Diabetes

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Posted by: Herman | 2012/09/05

Q.

Victoza of Insulien

Wat is die verskil tussen Victoza en Insulien inspuitings. Ek gebruik tans Victoza 1.2mg per dag. My medies betaal nie en sal ek moet terugkeer na Insulien inspuitings.

Ek verstaan steeds nie waarom wil my medies nie vir die Victoza betaal nie. Ek voel baie beter met die Victoza en het ook heelwat gewig verloor.

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Diabetes expert

Dear Herman
Insulin is the hormone the pancreas makes to help glucose enter cells in the body, and by doing this will lower blood glucose. Victoza on the other hand 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 own bodies 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 | 2012/09/07

Dear Herman
Insulin is the hormone the pancreas makes to help glucose enter cells in the body, and by doing this will lower blood glucose. Victoza on the other hand 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 own bodies 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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