Actos is a prescription medication that is taken once a day for Type 2 Diabetes. It is used as part of a healthy diet and exercise routine to help the body to control the blood sugar levels. Actos also helps to make the cells in the body more sensitive to insulin, which is the hormone manufactured by the pancreas that lets body cells use blood sugar for energy. The generic name for Actos is pioglitazone.
The main problems with type 2 diabetes are the insulin resistance in muscle and fat, the reduced insulin production by the pancreas and the increased sugar production by the liver. When the cells of the body are more sensitive to insulin, the blood sugar can pass easily into the cells where the body needs it. This means that the blood sugar passes into the cells instead of staying in the blood and building up to dangerous levels and the blood sugar levels drop. Certain other diabetes medications, such as sulfonylureas, metformin or insulin, can be used in conjunction with Actos when the patient cannot control their blood sugar levels with diet and exercise.