Actos (Pioglitazone) and Weight Gain
What is Actos (Pioglitazone)?
Actos is a once daily oral tablet that is used to control high amounts of blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. The brand name of Actos is Pioglitazone. The drug works in the body by improving the way it responds to insulin. Insulin is a natural hormone produced by the beta cells that helps to regulate blood glucose levels.
Does Actos cause weight gain?
Using Actos to control blood sugars can lead to undesirable effects like weight gain. Clinical research shows that pioglitazone can lead to a dramatic increase in water retention, ultimately leading to weight gain. The research also showed that Pioglitazone that is taken in higher dose could lead to more weight gain compared to Actos taken in a smaller dose. Researchers found that 75% of the weight gained is from water retention. It is important to note that the extra weight gain is linked to congestive heart failure.
Managing Actos weight gain
Luckily, there are certain measures you can take to manage weight gain as a result of taking Actos. The most common is to eat a healthy diet that includes many fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. You can also add proteins, such as fish, beans, nuts, and eggs. It is also recommended you stay physically active, so that you can burn more calories than you are consuming. A 30-minute moderate workout 5 days a week is a good starting point. In case lifestyle changes cannot manage your weight, your health-care provider may need to change your medication.
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