I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 11 years ago and I have always tried to have my diabetes in good control. My highest A1c level ever was 7.7%, and it is currently 6.8%. I am always looking for new ways to treat my diabetes.
Recently, I have seen all these ads for Avandia, Actos, and metformin. Are they useful in type 1 diabetes? Some time ago I heard that metformin might be good at lowering fasting blood glucose.
Unless you have a large insulin requirement and a family history of type 2 diabetes, I would suggest these drugs offer little chance for improving your already very good results with insulin. These agents have been studied in type 1 diabetes, and they have a minor benefit of a less than 1% improvement in hemoglobin A1c.
Original posting 5 Jun 2001
Posted to Pills for Diabetes
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:20
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