Sue Marshall blogs about diabetes for Desang

Doctors warned over common diabetes drugs | Life and style | BMJ Group | December 7, 2009

A quick summary of Type 2 diabetes treatments: “If you have type 2 diabetes, it means you have too much glucose in your blood. This can damage your blood vessels, causing heart attacks and strokes, as well as damage to smaller blood vessels in your kidneys, feet, and eyes. Some people with type 2 diabetes control their blood glucose through diet and exercise, but most people need diabetes medicines.

The most commonly used drugs are metformin (brand name Glucophage), and a group of medicines called sulphonylureas. Sulphonyureas include the medicines chlorpropamide, glimepiride (Amaryl), glipizide (Glibenese, Minodiab), tolbutamide, glibenclamide (Daonil, Euglucon), and gliclazide (Diamicron).

Another group called glitazones (also known as thiazolidinediones) are also used. There are two types: rosiglitazone (Avandia) and pioglitazone (Actos).

These medicines all help keep your blood glucose under control, although they work in different ways.”

via Doctors warned over common diabetes drugs | Life and style | BMJ Group.

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