5 Reasons You Should Consider Non-Insulin Injectables
Yumhee Park | Dec 4, 2014 Oct 30, 2016
Reviewed by Robert Hurd, MD on Aug 26, 2017
Be sure to ask your doctor about non-insulin treatment options for your type 2 diabetes. Here are 5 reasons you should consider non-insulin injectables to help manage your diabetes.
Some non-insulin injectable medications can promote weight loss by decreasing appetite, slowing down digestion, and keep you feeling full longer. If you are currently overweight and living with type 2 diabetes, non-insulin injectables might be a good way to kick start your weight loss plan.
Once you’ve reached your weight loss goal, continuing to use non-insulin injectables may help keep your weight down, by keeping your appetite at bay and keeping you full longer. Although some side effects include nausea or vomiting, they should go away with prolonged use.
Easy to take
Many injectables, including insulin injectables, are packaged in an easy to administer pen form. This makes taking your non-insulin medication easier, if syringes and other tools might have scared you away from this kind of medication.
Some non-insulin injectables only require one dose per week versus some insulin injectables that require daily injections. Speak to your doctor about what non-insulin injectable might work best with your schedule and diabetes.
Risks and side effects
There are some pros to the side effects of non-insulin injectables, such as decreasing appetite and slowing down digestion to stimulate weight loss. However it is also important to be aware of some of the bad side effects. These range from mild, nausea or vomiting, to more severe, like an increased risk of hypoglycemia or pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Consult with your doctor about the best non-insulin injectable treatment.