||Podcast: Diabetes Pills Use Up - Insulin Use
Debra: From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, I’m Debra
James with Healthcare 411. Information for better health.
More Americans are treating their diabetes with pills instead of insulin. AHRQ
data shows over that the last decade there’s been a 28 percent increase in the
number of diabetics using pills to manage their condition. And the proportion of
people taking insulin to control their diabetes has decreased. AHRQ pharmacist
Dr. Carmen Kelly:
Dr. Kelly: People with diabetes -- especially type 2 diabetes -- have
several options to manage their condition, including pills which some people may
use to control their blood sugar. AHRQ offers a free guide for consumers that
helps them better understand several kinds of diabetes pills, how well they work
for adults with type 2 diabetes, and their side effects. This information can be
very helpful when talking with your doctor about which treatment option is best
Debra: Learn more online at
effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov. Healthcare 411 is a production of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services.