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Date: 18 May 2009

Oral Tablets

  • Oral diabetes tablets work mainly by helping the body cells to take in glucose for energy and the pancreas to produce more insulin
  • Some helps to slow down sugar absorption
  • DO NOT take tablets together with other kinds of traditional medicines.
  • If you miss a dose, DO NOT DOUBLE the next dose. Always FOLLOW the recommended dosage.
  • REMEMBER the name of your tablets and the dosage.
  • Changing from oral tablets to insulin injection - a number of Type 2 diabetics will need to change to insulin injection because the oral tablets are no longer as effective as it used to be.

Insulin Injection

  • For people whose pancreas does not produce any more insulin (Type 1) or insufficient amount of insulin (Type 2).
  • All Type 1 diabetics have to take insulin injections daily.
  • Types of Insulin - rapid acting, short acting, intermediate acting or long acting insulin.
  • Follow your insulin plan (as instructed by your doctor or nurse educator) closely.
  • TIMING your injections and meals is important - do not eat too soon or delay your meals.
  • DO NOT keep insulin in the freezer compartment of your refridgerator.
  • DO NOT inject cold insulin.
  • DO NOT shake your insulin - just roll the insulin bottle slowly between the palms of your hands.
  • If you miss an injection, DO NOT double your next dose.
  • DO NOT change insulin type without consulting your doctor or nurse educator. 

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