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Diabetes Medications - Insulin - Pills

Diabetes Medications
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Medications are very important to keep diabetes under control and delay or avoid complications.

People with type 1 diabetes must replace the insulin their body does not produce. Some people with type 2 diabetes may use diet and exercise only, but others need the additional help of pills, insulin or a combination of both.

Women with gestational diabetes need to use insulin if their blood glucose levels are not normal with diet and exercise. They should not take pills because these cross the placenta affecting the baby. Insulin only works in mommy's body and does not affect the baby at all.

However, it doesn't matter if you need insulin, pills or both, the most important thing is to keep near normal values of blood glucose to prevent and delay complications and live well with diabetes.