No two people’s diabetes is alike, and while treatment goals may be very similar, the path to reaching those goals often takes many twists and turns. We’re fortunate that there are so many treatment options available - Amy Campbell


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Breaking down diabetes: Drugs for diabetes, starting with the best — metformin

A huge assortment of 100 medications are available to treat high blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes, including two historical breakthrough drugs, insulin and metformin. The pharmaceutical industry has successfully added a few new, innovative drugs, but the most effective drugs remain the older, less expensive medications.

Let's make some sense out of this mess of medications.

Most are given by mouth (oral), but injected insulin, which I'll address in a future blog post, remains a key medication. In addition, oral drugs have limited impact, so they are often used in combinations (including tablets containing two drugs). Patients frequently try multiple oral drugs before starting…

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