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Are There Starlix Uses for Type 1 Diabetes?

Most people produce insulin in their pancreas, including those with type 2 diabetes. However, with type 1 diabetes, the body does not make insulin (or not enough to control blood sugar levels). Starlix causes the cells inside the pancreas to make more insulin, but if insulin-producing cells do not work, as is the case with type 1 diabetes, Starlix will not be effective. This is why it is not used to treat type 1 diabetes. Instead, insulin medication is needed.
 

Starlix Uses 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 for developing problems related to diabetes (see Diabetes Complications).
 
Any treatment for type 2 diabetes begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, dietary changes, and exercise). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in managing diabetes, medications such as Starlix may be necessary.
 
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Starlix Uses in Children

Starlix has not been adequately studied in children; therefore, its use is not recommended. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Starlix in children with type 2 diabetes.
 

Off-Label Starlix Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Starlix for something other than the condition discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for Starlix.
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