Need To Know: Medicine for Diabetes

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Being diagnosed with diabetes, whether type 1 or type 2, can be shocking. However, knowing your medications and how to take them properly is very important to maintaining good health and live well with diabetes.

According to the Office of Minority Health, approximately 13.2 percent of Latinos over the age of 18 had been diagnosed with diabetes in 2010. For Latinos, who are being disproportionately affected by this epidemic, it is of utmost importance to understand the steps to take in order to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

If you have type 1 diabetes, you will be immediately started on insulin therapy. In addition, you may take other medications along with the insulin you are being prescribed.

If you have type 2 diabetes, you might be prescribed a non-insulin diabetes medication and may, down the road, start taking insulin as well.