Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Drug For Diabetics

Word has it that a new drug is awaiting the FDA approval for type 2 diabetics. Upon approval, this new drug will be called Victoza. In clinical trials it was proven to outdo Byetta. One draw back for Byetta is that it tends to make many patients nauseous. Victoza did cause some nausea, but that side effect went away a lot quicker then what was experienced with Byetta.

Another reason for type 2 diabetics to smile is that with only one injection per day there was a greater reduction in the average blood sugar levels as compared to Byetta users. A few of the other benefits of this new drug is that it does not promote weight gain....(Woo Hoo!). Patients on Byetta suffered more than twice as many low blood sugar episodes compared to those on Victoza. High blood pressure tends to be another problem for diabetics, but Victoza also has shown to benefit that too.

I Am So Excited!! Great strides are being made in the treatment of Diabetes. I would love to live to see a cure for this terrible disease that touches so many lives. I see and feel the toll that Diabetes has taken on me since I was diagnosed 15 years ago. I look at my 16 year old grand daughter (Britt), and feel so much pride in how she has refused to allow type 1 diabetes to beat her down. I then say a little prayer that God will soon give someone the knowledge to find the cure.

I want to thank all of you that were concerned about my absence from blogging and the e-mails and notes that I received during that time. I just needed to walk away from posting for a little while. It had become more of an obligation for me than something that I enjoyed and looked forward to doing.

Meanwhile, we have our little veggie garden going, we have a bumper crop of birds hatching in every nook and cranny around here, and the grass keeps growing, Buddy endears himself to us more and more every day and the grand youguns keep right on a growing.

Basically........ Life is Good!!

(and it's great to be back)


Lynne said...

I'm glad you're back!

Great news about the new drug. Do you have any idea when it will be available?

Kate said...

Hi Jo,

It's sooo nice to see you posting again - Love and Hugs from the land of the Tartan on the other side of the pond.

Kate xxx.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

breaks are good, i take them once in a while. glad you are back and great info there,

farmlady said...

It's so nice to see you writing again. I understand the time it takes to write these blogs and I'm trying to decide how to cut back. Thinking I will just write 5 posts a week. We'll see.
Anyway..., Viva Victoza. One of these years Diabetes will be irradicated. Won't that be wonderful?

Mountain Mama said...

Thank God for research and the hope it gives and cures it brings.
One step at a timeand prayerfully next they will find a cure for type I, and cancer too.

I've had a pretty good crop of birds around here too. They are fun to watch.

Have a great week-end.

Mary said...

I saw this on the news and it is good news. One thing that I'm skeptical of are the side effects. They haven't mentioned those yet.

I don't take insulin but am on Avandia, which is very hard on the liver. I take it only because I have to and am hoping that this new drug will be an answer for many people.