy has its place, but ONLY to address any issues after a healthy, low carb lifestyle, exercise and other healthy practices are ALREADY in place. 

That being said, I have some serious concerns about the majority of diabetes medications on the market and am concerned for those taking them as well.  I think it is a real problem that when placed on these medications, people are often not informed by their healthcare providers about the very real, potential dangers of taking some of these medications.  This is why you will see in each article below, both the general facts, as well as my opinions about the drugs, as I was asked to do by the readers of this page.  All I can say is, please make sure that you are giving healthy living your 100% commitment so that your reliance on medications is minimal.  That is ALWAYS a recommendation I am willing to make to anyone.  

(Why A Low Carb Diet Should Be the FIRST Approach in the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes HERE. Low Carb Diet Recommended for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes HERE.)

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Oral Medications

Biguanides

TZD’s

Sulfonylureas

Meglitinides

SGLT-2 Inhibitors

DPP4 Inhibitors

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Injectible Medications

GLP-1 Agonists

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Insulin

Using Insulin

Article References:

(1) diabetesed.net

(2) endocrinologynetwork.com