How to Tell if Your Diabetes Medication Is Working


Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN   

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If you have diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, it’s possible you didn’t notice any signs or symptoms of the disease before you were diagnosed. Looking back though, you may realize you did have some signs, as subtle as they may have been. You may have been thirstier than normal or unusually tired, for example. Silent diseases, those with few symptoms, can cause a lot of harm to your body if they go untreated. With diabetes, high glucose (sugar) levels over a long period of time can damage your blood vessels and organs, leading to kidney failure, blindness, and more.

Since diabetes itself may not be noticeable, it may be also hard to notice if your diabetes medicine is working. It’s easy to understand why you need to take your medication and to make sure you take them if you see the results, but how can you tell if your diabetes treatment is working, aside from going to the doctor for a check up?

Managing diabetes goes beyond focusing on blood sugar levels—you’ve got to commit to living a healthy life, staying active, eating well, and minimizing stress. Follow these tips to get on the right path.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 18, 2017

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