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.
Metformin controls the insulin resistance of people who have type 2 diabetes so well that, if possible, all of us should be taking it. That's what Roderic Crist, M.D., told me at the annual convention of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians in Denver this weekend. Dr. Crist specializes in family medicine in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.…