Best Mediation to Lower Blood Sugar, Treat Diabetes and Protect your Heart

Metformin is usually considered the drug of choice for new cases of Type 2 diabetes. Some studies have suggested acarbose could be equally effective at lowering blood sugar and protecting your heart from disease. The latest study, published in January 2015, found different results.

Investigators at Taiwan National University in Taipei compared Type 2 diabetics initially started on acarbose with those started on metformin. Their study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in January 2015, included 17,366 acarbose-treated diabetics and 230,023 metformin-treated diabetics.

the newly diagnosed diabetics treated with acarbose were 5 percent more likely to have heart attacks and strokes, and 8 percent more likely to suffer strokes than the diabetics treated with metformin.

From these results it was concluded metformin is the better choice because of its slightly greater protective effect on the heart and blood vessels.

On the other hand, a report in Current Opinions in Lipidology in December 2014, concluded the protective effect metformin has on the heart and blood vessels could be purely due to lowered blood sugar levels. According to scientists at Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, clinical studies treating non-diabetics with metformin did not appear to prevent heart and blood vessel disease. Time and more research will undoubtedly resolve this important question.

Anyone diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes can go a long way toward preventing heart and blood vessel disease by:

  • Eating a healthful diet
  • Normalizing their weight
  • Watching salt consumption
  • Keeping their blood sugar levels and blood pressure under control, and
  • Getting adequate exercise

In several studies vegan and vegetarian diets have proven helpful for preventing and controlling diabetes mellitus. Body mass index (BMI) should not be over 24.9. If it is 25 or over, it is important that you see your doctor for a sensible dietary and exercise weight loss plan.

Also, when you crave sweets, make sure you eat fruits only. Then ensure that you take regular exercise, park your car at the outside perimeter of the parking lot and walk into the building to cram a little walking into your schedule, walk up stairs instead of taking the elevator if you are fit enough.

Whichever drug you are prescribed, be sure to take it faithfully. High blood pressure is a frequent problem in most people with Type 2 diabetes. The same weight loss, low-fat diet and exercise program recommended for Type 2 diabetes is also good for treating high blood pressure. Compliance with blood pressure medications is frequently a problem for patients. Take them when they are needed, but a good diet and exercise program can sometimes take away the need for medication.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, diabetes and irregular blood pressure is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

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