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Actos to Lower Blood Sugar

If you have type 2 diabetes, Actos® (pioglitazone hydrochloride) may help to lower your blood sugar. Actos is a prescription medication that can be used by itself or in combination with other medications to treat type 2 diabetes.
Studies have shown that by getting blood sugar levels under control with Actos, it may be possible to decrease the chances for developing diabetes complications, such as heart disease, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic neuropathy, and diabetic nephropathy. This prescription medication has also been shown to decrease fasting blood sugar levels by 30 to 56 mg/dL.
As part of a group of diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones (or sometimes called "glitazones"), Actos works by improving insulin sensitivity. This means that this medication helps your body to use its natural insulin better, which, in turn, helps to lower blood sugar and keep it under better control.
(Click Actos for a complete overview of using Actos to lower blood sugar levels. This article also discusses the effectiveness of this medication, possible side effects, and what to tell your healthcare provider before beginning this diabetes treatment.)
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