Amy Shults RDN, CDN, CDE
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Certified Diabetes Educator

December 10, 2019

Tired of injecting multiple medications into your body to help manage your blood sugars? Wouldn’t it be convenient if they could be administered all in the same injection? Enter fixed ratio combination drugs! Similar to how premixed insulins are a combination of basal...

August 13, 2019

Premixed insulin is a product that contains two different kinds of insulin, basal and bolus, all in one injection. It comes premixed and ready to go in either a vial or insulin pen. This means that all of your insulin needs will be met with just one product. Some peopl...

April 9, 2019

Pioglitazone (Actos) and Rosiglitazone (Avandia) are part of the drug class called thiazolidinesdiones, or TZDs for short. They work by decreasing insulin resistance and decreasing how much glucose is being produced in the liver. You may not notice a significant improv...

December 11, 2018

There are many different types of insulin on the market, and they can generally be categorized into two different kinds: basal or bolus. Basal insulin is a "background" insulin which controls blood sugars all day long. Bolus insulin (also called mealtime or prandial in...

August 15, 2018

Alpha-Glucosidase Inhibitors, or simply AGIs, include Acarbose (Precose) and Miglitol (Glyset). AGIs aid in stabilizing blood sugars by reducing the amount of sugar absorbed by small intestines.

These drugs are not commonly used in the United States, but they may b...

April 10, 2018

Not all insulins are created equally! There are several different kinds and strengths as well as different ways they can be taken.

Insulin is typically categorized as either basal or bolus. Basal insulin is a "background" insulin, which controls blood sugars all day lon...

December 12, 2017

Meglitinides are not the most popular of diabetes medications, but they are still an option. They work similarly to sulfonylureas, stimulating the pancreas to produce more insulin. They are less likely to cause low blood sugars compared to sulfonylureas, so they may be...

October 10, 2017

Insulin is a hormone our bodies produce to keep our blood sugars from going too high. Insulin is made and secreted by beta cells in our pancreas. People with type 1 diabetes do not produce any insulin at all, so they need to inject themselves with insulin regularly to...

August 8, 2017

Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors, more commonly known as DPP-4 Inhibitors, include Januvia, Onglyza, Tradjenta, and Nesina.

DPP-4 inhibitors prevent the breakdown of hormones that help lower blood sugars. They do not cause low blood sugars, but if you are taking insuli...

June 13, 2017

SGLT2 Inhibitors are the new guys in town in terms of diabetes drugs. The FDA approved the first SGLT2 inhibitor to be sold in the US in 2013. Drugs in this class include Canagliflozin (Invokana), Dapagliflozin (Farxiga) and Empagliflozin (Jardiance).

These drugs w...

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Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only. It should not be a substitute for individual advice from a health care professional. Talk with your physician, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and/or Certified Diabetes Educator about what is best for you and your health.

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