Taking medications helps lower your risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney damage by managing blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels in your body. Diabetes is a progressive disease so the longer you have diabetes, the more help you will need from medications to keep you and your heart, eyes and kidneys healthy.
Your healthcare provider helps by choosing the right medications for you, but you play the most important role. Make sure you understand your medication plan so you can take your medicines in the right way and at the right time, every day.
Talk to your diabetes care team to learn more about the skills and actions needed to better reach your health goals. These conversations may include whether the medication’s value to your heart outweighs its cost; and will the expected improvement in blood glucose balance the potential emotional stress of taking another medication.
You can also download resources on role medications play in diabetes management and also some tips on how to remember to take your medications as prescribed and sample questions to ask your doctor about any new medications you are prescribed.