How to Give Yourself a Non-Insulin Injection


Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN

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When you were first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you probably had to make some changes in your life, from adjusting your diet to taking pills to manage your blood glucose (sugar) levels. But sometimes this doesn’t work well enough and your blood glucose levels are still too high. In the past, this would usually be when your endocrinologist would suggest you start taking insulin, but there are new options now that are like a bridge between oral medications and insulin: non-insulin injectables.

Unlike insulin injections, these medications stimulate your pancreas to make more insulin, slow down your liver’s production of glucose, or slow down how quickly your body digests your food, depending on the drug you use. But like insulin, they are injectable medications and for many people, this makes them nervous.

Receiving a diagnosis of diabetes can change your entire world, but with the right tools and education, diabetes can help you live a healthier and fuller life.

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