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Learn more about online type 2 diabetes and prediabetes management, treatment & lifestyle intervention with HealthTap.

Geoffrey Rutledge, MD, PhD, FACMI
Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer, HealthTap

How to treat type 2 diabetes online:

Treatment of type 2 diabetes will vary depending on the severity. The treatment may include:
  • Oral diabetes medications
  • Injectable diabetes medications (insulin)
As well as personal health management which may include:
  • Monitoring your blood sugar regularly
  • Monitoring your cholesterol and blood pressure to stay close to the targets set by your doctor
  • Shifting to a healthier diet and losing weight
  • Adding more physical activity
Partner with your HealthTap doctor to treat your diabetes symptoms, manage medications and create health goals to control diabetes or reverse prediabetes, right from your phone.
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How to get type 2 diabetes medication online

Type 2 diabetes medications are not available over-the-counter. You must see a doctor to get a diabetes prescription for treatment, the good news is we can help! Your HealthTap doctor can conduct a virtual visit and if necessary, order tests and give you a diabetes prescription online - all without you having to leave the comfort of your home.*
  1. Subscribe to HealthTap and save on virtual visits and prescriptions.
  2. Start a video visit with a HealthTap doctor licensed in your state.
  3. Discuss your medical symptoms with your HealthTap doctor.
  4. If your doctor prescribes a diabetes medication for you, we will send your prescription to the local pharmacy of your choice.
  5. HealthTap shows the best prices in your area, saving our members an average of 69% on prescription medications.
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*If lab tests are ordered, you can make an in-person visit to one of our partner labs to do the tests.

Type 2 diabetes medication prescribed online

Diabetes prescriptions for drugs like metformin are not available without first seeing a doctor. There are no over-the-counter medications available. HealthTap doctors are online to help you diagnose, treat, and manage your type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes medications may include:


What causes type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes most commonly develops when the body's cells don't respond properly to insulin, which is called insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone one's pancreas makes, which helps the blood sugar in the body to be used as energy. When the body's cells don't respond normally to insulin, the pancreas will in turn make even more insulin in an attempt to get the cells to respond. The pancreas eventually cannot make enough insulin, and the blood sugar will rise as the person goes into the stage of prediabetes, which then leads to type 2 diabetes.

Our board-certified doctors are here to answer any questions you may have and help you manage your type 2 diabetes. Schedule an appointment with a HealthTap primary care physician today.

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Frequently asked questions about type 2 diabetes

How do you manage type 2 diabetes?

The management of type 2 diabetes can include:
  • Blood sugar monitoring
  • Healthy eating
  • Regular exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Medication
  • Insulin therapy

What are early symptoms of diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can often develop in the body slowly over time. In many cases a person could be living with diabetes for many years before realizing the symptoms are there. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes can include:
  • Frequent infections
  • Increased thirst
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Areas of darkened skin, usually in the armpits and neck
If you are experiencing these symptoms, our HealthTap doctors can help. Schedule an appointment today.

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes refers to the body having a higher than normal blood sugar level. It is not yet high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes, but without a proper lifestyle and health adjustment, a person is at a higher risk to develop type 2 diabetes.

What are symptoms of prediabetes?

Prediabetes doesn't usually show symptoms, though one potential sign of prediabetes can be darkened skin on some parts of the body. These areas include the neck, elbows, knees, knuckles, and armpits.

What should a type 2 diabetes meal plan include?

You will want to speak to your primary care doctor or nutritionist to create a specific plan that is right for you. Type 2 diabetes meal plans most commonly should include:
  • Lean proteins
  • Minimally-processed carbohydrates
  • Non-starchy vegetables
  • No added salt
  • No added sugars

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What's included:

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  • Lab tests and specialist referrals
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Geoffrey Rutledge, MD, PhD, FACMI

Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer, HealthTap

Dr. Rutledge is a double-board certified physician who practiced and taught medicine for more than 25 years. He attended medical school at McGill University in Montreal, then completed residency training in Internal Medicine at UCSD, and was certified by the boards of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He earned a PhD in medical computer science from Stanford, was an NIH-funded researcher, and served on clinical and teaching faculty at Harvard, Stanford, and UCSD medical schools. Before co-founding HealthTap, he created the first consumer health website and PHR at Healtheon/WebMD, was SVP of clinical transformation at First Consulting Group, CMIO at San Mateo Medical Center, and EVP, Product Development and Chief Medical Officer at Epocrates.