Researchers at University of Colorado have revealed that using a combination of two drugs instead of just one could be an effective way of keeping the blood sugar levels within normal range in children.
The researchers said that combining metformin with Avandia, or rosiglitazone, could be more effective in reducing blood sugar levels compared to using metformin alone. However researchers added that they do not recommend using Avandia as it has been linked to increased risk of heart attacks.
Around 700 obese children aged between 10 and 17 years took part in the study. All of the participants had type 2 diabetes and the researchers divided them into three groups, with each group receiving either metformin alone, metformin plus Avandia or metformin along with intensive lifestyle changes.
The researchers found that just 38.6 percent of those who had taken both metformin and Avandia struggled to keep their blood sugar levels under control compared to 51.7 percent of those who had taken just metformin and 46.6 percent of those who had made lifestyle changes along with taking metformin.