Calm Urged for Avandia Patients
No Urgent Need to Stop Avandia, Some Experts Say; More Study Needed
Alternatives to Avandia continued...
But Meneghini still says Avandia is helping some patients.
"In terms of patients currently on the drug, if they have had a good
response in terms of blood sugar control, and no prior cardiovascular event, I
don't see why they should not continue," he says. "In those with a
history of heart trouble, maybe they should consider a change. Insulin therapy
is one of the cleanest options we have at this point in time."
And, of course, there are nondrug treatments, too.
"Avandia and Actos reduce insulin resistance. You can achieve that with
physical activity and losing weight, especially around the waist,"
Meneghini says. "These are healthy ways to achieve better blood sugar
control without side effects. This should be adopted by anybody. After all, the
mainstay of diabetes treatment is healthy weight, healthy diet, and lose some
weight if you are overweight."