Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes

Medication and insulin

People with type 2 diabetes are often given tablets and/or injections to help manage their blood glucose levels. Any medication needs to be used in combination with a healthy diet and regular physical activity - it is not a substitute!


Helpful hints

  • Know the name of all your medications - it's a good idea to make a list and keep it in your wallet
  • Know the correct dose of your medications
  • Understand how your medications work
  • Know the correct time to take your medications
  • Know the side effects that your medications may cause


Complementary medicines

Complementary medicines complement rather than replace conventional medications and include herbal, traditional, natural and alternative preparations. They need to meet Australian Government standards for quality and safety, but not for effectiveness.  Talk to your diabetes health care team if you are considering alternative medications.

Medication and type 2 diabetes