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Fatigue, increased thirst and hunger, blurry vision, and frequent trips to the bathroom are signs that you should not ignore as you may be a type 2 diabetic and not realize it. A simple blood test can tell you if your blood sugar is high and you need medication to lower it. Some individuals are able to control type 2 diabetes by eating healthier, losing weight, staying active, and giving up cigarettes, but there is no cure for diabetes and you may be required to start taking Diabeta or other antidiabetic medication before long.
Diabeta or generic Glyburide is a type of oral diabetes medicine known as a sulfonylureas medication. It is only prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes as your pancreas is still able to produce some insulin which is needed for Diabeta medication to work. Diabeta binds to certain proteins in your pancreas. This triggers a sequence of events in your cells that results in the beta cells in your pancreas increasing insulin production. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
This means your body has enough insulin to ‘unlock’ cells in your body so glucose can enter and be stored for energy. Without insulin, the glucose reenters your bloodstream and raises your glucose levels. Eventually, your pancreas will tire of producing insulin and you will be required to take insulin injections to keep your blood sugar under control.
After you eat a meal, the food is broken down by your digestive system so that nutrients will become smaller and simpler molecules that are then absorbed into your bloodstream. Glucose is one of the nutrients absorbed and as concentrations of it increase, your pancreas is signaled to release insulin so it can being the process of storing glucose to be used for energy.
With time, the beta cells in your pancreas no longer make insulin. Instead of glucose entering the cells, it builds up in tissues and can cause damage to your eyes, kidneys, and heart. Sulphonylureas medications such as Glyburide lower blood sugar levels by causing the release of your body’s natural insulin.
Ask your doctor about the safety of taking Diabeta if you are pregnant, trying to conceive, or are breast feeding. Provide your doctor with a complete list of other medical conditions or allergies you have and discuss any OTC or Rx meds you currently take or use, including herbal medicine and dietary or vitamin supplements. This will help your doctor determine if Diabeta is the best medicine for you.
Be aware of the risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), including fatigue, sweating, irritability, and shakiness, when taking Diabeta. You should always keep a source of sugar with you in case this happens, such as a non-diet pop, orange juice, a piece of hard candy, or glucose tablets to quickly bring your blood glucose levels up.
Alcohol consumption should be limited while taking Diabeta or Glyburide generic, as the risk of developing low blood sugar is increased. Treatment with Diabeta may make you more sensitive to the sun. You should limit your exposure and wear sunscreen in addition to protective clothing.