Non-Insulin Injectable FAQ
Considering non-insulin injectables can be a scary step for many type 2 diabetes patients. You might wonder about trying other pills. But if your doctor has brought up non-insulin injectables, think of them as a faster, arguably more convenient way of managing your diabetes. Here are some questions you might have with the answers you need.
Non-insulin injectable medications encourage the body’s natural functions to produce more insulin or to use insulin more effectively. They may be prescribed when oral medications have become less effective in managing blood glucose.
There are a number of different types of non-insulin injectables. Newer forms of this drug mimic a hormone called amylin, which is a hormone that helps the body control blood glucose levels. Other types stimulate the pancreas to trigger insulin releases when blood glucose levels rise.
Diabetes, by nature, is a progressive disease. While there are steps you can take to better manage your condition, it’s important to know diabetes affects each person uniquely, and each person needs to treat it in a way that works best for them. For many people with type 2, over time, diabetes pills may stop working and that’s when non-insulin injectables may need to be considered, along with other treatment plans – but that does not necessarily mean you have failed in diabetes management.
There are both potentially good and bad side effects of using non-insulin injectables. Common ones include nausea and vomiting. A possible good side effect is weight loss. Read about the facts on the side effects of non-insulin injectables, here.
This depends. Older non-insulin injectables need to be taken twice a day before breakfast and dinner, while some need to be taken once a day. Newer non-insulin injectables are more attractive as they only require an injection once a week – much more convenient than remembering pills or twice a day injections.