Diabetes

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Posted by: Tellie1980 | 2012/09/03

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Diabetes and diet supplements

good day

I''m type 2 diabetic take glucophage 500mg twice a day, would like to know if there is any diet pills that i can use to help me lose the weight?

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Diabetes expert

Dear Tellie1980
Currently only xenical is approved for use in diabetic patients for weight loss. It is a medication that reduces fat absorption by 1/3, and by doing this will decrease the calories absorbed by fat. It’s main side-effect is fatty diarrhea if you take in high fat foods. It is only available on prescription from your doctor. The only other option is that of a diabetic medication called a GLP agonist like Victoza or Byetta, but this would depend on your current glucose control and a few other factors, as well as whether your medical aid would pay for it or not. Suggest discussing with your doctor regarding the two options, as he would know you better.

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Posted by: Diabetes Expert | 2012/09/07

Dear Tellie1980
Currently only xenical is approved for use in diabetic patients for weight loss. It is a medication that reduces fat absorption by 1/3, and by doing this will decrease the calories absorbed by fat. It’s main side-effect is fatty diarrhea if you take in high fat foods. It is only available on prescription from your doctor. The only other option is that of a diabetic medication called a GLP agonist like Victoza or Byetta, but this would depend on your current glucose control and a few other factors, as well as whether your medical aid would pay for it or not. Suggest discussing with your doctor regarding the two options, as he would know you better.

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