Welcome to WADE, The Washington Association of Diabetes Educators


There are several types of medications that are often recommended for people with diabetes. Insulin, pills that lower your blood sugar, aspirin, blood pressure medication, cholesterol-lowering medication, or a number of others may work together to help you lower your blood sugar levels, reduce your risk of complications and help you feel better.

Your medications come with specific instructions for use—and they can affect your body differently depending on when and how you take them. It may take a while to figure out which medicines work best with your body. So it’s important for you to pay attention to how you feel and how your body reacts to each new medicine or treatment. It’s up to you to tell your pharmacist, doctor, nurse practitioner, or diabetes educator if you’ve noticed any side effects.

The information on this page has been reviewed by Kaylyn Nelson, Phram D, CDE

The information and links on this website are not a substitute for comprehensive education you will receive from diabetes educator.  Find an educator and program near you

The Basics

[PDF: Oral (pills) ]

[PDF: Patient Assistance Programs Saving Money on Your Diabetes Medicine]

[PDF: What Is Insulin?]

[WEBSITE: Insulin Basics]

[PDF:  My Medication Profile]

[PDF: Insulin Discussion Guide]

[PDF:  Making Your Medications Easier to Manage]

[PDF:  How to Make Medications Safer]

[WEBSITE: Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for Diabetes]

[WEBSITE: Oral Medication, Can Pills Help Me, What are My Options?, Danger interactions]

Oral Medication for Diabetes

[VIDEO: Metformin ]

[PDF: Options for Oral Medications]

[PDF: Consumer Reports: choosing Oral Medications]

[WEBSITE: Pill Identifier]



[PDF: Insulin Types]

[PDF:  How to Give a Painless Injection]

[PDF: Using an Insulin Pen]

[PDF:  Insulin Pumps, pros and cons]

[PDF:  Taking more than 200 units of Insulin a Day?]

[PDF:  Suggested pre meal insulin corrective Scale]

[VIDEO: How to Give an Insulin Shot]

[VIDEO:  How to use FlexPen NovoNordisk]

[PDF: Diabetes and Insulin] [WEBSITE: If you need insulin therapy, here's how to minimize or avoid weight gain] [WEBSITE: Insulin Pumps] [WEBSITE: Alternative Devices for Taking Insulin]
[PDF: Premixed Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes]      

Other Injected Medications  (not insulin)

[WEBSITE: Byetta, Victoza and Bydureon. Can they really help people who have diabetes lose weight? Are there side effects?]

[WEBSTE: Victoza]

[WEBSITE: What is Glucagon?]






For Diabetes Educators

[PDF:  Clinical Guide Comparing Oral Medications for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes]

[PDF: Reseach Guide Comparing Medications for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes]

[VIDEOS: 55 short videos from the National Diabetes Education Program]

dLife Videos (topics on all AADE 7 from Healthy Eating to Reducing Risk)