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Author: paul carson (Fri Mar 03, 2006 1:52 am)
Title: Byetta for diabetes
Byetta is a drug for diabetes that makes patients loose weight. It comes as a welcome contrast to the weight gain that often accompanies insulin and other diabetes medicines; the extra pounds can eventually worsen the disease. Some patients say Byetta has reversed the course of a disease that can lead to severe complications like amputations, blindness and kidney failure and even death.
The drug seems so effective for weight loss that some nondiabetics have begun using Byetta as a diet drug — causing concern among doctors who say such use has not been medically tested and could be dangerous.
But for diabetics, weight loss from Byetta could be a particularly important benefit. Among the 21 million Americans with diabetes, about 90 percent have Type 2, which usually occurs in adulthood and has been linked to obesity and inactivity.
Medications like Byetta undoubtedly helps diabetic patients have a better quality of life; we hope it doesn’t show side effects later on.
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