Recently, commercials targeted toward the consumer have been on TV advertising a new drug for diabetics called Farxiga. According to these commercials, Farxiga decreases serum glucose levels. Uncontrolled, high serum glucose levels are major indicators of diabetes so it makes sense that this drug would aim to lower serum glucose levels. So what makes it different from other diabetes drugs on the market? Farxiga works to alter the function of the kidneys and the body’s excretion of glucose in the urine. This drug increases kidney excretion of glucose which, in effect, decreases the serum glucose levels overall.
While drugs can be successful in managing diabetes, it is important to remember that they have risky side-effects. Diet and exercise can be as effective as drugs at decreasing serum glucose levels. Adults should get about 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week. Also, adding whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to your daily diet can help decrease risks of diabetes and help manage serum glucose levels.