What About Insulin?

Although it is a common practice to try pills before insulin, you may start on insulin based on several factors, including the following:

  • How long you have had diabetes
  • How high your blood glucose level is
  • What other medicines you take
  • Your overall health

Combination Therapy

Because diabetes pills seem to help the body use insulin better, some people take them along with insulin shots. The idea behind this "combination" therapy is to try to help insulin work better.

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  • Last Reviewed: June 7, 2013
  • Last Edited: January 3, 2014

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