Diabetes medication is an important part of managing your blood sugar levels.  Without it you could suffer a stroke, coma, seizure, or even death. It is not only important to take you medication on schedule and as prescribed by your doctor, it is also important to know about you medications and how they work.

Sometimes diet and exercise are not enough to keep your blood sugar at a safe level. Therefore, diabetes medications must be used. Insulin and other types of diabetes medication are designed to lower your blood sugar levels. The diabetes medication will not be effective if you do not take the proper dose and do not time it in coordination with your meals, activity, and other medications. It is important that you take your diabetes medication even if you feel good. If you cannot afford your medication or you are having side effects with your medication, do not hesitate to tell your doctor. Also, tell your doctor if your medications have caused your blood sugar to drop too low, as an adjustment in timing or dosage may be needed.

When traveling with diabetes you should always plan ahead. According to WebMD.com you should keep a list of you diabetes medication with you at all times. You should also be sure to bring enough medication and supplies with you when you are traveling. Also, it is suggested that when traveling you should carry copies of your prescriptions with you and bring all of your medicines, syringes, and testing supplies in your carry-on bag. Wearing a medical I.D. bracelet or necklace is also highly recommended so that if an emergency occurs people will know that you have diabetes.


Diabetes without Medication


In type 1, diabetes medication management is extremely important. At the very least, insulin injections are needed for your body to function right. In type 2 diabetes, living without diabetes medication is possible. However, many people with type 2 diabetes find that they need diabetes medication even when they put forth their best efforts.

If a person with type 2 diabetes can keep their blood glucose levels without medications, they keep their weight down, exercise regularly, and follow a healthy meal plan a person may be able to manage their disease without diabetes medication.

If you are able to steady your blood sugar levels, you still must seek treatment. You must continue to monitor your blood sugar levels, get routine eye and foot exams, and get your cholesterol and blood pressure tested often. Continuing to readily see your doctor is even more important if you decide to proceed without medication. Finally, if your doctor recommends that you take or continue taking diabetes medication it is advisable for you to follow their advice.