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Let's Talk About Diabetes Medication

There’s no cure for the disease, but there are dozens of effective medications that can help you manage it. Learn more about what’s available, so you can make the best choice for you.

    Our Pro PanelDiabetes Medication

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts in diabetes to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Nilem Patel M.D, headshot.

    Nilem Patel, M.D.Endocrinologist

    Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital
    Los Angeles, CA
    Emily Nosova, M.D. headshot.

    Emily Nosova, M.D.Endocrinologist

    Mount Sinai Hospital
    New York, NY
    Laura Cason, R.D. headshot.

    Laura Cason, R.D.Certified Diabetes Educator and Spokesperson

    Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Chicago, IL

    Frequently Asked QuestionsDiabetes Medication

    Can diabetes be reversed?

    Type 1 diabetes in an incurable autoimmune disease. Type 2 diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be well-controlled! For some people, diet and exercise works so well to keep blood sugar levels stable that their doctors might consider their disease to be in “remission.”

    What is insulin-dependent diabetes?

    Insulin-dependent diabetes is an old name for type one diabetes. In people with this disease, the pancreas stops producing the hormone insulin, which helps moderate blood sugar levels. People with type 1 diabetes are dependent on insulin medication in order to lower their blood sugar.

    What is metformin?

    Metformin is a commonly prescribed medication for type 2 diabetes. It works by slowing the breakdown of carbohydrates into sugar in the food you eat, and reducing how much glucose your liver produces.

    What are diabetes mellitus symptoms?

    Common, classic symptoms of diabetes are being very thirsty and having to pee a lot. Other symptoms can be increased hunger, tingling and numbness in the extremities, weight loss, and difficulty fighting infections.

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    Sunny is a health journalist, book author, and essayist living in Portland, OR.