Synjardy is a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. It combines two proven complementary diabetes medicines: empagliflozin (Jardiance) and metformin.
Empagliflozin (Jadiance) is a SGLT2 inhibitor, a relatively new category of drugs used to remove excess sugar from the body through urination. Metformin is the go-to drug prescribed for type 2 diabetes as it lowers glucose production in the liver and also causes your intestines to absorb less glucose. Drugs can’t succeed on their own which is why it’s extremely necessary to combine treatment with diet and exercise.
Synjardy allows you to benefit from both drugs to lower both A1C and blood sugar. Clinical trials have showed that people taking Jardiance (empagliflozin) in addition to Metformin benefited from A1C reductions of 0.7% and 0.8% compared to just 0.1% when taking just Metformin alone. This makes Synjardy an excellent option for those looking to combine their Metformin with another drug for extra effectiveness.
Controlling high blood sugar prevents kidney damage, nerve problems, blindness and other serious problems.
An extra perk of taking Synjardy is that though it is not specifically intended for it, it helps with weight loss and blood pressure control.
Heart disease and diabetes
Diabetes can become a life threatening disease if it’s not controlled, especially since it has a powerful effect on the heart. That’s why it’s important to keep your blood sugar levels within a safe and healthy range, as well as keeping your heart healthy. Finding the right medication can save your life.
Statistics strongly show a correlation between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Adults with type two diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes. This is because people with diabetes generally suffer from high blood pressure or abnormal levels of cholesterol. Additionally, obesity, smoking and lack of physical activity is a strong risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Those who suffer from diabetes and also have one or more of the above risk factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity or lack of physical activity), are at a greater risk of stroke or heart disease. Yet by managing these risk factors appropriately patients can avoid or delay heart disease. This is also a reason why it’s important to find the appropriate medication in order to control your A1C and glucose levels, and thereby reducing your risk of heart attack, stroke or blood clot.
All medications cause varying side effects and so it may take some time to find the best medication for your body. The most common side effects of Synjardy include a stuffy/runny nose, sore throat, nausea, urinary tract infections and female genital infections.
Speak to your doctor to see if Synjardy could be an appropriate medication for controlling your type 2 diabetes. Synjardy is not to be used for type 1 diabetes.
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