Frequently Asked Questions

19. What kinds of medication do people take for diabetes?

Controlling blood glucose (blood sugar) is the best defense against the serious complications of diabetes. Insulin and diabetes pills are the two kinds of medicines used to lower blood glucose.

You need insulin if your body has stopped making insulin or if it doesn't make enough. Everyone with type 1 diabetes needs insulin, and many people with type 2 diabetes do, too. If your body makes insulin but the insulin doesn't lower your blood glucose, you may need diabetes pills.