Type 2 diabetes means the body has a problem with insulin. This causes blood sugar to get too high. Insulin is a hormone, or chemical, made by the body that is needed to change food into energy. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body either does not make enough insulin, or it doesn't use insulin as well as it should. Diabetes is treated with insulin or oral medicines (pills).

This Pills for Type 2 Diabetes Consumer Guide (in English and Spanish) can help you talk with your doctor or nurse about pills for type 2 diabetes.