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@cherry, you’re back!  🙂

 

 

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@Trinity11 wrote:

Since insulin is an anabolic hormone it is extremely difficult to lose weight while taking it. I applaud your success and clearly your motivation got you to a point where you can get off insulin.

 

@hyacinth003...I envy you being able to stop taking insulin. I am Type 1 and it is pure drudgery after nearly 50 years of syringes, needles and testing all day long. I hope there is a cure for diabetes for both Type 1 diabetics and Type 2 in the near future.

 

Once again Congratulations on the weight loss in addition to such a good A1C!!!


@Trinity11 

 

Type 1 diabetes is so tough.  Since I am an RN, I understand the differences.  I can't imagine having to deal with it from childhood all throughout your life.  My daughter has a good friend with it.  He is forever having to calculate his food, and his blood sugar can swing wildly up and down.  He had a car accident running off the road after his sugar went too low (no one but the car injured).  He's in his 30's and getting laser eye treatments for problems.  He's had his driver's license suspended and is still waiting to get approval back. 

 

How about that new testing device (Libre I think) that applies to the skin?  Have you had complications?  That's the RN in me questioning if it's too personal!!

 

Hyacinth

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@hyacinth003 wrote:

@Trinity11 wrote:

Since insulin is an anabolic hormone it is extremely difficult to lose weight while taking it. I applaud your success and clearly your motivation got you to a point where you can get off insulin.

 

@hyacinth003...I envy you being able to stop taking insulin. I am Type 1 and it is pure drudgery after nearly 50 years of syringes, needles and testing all day long. I hope there is a cure for diabetes for both Type 1 diabetics and Type 2 in the near future.

 

Once again Congratulations on the weight loss in addition to such a good A1C!!!


@Trinity11 

 

Type 1 diabetes is so tough.  Since I am an RN, I understand the differences.  I can't imagine having to deal with it from childhood all throughout your life.  My daughter has a good friend with it.  He is forever having to calculate his food, and his blood sugar can swing wildly up and down.  He had a car accident running off the road after his sugar went too low (no one but the car injured).  He's in his 30's and getting laser eye treatments for problems.  He's had his driver's license suspended and is still waiting to get approval back. 

 

How about that new testing device (Libre I think) that applies to the skin?  Have you had complications?  That's the RN in me questioning if it's too personal!!

 

Hyacinth


Hi @hyacinth003 . I was asked if I wanted it by my endo but I like the concise readings I get with my glucometer. I know people who have it and they weren't getting accurate readings. The pump was a big disappointment for me because it misfired once leaving me through the night with no insulin and I had ketoacidosis with a trip to the ER. My anion gap was off the charts...so I use the pen for Novolog and Levemir and usually get the intended results. When driving, I never do when I am under 100 and always have refined sugar in my glove compartment with some Juicy Juice.

 

Hope your daughter is doing well. I think of you often and happy to see you posting with such good news.

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I have read they are coming out with an oral med ,for type 1. I don't know if it will replace insulin, or not.

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Most people with diabetes have Type 2, with an assortment of drugs at their disposal.

But somewhere between 1.5 and 3 million Americans are living with Type 1 diabetes, and their only drug option, insulin, is what keeps them alive.

Now, in a world's first, a new oral drug for this disease could change the way they manage their disease.

As a Type 1 diabetic, Claire Pegg has checked her blood sugar levels many more times than she can count.

"There is so much judgement with every minute of the treatment. You are good or you are bad because your blood sugar is whatever it is," Claire explains.

Hitting the target A1C level, a measurement of blood sugar control, is difficult and often impossible.

"Seventy percent of the people in the US do not achieve target A1Cs," says Satish Garg, MD, an endocrinologist at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes at the University of Colorado – Denver.
That means a higher risk of long-term complications like heart, nerve and kidney disease.

Now, a new drug could make reaching that target easier.

 

"For people with Type 1 diabetes, this may be the biggest breakthrough that they'll see," Garg says.

The drug, called sotagliflozin, blocks the re-absorption of sugar in the kidneys and delays absorption of glucose from the gut.

Patients lose sugar in the urine, which means less in their blood.

Researchers found a two-fold increase in the number of patients who reached the target A1C level while on the drug.

There are other benefits too.

"People lose about 3 to 4 percent of their body weight. In addition, about 10 to 15 percent reduction in insulin dose," Garg explains.

If it's approved, it will be the first oral drug for Type 1 diabetes ever.

While in the study, Claire's A1C level dropped well into that target range. She also lost 20 pounds.

"It's incredible. It's absolutely incredible," she says.

She hopes the FDA thinks so too.

"I will have script in hand and waiting to get my hands on it. I just, I can't wait," Claire admits.

Before insulin was discovered in 1921, Type 1 diabetes was a death sentence. There have been many advances in technology that have drastically improved the lives of people with the disease, but new drugs to treat it have been nonexistent.

 

It's important to note that this drug will not replace insulin.

The FDA's decision is expected by the end of the month

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS
RESEARCH SUMMARY

TOPIC: FIRST EVER ORAL DRUG FOR TYPE 1 DIABETES
REPORT: MB #4552

BACKGROUND: About five percent of people in the world have type 1 diabetes. It is mainly contracted by adults, but it used to be called juvenile diabetes. The body does not produce insulin which is used to help move blood sugar throughout the bloodstream. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes are frequent urination, extreme fatigue,
blurry vision, weight loss and feeling thirsty or hungry. African Americans, Latinos and those who are overweight are most at risk. It is very easy to mistake it for type 2 diabetes, but the treatment is very different. (Source: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-1/?loc=db-slabnav )

TREATMENTS: There are a series of tests that can be given to patients with possible diabetes. A glycated hemoglobin test can help register your blood sugar for the past two three months. If the levels come back as 6.5 or higher twice then it is diabetes. The other two tests are fasting blood sugar test and a random blood sugar test. The fasting test occurs after overnight fasting and if your blood sugar levels are under 100 then it is normal. If they are between 100 and 126 then it is prediabetes, and if it is above 126 then it is diabetes. If your blood sugar is 200 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) when you are given a random blood sugar test, that could suggest diabetes. Treatment for type 1 diabetes is insulin, eating healthy, exercising, and carbohydrate, fat and protein counting, and blood sugar monitoring. The insulin can be given through injections or a pump. (Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-1-diabetes/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353017)

NEW TECHNOLOGY: Sotagliflozin, or Zynquista, is an inhibitor that uses two proteins. One of the proteins absorbs the glucose in the gastrointestinal tract while the other helps the kidneys reabsorb the glucose. There have been three clinical trials already for the drug with 3,000 participants. The FDA has recently voted to find out if the benefits outweigh the risks. The vote is to take place in March. If approved, it would be the first oral antidiabetic drug to be approved in the US. The European Medicines agency will also be voting on the matter in the first half of this year. (Source: http://www.news.sanofi.us/2019-01-17-FDA-advisory-committee-votes-on-Zynquista-TM-sotagliflozin-as-t...

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@cherry   Thank you so much for posting about the latest possible treatment for type 1 diabetes.  

 

I will look into this and find out if my daughter knows about it.  Sounds promising.  

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The cost of insulin is why I go to Canada to buy it Some I know go to Mexico but since I live only 100 miles from the border I go to Canada every 6 months Yes Humalog Quik Pen set of five is 600 dollars here but only 58 same box same manufacturer same production number in Canada. Since I have atrophy of the pancreas but am still type 2, I doubt I will ever not need insulin. It is very hard to loose weight but I am not terribly overweight anyway but would be good with 15 lbs.. I am working on it.  Good luck in the future. Oh I cannot take metformin.

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@hyacinth003  Congratulations! So happy to read posts like yours.  I was taken off insulin and put on metformin. Then a year ago was told I didn't need the metformin either. I feel good and checkups have been good also. I walk alot and keep a check on what goes in my mouth.  

All the best to you!

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Such wonderful news.  I am proud for you !!

 

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I signed in just to tell you congratulations on the weight loss.