Welcome to the Diabetes forum. I googled until I found something about the med. This is one of the articles I found:
Derived from the saliva of the gila monster, Exenatide a 39 amino acid peptide that mimics the GLP-1 incretin, an insulin secretagogue with glucoregulatory effects. While it may lower blood glucose levels on its own, it can also be combined with other medications such as pioglitazone, metformin, sulfonylureas, and/or insulin to improve glucose control. The approved use of exenatide is with either sulfonylureas, metformin and thiazolinediones. The medication is injected twice per day using a pre-filled pen device. Typical human responses to exenatide include improvements in the initial rapid release of endogenous insulin, suppression of glucagon release by the pancreas, regulation of gastric empyting, and reduced appetite - all of which function to lower blood glucose. Exenatide is self-regulating in that it lowers blood sugar when levels are elevated but does not continue to lower blood sugar when levels return to normal, unlike with sulfonylureas or insulins.
So it's not from venom but saliva, evidently. Hopefully they have done a lot of testing on this med. Good luck,
I started taking Byetta Aug 14 and I lost six pound I started on the Byetta.I am half way through with the Byetta 5 mg and I gonna start on the Byetta 10 mg about 8 days from now. Melissa Loyd
Post Edited (harkcl6) : 10/3/2007 7:44:09 AM (GMT-6)
Im not sure I understand what you are saying. You are about ready to go back on insulin? But you just said you are on Lantus and Humolog...both of which ARE insulin!!! You NEED to be on meds like metformin and/or Actos, Avandia, etc. These are clases of medicines that increase your sensitivity to insulin. As you may already know, among other things Byetta increases your insulin output in response to a rise in your blood sugar level and then retards that response as your blood sugar level comes back down. Taking insulin rather than letting insulin be produced by the pancreas may be counterproductive. Again, if you are not seeing a endocrinologist and especially one that prescribes Byetta on a regular basis, change your doctor!! I think you need some better advice on what medications to combine and how to use them.
Hi Ruth, I understand what you're saying. I'm also a teacher, though not full-time anymore, but I know about lack of quality time for myself. Just as Linda just wrote, Dr. Bernstein's book is valuable and not only for the diet information but also for understanding how diabetes affects us. For diet, many of us do follow a low carb way, but you might also be successfull with linking carbs with protein as suggested in The Insulin-Resistance Diet. Either way, cutting way down on carbs will help control the blood glucose numbers as well as help you lose weight. And......... you have to make time for some kind of exercise, even just walking. This can be incorporated into your daily routine. I purposely park across campus so I have to walk 10 minutes to and from my building. Take the stairs, not the elevator. That kind of thing. Get some dumbbells. (I could link that to some of my students but that's a whole other story.)
Let us know how it's going. Take care.