New Non-Insulin Injectables Change How We Manage Diabetes

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Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN    

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It’s been almost 100 years since injectable insulin was discovered as a treatment for diabetes, saving a countless number of lives. People with type 1 diabetes can’t produce their own insulin, so they must inject it daily to control their blood glucose (sugar) levels. People with type 2 diabetes do produce insulin, but either they don’t produce enough or their body doesn’t use it efficiently. They usually take oral medications to stimulate insulin production. Unfortunately though, for many people with type 2 diabetes, these oral drugs aren’t enough to keep their blood glucose under control, so they need to adjust their treatment. It used to be that this meant taking insulin injections, but this isn’t always the case any more.

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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