Differences Between Oral Medication and Injectables for Diabetes

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Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN

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More people in the United States have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than ever before. Until recently, most people with the disease took oral medications to control their blood glucose (sugar) levels, and eventually they would need insulin injections.

In the last few years, though, non-insulin injectable medications have become available in the U.S. and now people with type 2 diabetes have another treatment option before going on insulin.

It may seem on the surface that oral medications and injectables work similarly, but there’s enough of a difference to make injectables for diabetes an increasingly popular choice for blood glucose management.

Advances in diabetes treatment have recently brought us non-insulin injectable medications, which can be a great option to help you control your diabetes and stay healthy.

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