Diabetes drug could make blood sugar HARDER to control
It sounds like a cruel hoax: The very drug you depend on to keep your diabetes under control is slowly and secretly making the condition worse – ultimately ensuring that you become MORE dependent on medication to stay alive.
But it’s no hoax, because new research finds that one of the most popular drugs taken by diabetics to control blood sugar may actually CAUSE higher blood sugar levels over the long run.
The drug is called liraglutide, but you probably know it better as Victoza, the blockbuster med from Novo Nordisk. It’s so widely used that it rakes in nearly $6 million every day.
Victoza mimics GLP-1, the hormone released by the small intestine after you eat that in turn activates the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin (your “beta cells”). That’s the process that malfunctions in diabetics – without that release of insulin blood sugar becomes impossible to control.
So the fake hormone kick-starts the beta cells…which start to produce insulin again…and your blood sugar levels drop.
But the new study shows that while your beta cells might be fooled at first, it doesn’t take long for them to catch on.
In a series of experiments, researchers transplanted human beta cells into mice, so they could see what happens up-close.
Sure enough, the drug worked like a charm…early on.
But after about 250 days (that’s a little over eight months), the beta cells began to fall apart. They just plain wore out and stopped producing insulin – and blood sugar levels started to climb all over again.
The researchers say they need to do a long-term study on humans to confirm the risk, but even if the drug didn’t damage those beta cells in the lab mice, I’d still urge you to avoid it.
There are just too many other risks.
This drug has been linked to an increased risk of thyroid cancer, acute pancreatitis and even severe allergic reactions. There are so many dangers linked to liraglutide that for years, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has been urging the FDA to pull the drug off the market completely.
And even though the FDA even admits to the drug’s risks, they refuse to do anything about it.
So if the feds won’t protect you, you’ve got to protect yourself – and that’s where I come in.
It may seem like a tall order, but if you really commit to serious diet and lifestyle changes, you can reduce or even eliminate your dependence of diabetes drugs – especially if you work closely with a holistic medical doctor.
If you’re in Southern California, I can help. I have two decades’ experience in working with diabetics on natural therapies to stop or even reverse diabetes. Contact my office to make an appointment and we’ll get started.
Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.