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In general, type 2 diabetes treatment begins with lifestyle changes (for example, weight loss, exercise, and diet). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective at managing diabetes, medication (such as pioglitazone and metformin) may be necessary.
The main goal of diabetes medicine is to lower blood sugar levels enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to diabetes, such as heart, nerve, eye, or kidney problems. Because pioglitazone and metformin can lower blood sugar levels, people may be able to lower their risk for developing these and other problems related to high blood sugar.
For most people, pioglitazone and metformin is quite effective at controlling blood sugar. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, you may need to combine pioglitazone and metformin with another diabetes medication, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin. You may also wish to consider a substitute for pioglitazone and metformin. These substitutes could include other combination medications or a different type of diabetes medication.
(Click Actoplus Met Alternatives to learn more.)
For more information about controlling diabetes through lifestyle choices, click any of the following eMedTV links:
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