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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.

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For years some diabetes authors have told us that the diabetes drugs known as sulfonylureas, often called just “sulfs,” would burn out our beta cells. Beta cells are the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.   I’ve occasionally come across comments in research papers that were consistent with that view, but nothing…

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