December 2005 /January 2006

Medication Update

There is a new drug that is being tested for treatment of diabetes. Liraglutide is based on a naturally occurring hormone called Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (GLP-1). GLP-1 is released from the intestinal tract as people eat. GLP-1 works to maintain normal blood glucose levels by:

The naturally occurring hormone GLP-1doesn’t stay effective for very long. Liraglutide is made to last all day. Because it also produces a feeling of fullness, Liraglutide may help prevent weight gain.

Liraglutide has been tested in animals and humans, but more testing needs to be completed before it has been demonstrated to be safe and effective.  However, you may see Liraglutide on the market in 2006.

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