Diabetic drugs causing precancerous changes in the pancreas?

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By Diabetic Coach Latest Reply 2013-03-20 14:14:39 -0500
Started 2013-03-15 20:14:06 -0500

I just saw the headlines about the FDA inquiring whether or not certain diabetic drugs: Victoza, janumet, and Byetta et al are causing pancreatic cancer or other disagreable pancreatic conditions. I'm taking Victoza and I haven't had any adverse effects but I am concerned about it's long term effects.

As I read the articles, I'm wondering just how much of this is hype and fear mongering versus a real health condition. it is so hard to tell sometimes. One minute something is good for you, the next, the same thing will kill you. Any thoughts?

Here's a link the article from the LA Times. http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la...

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CHenry9973 2013-03-20 14:14:39 -0500 Report

I was on Victoza and it really messed up with my pancreas. I was on it for about 6 months. It curbed my appitite and I lost 20 lbs on it, my appitite has not returned (I have been off Victoza for about 3 months) I have since lost another 20 lbs. I wish I could take the medication but it messed me up pretty bad. I have to be cautious with anything I put in my mouth. I understand some people never have any problems with the medication. I hope you are one of those people.

locarb 2013-03-15 21:27:05 -0500 Report

This is exactly why I control this condition with diet and exercise. It really isn't easy. Most foods that everyone else eats; I don't. Very limited diet and I exercise even thought I don't want to most days.

I understand this may not be possible for everyone and also may not be possible for me at another point in time. So far, it's worked for almost three years and I'm fortunate that cravings for food have gone.

I personally know people who take Metformin and eat anything they want. They totally ignore any consequence for their eating under the assumption that the medication will magically compensate for a lifetime of unhealthy eating. Last year, one of these people died. It was sad, but inevitable.

Even when controlled, this is an extremely difficult disease. Your concerns regarding medication are entirely valid.

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