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Using Glucovance for Type 1 Diabetes

Most people, including those with type 2 diabetes, make insulin in their pancreas. However, if a person has type 1 diabetes, his or her body does not make insulin (or does not make enough to control blood sugar levels). Glucovance is a medicine that causes the cells inside the pancreas to make more insulin. If insulin-producing cells do not work -- as is the case with type 1 diabetes -- Glucovance will not be very effective. This is the reason that Glucovance is not used to treat type 1 diabetes. Instead, a person with type 1 diabetes needs to take insulin medication.

Glucovance as Part of Diabetes Treatment

The main goal of any diabetes treatment is to lower your blood sugar levels (as measured by your hemoglobin A1c [HbA1c]) enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to diabetes (see Diabetes Complications).
Any type 2 diabetes treatment begins with lifestyle changes (such as weight loss, a diabetic diet, and exercise). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective at managing diabetes, diabetes drugs, such as Glucovance, may be necessary.
(To learn about controlling diabetes through lifestyle choices, click on the links below:

Glucovance Use in Children

Glucovance is not recommended for use in children, since it has not been adequately studied in children. Talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Glucovance for type 2 diabetes in children.
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