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Diabetes guidelines drop Avandia

New international guidelines for type 2 diabetics no longer recommend the use of GlaxoSmithKline’s drug Avandia according to a report.

Guidelines first issued in 2006 by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association state that Avandia has been dropped as a recommended diabetes medication.

What is Avandia?

Avandia is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels by making the cells of the body more sensitive to the action of insulin.

Avandia is for people with type 2 diabetes. Avandia is sometimes used in combination with insulin or other medications, but not for treating type 1 diabetes.

Avandia dropped

Sales of Avandia have plummeted after the drug was linked to the risk of heart attack in an analysis of past clinical studies.

The latest recommendations say that lifestyle changes, including increased physical activity and loosing weight is the suggested first step to help people who have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

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