Byetta and Gila Monsters

It was November of 2005 when it was announced that a “new” diabetes treatment co-produced by Amylin and Eli Lilly had been developed. Less than a year later Byetta would hit the market in June of 2006 with approval from the FDA.

Byetta is similar to a human gut hormone, GLP-1 however Byetta is really a compound found in the venom/saliva of the Gila monster, (looks like a lizard to me!) and patiented by Dr. John Eng and later was a co-development between the two companies to help Type 2 Diabetics improve and obtain better control of their blood sugar.

I was first introduced to Byetta by my doctor who told me that one of the great side benefits of Byetta was that it greatly curb hunger and the desire to eat. “Lead me to it!” I said. Then I found out it was a twice a day injection and not a pill. I have never really been bothered by shots and with my grandfather and his daughter, my mother, both having diabetes 1 I had been around needles all my life so it was an easy decision to try the Gila saliva…

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Cinnamon & Diabetes

I have always enjoyed the taste of cinnamon and just the aroma of cinnamon in the house instantly sends me down memory lane to grandma, mom and baking… Oh for the time.

We have been hearing for years about the properties of cinnamon and the effects that it has on blood sugar levels. With just a half a teaspoon of cinnamon a diabetic can greatly reduce their blood sugar levels. It seems that the most effective way to take cinnamon is in the foods that we consume daily. Sprinkle some on oatmeal, applesauce, toast, fruit, or use a cinnamon stick as a swizzle in your coffee and tea, be creative…(Now I know what you are thinking, but going out to the local Cinn-A-Shop for one of their big gooey cinnamon rolls is not what we are talking about!!) For people who do not like cinnamon there are also cinnamon gel capsules and they can be taken with food. The active ingredient is not in cinnamon oils, but in the powdered spice which can be added to toast, cereal, juice, tea or coffee. The solution is to add cinnamon to what you would eat normally.

Tests carried out on a controled group of type 2 diabetes volunteers showed that within weeks their blood sugar levels had been reduced on a average of 20% with some of the volunteers reaching normal blood sugar levels. When the volunteers stopped taking the cinnamon they showed signs of increased blood sugar levels.

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Byetta Offers New Option for Diabetes 2 Patients

Over 18 million people in the USA have diabetes with the majority of diabetics having Type 2 Diabetes. The Type 2 Diabetics have lost their ability to turn blood sugar into energy for one of two reasons, either they don’t produce enough insulin for their bodies to use or their bodies just don’t use the blood sugar correctly, either way their blood sugar levels will need to be controlled by diet, exercise and medication.

Type 2 Diabetics use oral medications to lower blood sugar levels and the most common of these drugs are sulfonylureas that encourgage the diabetics body to create more insulin. When diabetic oral medications fail, doctors are offering Byetta as a new option to work with their patient’s current medications.

There are two common side effects to using Byetta, the first is nausea and the second is a drop in blood sugar levels. I personally had “one” moment where I experienced a wave of nausea and that was in my third month of using Byetta, it has never come back, however I did experience a few really low blood sugar levels that required changes to my oral medications.

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Chromium Picolinate Improves Glycemic Control

I was going back through different sites with diabetes news and updates and found an article from August 11, 2006 about supplementing with Chromium Picolinate to improve insulin sensitivity.

The study was conducted by reasearchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) and the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and is published in the August issue of Diabetes Care, the official journal of the American Diabetes Association.

The study found chromium picolinate significantly reduced the weight gain that was typically associated with the commonly prescribed antidiabetic medication, sulfonylurea.

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