Welchol is a unique medication fom Daiichi Sankyo that treats both high blood sugar levels and high levels of “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. You can save on the cost of your prescription at the pharmacy with the help of the website MyRxCoupons.com
About Welchol, high blood sugar
and high “bad” (LDL) cholesterol
People with type 2 diabetes need to manage both their blood sugar (A1C) and cholesterol (LDL-C). The good news is that Welchol helps treat both.
When added to metformin, a sulfonylurea, or insulin, Welchol further reduces blood sugar levels. When used with a statin, Welchol helps lower LDL-C more than a statin alone.
Welchol works in the digestive tract so it is not broken down in the liver or kidneys—which is important for patients taking multiple medications. Success in treating diabetes and cholesterol is not measured by how many pills you take. It’s measured by the results you get—and keep.
What is blood sugar? Your body breaks down the carbohydrates in the food you eat into a sugar. This sugar is called glucose. The measure of this sugar is called the blood glucose level. Your blood carries glucose to the cells in your body.
What causes high blood sugar levels? The cells in your body change glucose into energy using a hormone called insulin. Your pancreas makes this hormone. Sometimes your cells do not change glucose into energy as they should. This may happen because the cells in your body, such as those in your muscles, liver, and fat, do not use insulin the right way. It may also happen because your body is not producing enough insulin. Then glucose stays in your blood and causes high sugar levels. Your cells do not get the energy they need. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a disease in which blood sugar levels are too high.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests healthy blood sugar levels. For patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus, healthy blood sugar levels are 70 to 130 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) before meals and less than 180 mg/dL at 1 to 2 hours after starting meals. A way your healthcare provider measures your blood sugar level is through the hemoglobin A1C test. It shows your average blood glucose level over the last 3 months. It is the best way to learn your overall blood glucose level during this time
The ADA recommends an A1C goal of less than 7%. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. You may have heard people say they have “a touch of diabetes” or “my sugar is a little high.” These words suggest that type 2 diabetes is not a serious disease. That is not correct. Type 2 diabetes is associated with many serious health problems. High blood sugar levels may cause: Blindness; Gum infections in your mouth; Heart disease; Kidney disease; Nerve disease; Poor blood flow; Stroke.
Welchol has not been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks. People with type 2 diabetes need to make healthy food choices, stay at a healthy weight, and be physically active every day. It’s important to take care of your Type 2 diabetes.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance that your bloodstream carries to the cells in your body. Your body uses cholesterol to make bile acids, which help digest food. Normally your liver makes most of the cholesterol your body needs. Some foods have cholesterol too. Your body does not need this extra cholesterol.
It is important to have the right balance of the different types of cholesterol in your body. Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). Often called bad cholesterol. It builds up over time in your blood vessels. High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). Often called good cholesterol. It helps keep bad cholesterol from building up in your blood vessels
High cholesterol levels have different causes. You can control some causes; others you cannot. Causes include: Foods you eat; Physical activity; Weight; Age; Gender; Family history; Medical history.
Controlling your level of bad cholesterol is important. High levels of bad cholesterol may cause heart disease. Bad cholesterol builds up on the walls of the blood vessels over time. The blood vessels then become narrow. This may happen to the blood vessels going to the heart and brain. The result may be a heart attack, stroke, or other diseases.
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