Managing type 2 diabetes with medication

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Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body produces insulin. It is the most common type of diabetes and there are about 27 million people in the country that suffer from this disease. In this condition, the body’s cells are unable to respond to the insulin produced. While this is a lifelong disease, it is possible to manage this condition with the help of the right diet, exercise, and prescriptions by your doctor. Ensure that you are aware of the symptoms and take immediate help if they last for too long.

Symptoms to be aware of:

  • Frequent urination
  • Tingling or numbness in your hands and feet
  • Non-healing wounds
  • Yeast infections
  • Blurry vision

What causes type 2 diabetes?

Not just one, but usually a combination of things causes this condition.

Genes
Your DNA determines how your body will make insulin, and hence some people would genetically be at the risk of developing this condition.

Obesity
Being overweight can cause insulin resistance, and hence it is important for everyone to keep a check on their diet and exercise.

Glucose production
The liver makes and sends out glucose when there is not enough in the body. But for some people, this secretion is unstoppable resulting in excess glucose in the body.

Metabolic syndrome
People who have conditions like high blood glucose, extra fat around the waist, high blood pressure, triglycerides, and high cholesterol are more likely to be affected with type 2 diabetes.

Some medications that you can research more about are:

SymlinPen
Its common name being Pramlintide, it is used with mealtime insulin, along with a proper diet and exercise program that helps control high blood sugar level in people who are suffering from type 1 and 2 diabetes. Patients who are already using insulin take this medication to control their blood sugar.

Xultophy
This is a combination of insulin degludec and liraglutide. It is used by patients of type 2 diabetes along with a proper diet and exercise program.

Victoza
Also known as liraglutide, this medication is similar to a natural hormone called incretin in the body, which helps control blood sugar levels in the body by releasing an appropriate amount of insulin. However, if you require insulin treatment, liraglutide is not an alternative for insulin.

Ozempic
This medication is used with a proper diet and exercise program to help control blood sugar levels of type 2 diabetes patients. The common name for this medication is also semaglutide, and it should not be used as a substitute for insulin if you already use insulin.

Trulicity
Dulaglutide being its common name, works similarly to a natural hormone in our body called incretin, which helps control blood sugar. It is again used with a proper diet and exercise program for type 2 diabetes patients.

Glumetza
This medication helps the patient restore the body’s proper response to the insulin it naturally produces. It helps decrease the amount of sugar made by the liver, and the amount that is absorbed by the stomach or intestines. Its common name is metformin.

Always take medicines that are prescribed by your trusted professional, and while research is good, do not let the internet be your doctor. Prescription for each diabetic patient could be different as one’s insulin and medication quantity may differ from the other. It is important to eat healthy food and exercise regularly to control your sugar levels.

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