A Future By Design Understand Your Diabetes Meds Better Than Your Doctor

It’s time to stop feeling overwhelmed by how many medications you are taking.  😯

Or embarrassed about not knowing what your meds are for or how they work.  😒

Or confused about which one does what.  😵

You can stop feeling dread when your doctor brings up the conversation of adding ANOTHER medication for your diabetes.


You have the right to weigh the risks versus the benefits of each one.  Especially when you WANT to know.

I am going to explain it to you here, so that you feel INFORMED and EMPOWERED.

If anyone is going to explain it, wouldn’t it make sense to hear it from a PHARMACIST?

I am a practicing clinical pharmacist working in a clinic with the very medications I am going to teach you about here.  I am the medication expert that the most challenging patient cases are referred to.

And I’m going to keep it simple for you.

Start here with this introduction video to the resources on this page:

When you are done learning about your medications, watch this video and read “Your Doctor is Not the Boss of You

This blog post gives you a nice summary of why I separate medications into 2 groups (medications that increase insulin levels versus medications that decrease insulin levels).


Two tables of medications

These are quick summaries of medications that increase insulin and medications that decrease insulin.  Open each in a new tab so you don’t loose your place.  Look at them to find your medications so you can see a quick description of pros versus cons of your meds.  Then go find each individual video for each of your meds to learn more.


Should I be checking my blood sugars all the time?


Medications NOT for Type 2 Diabetes but Often Prescribed to People with Diabetes



Atorvastatin, Rosuvastatin, Simvastatin, Lovastatin, etc.

ACE inhibitors and ARBs

Lisinopril, Benazepril, Enalapril, Quinapril, Ramipril, etc.

Losartan, Candesartan, Olmesartan, Valsartan, Irbesartan, etc.


Medications that INCREASE Insulin Levels in the Body


Lantus, Tresiba, Levemir, Toujeo, Basaglar, Humalog, Novolog, Humulin, Novolin, etc)


(Glipizide, Glyburide, Glimepiride, Gliclazide, etc)


(Pioglitazone, Rosiglitazone)


Medications that DECREASE Insulin Levels in the Body


GLP1 Agonists

(Bydureon, Byetta, Victoza, Trulicity, Ozempic, etc)

DPP4 Inhibitors

(“gliptins,” Januvia, Onglyza, Trajenta, Nesina)

SGLT2 Inhibitors

(“-flozins,” Invokana, Jardiance, Farxiga, etc)

Alpha Glucosidase Inhibitors

(Acarbose and Miglitol)