If exercising more and eating better are not enough to control your blood sugar, your doctor may suggest oral medication. There are six classes of drugs that lower blood glucose levels. Each works in a different way. The six classes are sulfonylureas, meglitinides, biguanides, thiazolidinediones, alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, DPP-4 Inhibitors, and oral combination therapy.
The drug metformin is not recommended for people with kidney disease. For this reason, some people think that metformin causes kidney disease. But new evidence suggests that metformin might actually protect the kidneys. For many people with type 2 diabetes, metformin is a very effective drug. In everyone, the liver is a sort of…