July 31, 2015

Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes – Part 4

Injectable Drugs and this includes insulin.

These medications slow how quickly food leaves your stomach and make you feel full. And they tell your liver to back off making glucose around mealtimes. Some also help your pancreas make insulin. These are GLP-1 receptor agonists. Some of them you take every day, while others last a week.

A different drug acts like a hormone, amylin that your pancreas sends out with insulin. You only take pramlintide (Symlin) if you're also using insulin. Please, and I urge you to read this blog about the injectable drugs as there are many warnings and instructions that need to be obeyed.

People with type 2 diabetes sometimes need insulin. It could be a short-term fix for a stressful situation, or because other medicines aren't enough to control their blood sugar. Some people need insulin because the oral medication has caused their pancreas to stop producing insulin.

You can take insulin with a needle and syringe, with a device called an insulin pen, or with an inhaler. Some people use an insulin pump to get it continuously.

Types of insulin are grouped by how fast they start to work and how long their effects last. You might have to use more than one kind of insulin. Some insulins come pre-mixed.

Weight loss surgery is now a fad and can create large medical problems and nutrition deficiencies. Once done it often cannot be undone and most of the real problems are not made known to you by the surgeons because they don't want to lose the money they can make off of you.

Surgery apparently raises the level of hormones in your gut called incretins. These tell your pancreas to make insulin. Over time, you may be able to take less medication.

It isn't for everyone, though. Doctors usually recommend weight loss surgery only for men who are at least 100 pounds overweight and women with at least 80 extra pounds. Most surgeons use BMI for their guidelines and they could care less about the warnings they should be giving you.

Other doctors will recommend a weight loss drug. I will also urge you to read my blog about weight loss drugs not being what they are advertised to be.

Part 4 of 4 blogs.

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