Do you suffer from diabetes? While diabetes cannot be easily cured, there are plenty of things you can do to manage it. New medications are always available to help patients effectively mange diabetes so that the condition does not worsen. For some patients the older medications work just fine, but other patients may require a newer, different approach to managing diabetes. Because no one drug works best for everyone, finding the right drug for you may pose a challenge. Nevertheless, with the advancement of medicine, new diabetes treatments may be able to help you. Therefore, it is important to keep an open mind and try new drugs that have already helped so many patients. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, read on to learn more about new options for managing diabetes in 2018.
Among the newest insulin glargine injection options available, Basaglar comes as a 100units/mL injection. It is a long-acting insulin injection that helps control high blood sugar throughout the day, preventing complication from diabetes such as kidney damage, nerve damage, blindness, sexual dysfunction and loss of limbs. While the medication works for both children and adults with type 1 diabetes, it only works for type 2 diabetes in adult patients. Best of all the medication only needs to be taken once per day, but should be taken around the same time each day. Thanks to ultra-fine needles, you’ll barely feel your injection. It should also be noted that injections should be put in the fridge to preserve them. Side effects are typical of most insulin injections, which includes pain or redness at the site of injection.
For those that can’t stand needles, Afrezza is a terrific new inhaled insulin therapy option. In the form of an inhaled powder, Afrezza is a fast-acting medication that starts reducing blood sugar levels in a matter of 12 minutes, peaking at around 40 minutes. In order for this medication to be effective, it should be taken during meal times such as breakfast, lunch or dinner. However, rarely is the medication used in place of a long-acting insulin medication, so you may be taking multiple medications during the day. To take the medication, you use a provided inhaler and insert the insulin cartridges into the inhaler for delivering your prescribed dose.
Last but not least, one newly available diabetes pill may work wonders for patients who suffer from both diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Under the name-brand Jardiance, empagliflozin comes in 10mg or 25mg tablets. It can effectively manage type 2 diabetes while also reducing the risk of cardiovascular death in adults. For maximum effectiveness, it is recommended that patients taking this medicine also incorporate diet and exercise in their daily lives. After a three-year trial with over 2,000 test subjects, the drug was found to reduce cardiovascular death risk and was found to lower A1C levels in most patients. Taken by mouth, with or without food, side effects may be minimal and include light headedness and dizziness. Because frequent urination is also a common side effect, it is important to drink plenty of water in order to avoid dehydration.