New Medications for Type 2 Diabetes

By rbergman Latest Reply 2009-03-25 20:15:45 -0500
Started 2009-02-27 09:46:36 -0600

Much recent progress has been made in expanding the number of medications available to fight type 2 diabetes. Scientists are developing new drugs to stimulate insulin secretion and decrease resistance. New drugs are being developed to manage dyslipidemia (abnormal levels of lipids), hypertension, and obesity — all hallmarks of type 2 diabetes. Large trials of medication to prevent type 2 diabetes continue as well.

While potential breakthroughs such as inhaled insulin suggest diabetes control will get even easier in the future, much has already been done to reduce the impact of diabetes. New medications, glucose monitors, and insulin delivery systems now make tight glucose control an easier task. A better understanding of the disease has allowed doctors to refine their approach to treatment and develop more aggressive regimens that are meant to halt the disease in its tracks.

Optimists also see many new treatments flowing from the identification of the human genome's estimated 30,000 genes. But the complexity of the possible combinations of genes involved in diabetes is hardly the stuff of overnight success. While awaiting the next breakthrough, the benefits of strictly controlling your blood glucose, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly cannot be overestimated.

6 replies

jsd2005 2009-03-25 20:15:45 -0500 Report

It's amazing what research does. There are a numer of possible new meds on the horizon. Some would be an amazing change and ease our management. It will be interesting to see what comes out.

lipsie 2009-03-23 17:05:20 -0500 Report

Yeah, I am on Metformin as well and it also has maintained my weight, I have recently lost 13pds in one month..not sure from what, medicine or whatnot but I am definately for it. Sheila

beauty416 2009-03-23 15:32:23 -0500 Report

Thank goodness someone is figuring it out how to keep us diabetics that are on medicine to keep from gaining weight. I would love to take a medication that would not make me gain weight. I wish that they could find ways to keep people that are on mental health medicine to not gain weight.

SkipT 2009-03-23 16:29:09 -0500 Report

Metformin is a diabetic drug that will actually help you maintain a healthy weight. I think it was beneficial in my inital weight loss. The side effects for most people (gas and going to poop) go away after awhile.
Since losing the weight I have even stopped the metformin, but if it were necessary to go back on meds this would be my first choice.

Lanore 2009-02-27 10:12:20 -0600 Report

I wish they would figure out a way to help us type 2 with meds that don't cause a weight gain. That would surely be a great thing. Lanore ;-)

jeanlynn08 2009-03-09 08:19:19 -0500 Report


I was started on byetta on Jan. 1st. I have lost weight (about 10 pounds so far), my numbers are getting better. They are usually in the 2oo's all the time, now I am in normal numbers usually around 115 to 125. I haven't seen those numbers since I was diagnosed in May of 08. It is certainly something to check into. It has been a miracle drug for me.