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These medications help to moderately reduce blood sugar levels and generally don’t cause weight gain.
GLP-1 receptor agonists
These medications slow digestion and help lower blood sugar levels, but are not recommended to be used alone. Possible side effects for GLP-1 receptor agonists include nausea and an increased risk for pancreatitis
Insulin therapy works to help maintain blood sugar levels within your target range. Insulin is administered in the fat under your skin rather than orally. Usually a syringe, insulin pen or insulin pump is used, and the type of insulin used varies.
These are fast-acting medications that encourage the body to secrete more insulin. Because they are fast acting, melitinides don’t stay active in the body for as long and have a risk of causing low blood sugar.
Metformin improves the sensitivity of your body tissues to insulin so your body uses it more effectively. This medication also lowers glucose production in the liver and should be used in combination with weight loss and increased activity.
SGL T2 inhibitors
SGL T2 inhibitors are medications that work by preventing the kidneys from reabsorbing sugar in the blood and instead excreting sugar in the urine.
These help the body to effectively secrete more insulin.
Thiazolidinediones make the body’s tissues more sensitive to insulin, but have been linked to weight gain and other serious side effects.