A main goal of treating diabetes is to lower your blood sugar to help you reach your A1C goal. Although lowering your blood sugar is important, you should be careful that it does not go too low. It is also important to control your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
JANUVIA is not indicated for lowering blood pressure or managing cholesterol.
What else should you know about type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which:
- Your pancreas does not make enough insulin
- The insulin that your body makes does not work as well as it should
- Your liver makes too much sugar. When sugar (glucose) builds up in the blood, over time it can lead to serious medical problems
Managing type 2 diabetes includes:
- Making smart food choices
- Being physically active
- Taking your medicines exactly as your doctor prescribes
Know the ABCs of type 2 diabetes:
A stands for A1C
The A1C test measures the average amount of sugar that has been in your blood over the past 2 to 3 months.
- The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends an A1C goal of less than 7% for many adults with diabetes
- The A1C goal for some people may need to be higher or lower
- Ask your doctor what the right A1C goal is for you
B stands for Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the force of blood moving through your blood vessels. Many people with type 2 diabetes have high blood pressure.
- The ADA recommends a blood pressure of less than 140/90 mmHg for many adults with diabetes
- A different blood pressure goal may be right for you
- Ask your doctor what blood pressure goal is right for you
C stands for Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance in the blood. LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein) are 2 types of cholesterol in your blood.
- LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is "bad" because it narrows or blocks blood vessels. This can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke
- HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is often called "good" because it can carry "bad" cholesterol away from the walls of your arteries
- Most adults with type 2 diabetes should have their cholesterol checked when they are first diagnosed with diabetes, and then every 5 years
- Your doctor will set goals that are right for you
Lowering and controlling blood sugar may help reduce the risk of developing complications of type 2 diabetes, such as:
- heart problems
- kidney problems
JANUVIA is not approved to treat the serious problems that may result from high blood sugar.
High blood sugar can be lowered with diet and exercise and with certain medicines, when necessary. Ask your doctor if JANUVIA could significantly lower your A1C.
JANUVIA is a once-daily prescription pill that, along with diet and exercise, helps lower blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes.
JANUVIA should not be used in patients with type 1 diabetes or with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine). If you have had pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), it is not known if you have a higher chance of getting it while taking JANUVIA.
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