Invokana: New for Type 2

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-03-10 15:10:45 -0500
Started 2013-04-02 20:38:21 -0500

The FDA just approved this drug. It sounds like a "carb blocker" sort of thing. Not sure that it is the way to go, but I'm always trying to let you all know when new stuff is available.

By WebMD

FRIDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) — The first in a new class of type 2 diabetes drugs was approved Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Invokana (canaglifozin) tablets are to be taken, in tandem with a healthy diet and exercise, to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Invokana belongs to a class of drugs called sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. It works by blocking the reabsorption of glucose (sugar) by the kidney and increasing glucose excretions in urine, the FDA said in a news release.

"We continue to advance innovation with the approval of new drug classes that provide additional treatment options for chronic conditions that impact public health," Dr. Mary Parks, director of the division of metabolism and endocrinology products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in the news release.

About 24 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, and it accounts for more than 90 percent of diabetes cases diagnosed in the United States,…(read more)

23 replies

suziesgirl 2013-04-03 21:11:41 -0500 Report

I heard murmurs of this new DRUG. Hmmm, can't help but wonder why the FDA doesn't participate more in teaching people how to control type 2 without the use of drugs. In about 5 years or less, we will find out they made an ooops, and take this drug off the market. They never cease to amaze me. There are so many ways to keep patients off of drugs.. Food is a natural healer, however most people do not want to be a part of that. I have spent 3 years controlling this disease without the use of drugs. I know it is not the easiet of tasks, however well worth the jouney. It just bugs me that the FDA will approve drugs to treat a disease but refuses to prohibit the use of drugs like statins that cause diabetes and allow additives in foods, like HF corn syrup and call it safe. Frustrating, but I guess if we are always looking for the perfect drug to take for our ailments they will keep on approving them. Very sad. Whole wheat, not good for diabetics, its a supper carb. What on earth will we do if these drugs are suddenly not available to us? Won't that be a disaster. Type 1 not included. My people perish for lack of knowledge. I think its about time people take charge of this epidemic and realize they have been taken advantage of. False advertising, like sugar free, what a joke. If we learn to read labels we would see that Maltadextrin is indeed a sugar. No wonder so many people are so sick. Do I think the FDA, or ADA really cares, Oh no I don't. The most advanced inovation is the time that reserchers have spent in letting us know how to stop this disease. Oh if we would only do a little research ourselves and then apply the information. This is no miricle pill, if there were then and A1C of 6.7 would not appear on any diabetics bloodwork. And the doctor has the audacity to to tell a pt. they are doing good. Bunk, Bunk, Bunk. Two books, Diabetes without Drugs, and Blood Sugar Solution. What the heck, people will spend money every week on magazines and not think twice. How about some really good reading for a change, to change the destination of our health!!!
Suzie's Girl

MaltesePiper2014 2015-02-25 02:59:56 -0600 Report

My new doctor put me on this drug last week. I've been taking it for 7 days now. I also take Hydrochlorothiazide. Today I woke up with a lot of fluid retention. At first all I did was empty my bladder and now, well… I don't know about this drug and I don't like taking new meds that just come out. I had blood work done and they forgot to do an AlC!!! I was kind of mad about that. To be honest, I'm scared about taking this new drug. I read the labels at times and when it says sugar free, it really isn't sugar free. And there is the "sugar alcohol!" I've been told don't eat anything that is white. But when I looked in a few diabetic cook books, the recipes had sugar, rice, pasta and more. I'm so confused as to what to eat and what not to eat. It's really been very stressful. And on top of that, 4 years ago next month is when I found the only husband I've ever had, hanging in his shop one morning. It still is very hard on me and very stressful.

suziesgirl 2015-02-27 14:50:17 -0600 Report

I would like to share a book with you. Diabetes without drugs by Susie Cohen. If you can't get your sugar under control with this book then drugs are the only answer. Sorry to hear about your loss, however no words can make anyone feel better. God has a plan for all of our lives if you believe in Him. We must always grieve for the ones we have lost, but we don't have to lay down. Life is a fight everyday, but with Gods help we can make it through. He always has our back even when we don't think He does. Good luck with your diabetes. Your right to stay away from all the whites, like bread, rice and the such. However this book helped me not take drugs and if anything it can give you valuable information that can be a life changer if you apply it. High fructose corn syrup is your enemy. Bleached white flour and wheat are very friendly at all. There are many alternatives and you will need to make the good choices.

MaltesePiper2014 2015-02-27 15:49:02 -0600 Report

Yes, I believe in God, always have! And He has carried me through all of this. I think part of the reason I can't get control of my diabetes is that I'm depressed. I'll look for the book. Thank you!

suziesgirl 2015-02-27 18:52:13 -0600 Report

You will be fine. We all go through bouts of depression for one reason or another. Your not alone. Sometimes I have to force myself to move. Walking is great if it's possible. It lets you see the world as the miracle it is. I pray God will give you peace that passes all understanding sandra

suziesgirl 2015-02-27 14:51:49 -0600 Report

By the way. Try Sweet Leaf Stevia its a natural sweetener, most all the others are manufactured in a lab. Can't trust the bums. LOL

MaltesePiper2014 2015-03-01 18:23:17 -0600 Report

I've heard that all artificial sweeteners are bad for you and it's better to stay with real sugar. Except for diabetics. Then again, I have diabetic cook books with recipes that call for sugar.

suziesgirl 2015-03-01 21:35:23 -0600 Report

The book. Throw the diabetes cook books out the window. They're nuts. Diabetes without drugs is the book to read. You will learn alot from this book if you read it.

GabbyPA 2015-02-25 06:16:56 -0600 Report

How could they "forget" to do the A1c on a diabetic patient? That is nuts.

I am so sorry about your husband. That is an image that will never go away I imagine. Trying to fill your time with things to do is something that I use to get through those tuff times, and talking with good trusted friends.

As for the "Don't eat white", it's a good general practice. What I do with recipes like that, is make substitiutions. I use substitutes for sugar, flour, pasta, rice with Truvia, Almond flour, zucchini and cauliflower, respectively. It takes time but you will figure things out. Here is a discussion I did a while back that lists substitutions for you.

MaltesePiper2014 2015-02-25 19:31:48 -0600 Report

I have no idea how they could "forget" the A1C. The doctor said they might not have sent it yet. Yeah, right! They had all the other blood work. I don't know why she would try to make an excuse as to why they "forgot." Yes, I have images of him that go through my mind and they will never go away. After nearly 4 years, my "friends" don't want to talk about it anymore. I hardly ever cook. I get a lot of fresh fruit and fruit juices. It's like I crave the fruit juice and grapefruit is a favorite of mine. Thank you for the website. I will check it out. Thank you for your time too. Sherrydawn

GabbyPA 2013-04-04 07:35:29 -0500 Report

Yes, my feeling of the FDA can be spelled out with words other than the Food & Drug Administration...if you know what I mean. They are a double edged sword and they cut both ways, usually leaving the consumer bleeding to death.

suziesgirl 2013-04-04 19:58:06 -0500 Report

I wonder Gabby, how many people agree with us, but, are not willing to do anything about it. I feel it is so important for people to keep reading, and learning how to outsmart the money mongers who are holding sick people hostage. All the data is out there, and I try to tell as many people as I can who will listen. I know it can be done, I am living proof and would just like people to know they can do it too, without those drugs. Type 1 is an exception an brittle diabetics of coarse. Type 2's are a different story, as least they could apply most of the information and cut those dosages down considerably. James is a genious, he knows how to control this demon with knowledge. Oh how I wish I could talk to groups of people and give them solid info that would improve their health. I'm still thinking on this and may speak at womans groups in churches. Those Sunday lunches on the grounds are putting nails in their caskets. A society filled with people who just chase after food, I used to be one of them. All you can eat was my favorite resturants to frequent. I know better now, and have paid the price for ignorance. Have a good one.

GeekonBoard 2015-03-09 21:12:30 -0500 Report

Hey Gabby & SuzieGirl — just noticed some of this thread is from a couple of years ago — oh well, I'm still truly interested in all that's being said & couldn't agree more. I'm equally fascinated & disgusted with the "business" of food & drugs.
I confess that I am currently taking 2 diabetes meds, but in no way use them as a crutch. My goal is to get moving with reading & research — and get drug free if possible. If I'm unable to get med free - I'm glad to learn the importance of knowing the hidden details in meds. I write down questions & hunt for several answers to try & get a little perspective. I hope more people question things like "sugar free" & how the food companies find ways around those buzz words & fads.

GabbyPA 2015-03-10 10:24:03 -0500 Report

Marketing, marketing is the name of the game. I was laughing with my step daughter the other day because her hard cider was labeled "gluten free". That is the latest trend and the shows up on all kinds of obviously gluten free products. But it's what sells right now.

Research is great and keep that up. The other thing is to find natural ways to replace your meds. Either with food or herbs or even meditation or exercise. I need ways that don't require a doctor's prescription pad so I can be in better control of my management.

MaltesePiper2014 2015-02-25 03:05:20 -0600 Report

I'll listen if you teach me! I'm really confused when it comes to food. I do not want to die young! I know some will think that 55 is old, but it's not! I have more years to live, but at the rate I'm going, I'm terrified! I have high BG levels every day. The day it was 401 in the AM. I'm so confused…

RosalieM 2015-02-25 17:44:52 -0600 Report

Hi MaltesePiper.
As for food, A real simple start for to eat is: Eat no processed food, nothing made from flour, such as bread, crackers etc. no potatoes or rice, no pasta. no corn chips. Do not avoid fat or eat fat free. Eat full fat only. Fruits and vegetables are important too.
Do not drink juice of any kind.
Fat does not raise blood sugar, protein, a little and vegetables a little. Fruit I little more. Your blood sugar should go down quickly with this way of eating.

GeekonBoard 2015-03-09 21:22:09 -0500 Report

RosalieM — I try to really find a place of calm when I take on reading some of your posts. Sometimes they seem to strike nerves. This mention "nothing from flour, such as bread, crackers etc. no potatoes or rice, no pasta. no corn chips." — I've read on other posts that you sell Hi Maize 260 & then cont the discussion of recommending sometimes splitting the ration of Hi Maize & flout 50/50. You then usually are adamant about not advising eating pasta of any kind. I also read about you, Hi Maize & mashed potatoes. Plus, selling baking kits. I read that just because you sell these things doesn't mean you support them in some of the ways people use them. How can you be cool with this?
I imagine I'm misunderstand all of these things I read — it all just strikes me as ironic. I'm totally ready to offer up an apology or retract this post — it just seems like an example of people like ADA who claim to help when some of their info & books — have actually come under attack. You sell one thing but then take steps away from it — confusing to me. Just a fleeting thought I wanted to type out in hopes I might finally get what you're putting down.

suziesgirl 2015-03-10 14:59:50 -0500 Report

You are craving the sugar. Eat a piece of fruit. Please whatever you do try to get the book I told you about. Go to the library. You can rent it for nothing. Stevia is ok no other subs except. Coconut sugar. talk to you later back to work. sa

GabbyPA 2015-02-26 14:56:37 -0600 Report

What I do to help me with the juice deal is compare a 4 ounce glass to a whole piece of the same fruit. What will fill me up more? What looks more on my plate? It is kind of a game, but it really puts it into persepctive. I try not to drink any of my allowed carbs per day. If I have them, I am going to eat them with all the other benefits of fiber and vitamins that are in them. It helped me a lot to over come many of my stumbling blocks.

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