Medicines for type 2 diabetes-related health problems

People with type 2 diabetes often have other health problems as well, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which means they are at greater risk of the complications of diabetes, such as blood clots, heart attack or stroke. So, even if you are taking medicines to control your diabetes, you may also need to take medicines for these conditions, as well as adopting lifestyle changes.The medicines people might need to take for type 2 diabetes-related problems include:

  • medicines to lower fats (triglycerides) and cholesterol in the blood
  • medicines to treat high blood pressure
  • aspirin to prevent further heart and circulatory (cardiovascular) problems.

Controlling high blood pressure is as important as controlling blood glucose

One of the common complications of diabetes is vascular disease, which affects the large and small blood vessels (arteries) that carry blood around the body. Vascular disease can affect your sight, your kidney function and your nerves. If you have diabetes and high blood pressure, your risk of getting vascular disease is much higher than people without diabetes (up to six times higher).

It is therefore very important to make sure your blood pressure is well controlled to lower your risk of getting vascular disease. You can do this by:

  • following a healthy diet
  • quitting smoking
  • taking physical exercise
  • cutting down on salt
  • limiting alcohol.

Your doctor may also recommend that you take medicines to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol.

Managing multiple conditions can mean that you are taking several medicines. So understanding how to manage your diabetes medicines well and what help is available can help you feel more in control of your health.

Phone for medicines information

Call Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) to get information about your prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines (herbal, 'natural', vitamins and mineral supplements) from a pharmacist. Your call will be answered by healthdirect Australia (except Queensland and Victoria).