Diabetes

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Posted by: Celia | 2012/09/19

Q.

Victoza

Ek is ''n 50 jarige dame, rook nie drink nie, is diabeet vir afgelope 21 jaar. Ek gebruik humalock (10 eenh) 3 keer ''n dag voor etes en saans en Lantus (24 eenh) saans. Die afgelope week het my suiker ewe skielik begin verhoog, staan op met ''n vastend van 10 + en gaan gelydelik op tot 16-17. My GP het die victosa 1.2 daagliks voor geskryf maar ek het dit nog nie gaan haal nie aangesien die medies nie daarvoor betaal nie en dis nogal duur(R1500 per maand) enige voorstelle

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Diabetes expert

Dear Celia

Victoza is almost identical to a hormone(GLP or Glucagon Like Peptide) found in the intestines, that is normally released by food, and which then goes in the blood to the pancreas to increase insulin release. The problem in diabetes is that the intestine doesn’t release enough GLP, and therefore we are able to supplement this with medications like Victoza, which are nice to use, because they not only help your body’s own insulin to be released, and hence lower glucose levels, but can also help with weight loss, as GLP acts on the appetite center to help reduce food cravings. Medical aids are not overly keen to pay for the medication as it is new and expensive, and they prefer the relatively cheaper option of insulin, which will also lower glucose levels, but has potential problems of hypoglycemia(too low glucose levels) and weight gain.

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Posted by: Diabetes Expert | 2012/09/25

Dear Celia

Victoza is almost identical to a hormone(GLP or Glucagon Like Peptide) found in the intestines, that is normally released by food, and which then goes in the blood to the pancreas to increase insulin release. The problem in diabetes is that the intestine doesn’t release enough GLP, and therefore we are able to supplement this with medications like Victoza, which are nice to use, because they not only help your body’s own insulin to be released, and hence lower glucose levels, but can also help with weight loss, as GLP acts on the appetite center to help reduce food cravings. Medical aids are not overly keen to pay for the medication as it is new and expensive, and they prefer the relatively cheaper option of insulin, which will also lower glucose levels, but has potential problems of hypoglycemia(too low glucose levels) and weight gain.

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