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Symlin Uses for Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is sometimes called adult-onset diabetes or non-insulin-dependent diabetes. The condition is common, much more common than type 1 diabetes. The cause of type 2 diabetes is not fully understood, although it is known that obesity and genetics play an important role.
Unlike type 1 diabetes, the pancreas produces enough insulin in people who have type 2 diabetes. However, the problem is that the cells of the body do not respond to insulin as well as they normally should. As a result, they do not remove sugar (glucose) from the blood very well. This is why people with type 2 diabetes have high blood sugar.
Over time, high blood sugar can lead to a number of problems, including diabetic impotence, diabetic neuropathy, kidney failure, and heart disease (see Diabetes Complications). Eventually, the pancreas may also become damaged from having to produce so much insulin over a long period of time.
People with damage to the pancreas need to take insulin, as the pancreas can no longer produce enough of it. Researchers have discovered that when the pancreas stops producing insulin, it also stops making amylin. As mentioned, Symlin acts like amylin and helps to lower blood sugar levels after meals and reduce the amount of insulin people need to take.
A balanced treatment plan for type 2 diabetes should include a diet and exercise plan (see Diabetic Diet and Diabetes and Exercise). Discuss any dietary or exercise changes you should make with your healthcare provider.

Symlin Uses in Children

It is not known if Symlin is safe or effective for use in children. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug to treat diabetes in children.
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