DEAR DOCTOR K: I have Type 2 diabetes and my doctor wants to prescribe medication. Fortunately, he says I don't need shots, just pills. What are the different pills for Type 2 diabetes?
DEAR READER: No one likes needles, but the needles used to give yourself insulin are very small, and the shots are very easy to administer. But for Type 2 diabetes, it is true that pills are often all that are needed. In Type 2 diabetes, like the less common Type 1, blood glucose (sugar) levels are too high.