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Metaglip Alternatives: Insulin and Other Injectable Diabetes Medications

Many different types of insulin and other injectable medications are available for type 2 diabetes, including:
 
  • Insulin
  • Incretin mimetics
  • Amylin analogues.
     
Insulin
Different insulins are available, including short-, rapid-, long-, or intermediate-acting insulins.
 
Incretin Mimetics
There are four incretin mimetics available: exenatide (Byetta®), long-acting exenatide (Bydureon®), iraglutide (Victoza®), and dulaglutide (Trulicity™). They work by acting like the hormone incretin in the body, increasing insulin production and slowing digestion. Byetta is taken twice daily, while Victoza is taken once daily, and Bydureon and Trulicity are both taken just once a week. All are taken as an injection just under the skin (subcutaneous injection).
  
Amylin Analogues
Only one amylin analogue is available, called pramlintide (Symlin®). This medication works like the hormone amylin in the body, increasing insulin production, slowing down digestion, decreasing the production of glucose by the liver, and reducing appetite.
 

Metaglip Alternatives: Lifestyle Changes

Many lifestyle changes have been shown to be effective in controlling type 2 diabetes (especially early type 2 diabetes). These lifestyle changes include:
 
 
In fact, these changes are important for all people with type 2 diabetes, including people taking diabetes medications.
 
In some people, lifestyle changes alone may not be enough to adequately control type 2 diabetes. For these people, medications (including oral and injectable medications) may be necessary.
 
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