Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, and therefore additional medication will need to be added to your treatment regimen over time. Most people with type 2 diabetes will start treatment with oral tablets in combination with healthy eating and exercise, but over time, the majority of people with type 2 diabetes will also need to inject insulin.

Because type 2 diabetes has 2 components, insulin resistance (where the body’s cells cannot use the insulin properly), and insulin deficiency (where the beta-cells produce less and less insulin over time), people with type 2 diabetes often treated with more than one medication.

Oral Agents (Oral-Anti-diabetic agents):

These are tablets that are used to treat diabetes.  There are different types of tablets that work of different aspects of diabetes. The 2 most commonly used oral drugs used in South Africa to treat type 2 diabetes are called: Sensitizers and Secretagogues.