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New diabetes drug helps patients avoid needles

October 11, 2019


JANET O’KEEFE IS MUCH BETTER
NOW. BUT THERE WERE A FEW SCARY WEEKS
WHEN SHE KNEW SOMETHING WAS
SERIOUSLY WRON
>>I STARTED HAVING SOME EYE
PROBLEMS. EMILY: FOR DOCTORS, IT WAS A
CLEAR SIGN THAT JANET’S BLOOD
SUGAR LEVELS COULD BE TOO HIGH. THEY ORDERED A SIMPLE TEST.>>AND I FOUND OUT I HAD TYPE 2
DIABETES. EMILY: HER BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL WAS
AROUND 400
A NORMAL NUMBER IS CLOSER TO
100.>>I WAS VERY FRIGHTENED WHEN I
HEARD THAT HIGH NUMBER. EMILY: UNTREATED, TYPE 2
DIABETES CAN AFFECT MAJOR
ORGANS, INCLUDING THE EYES,
HEART AND KIDNEYS. EVEN THOUGH THERE’S NO CURE,
SOME PATIENTS CAN LOWER THEIR
BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS WITH A
HEALTHIER DIET AND MORE
EXERCISE. OTHERS LIKE JANET, REQUIRE
MEDICATION. BUT FOR ONE GROUP OF VERY
EFFECTIVE DRUGS CALLED GLPONE
RECEPTOR AGONISTS, THERE’S A BIG
DRAWBACK, THEY ONLY COME IN A
NEEDLE.>>THE MOMENT YOU BRING UP THE
CONCEPT OF AN INJECTION, A
MAJORITY OF PATIENTS ARE
ACTUALLY VERY HESITANT. MANY PEOPLE SAY, THEY’RE NOT
COMFORTABLE GOING THER
EMILY: DR. VANITA ARODA IS THE
DIRECTOR OF DIABETES RESEARCH AT
BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL. THREE YEARS AGO, SHE HELPED LEAD
A CLINICAL TRIAL TESTING A PIL
TO REPLACE THE INJECTION. IT NOT ONLY LOWERED BLOOD
SUGARS, BUT IT ALSO HELPED
PATIENTS LOSE WEIGHT.>>THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT
MILESTONE IN THE FIELD OF
DIABETES. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE TOOLS IN
OUR TOOLBOX, THIS FULFILLS A
SIGNIFICANT GAP THAT WE HAD. EMILY: AND NOW THAT THE FOOD AND
DRUG ADMINISTRATION HAS APPROVED
THIS ORAL FORM OF THE DRUG, DR. ARODA BELIEVES MORE PATIENTS CAN
STICK TO A TREATMENT PLAN.>>AND WE KNOW THAT
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1 Comment

  • Reply Lokomaika'i October 11, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    What is the name of the drug!!!!?

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