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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/14/2006 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
My name is Hilary. I was recently DXed with Type 2 Diabetes. I have come to accept this fact. And there are alot of unanswered questions I have had that now have an answer! I am happy about that. I was just put on ActoPlusMeta 2x's daily. My Dr (endo) is very pro Bayetta....I am concerned because it is so new and I dont want to do injections. I already give my husband injections every day for his M.S......SO now that is settled, any suggestions or anything? All is appreciated!!

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   Posted 6/14/2006 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Warren,our resident Byetta professional, is very much in favor of this med. It works very well for so many people and really kicks diabetes butt! (Excuse my language, but I hate diabetes!) He can help you with all your fears and guide you every step of the way with it.

I'm on oral meds and Lantus insulin and I have to say it's easier than putting on mascara. I'm all about low numbers and whatever it takes to get there.

Hope we can help you thru this transition time.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/14/2006 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your response! It is good to hear positive people. I would love to talk to warren! Hopefully we will cross paths on this board. I start the oral meds tomorrow....wish me luck.
"The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book"
         -Walt Whitman

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   Posted 6/15/2006 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Hilary,

Well, injections are no big deal. I was soooooo needle phobic when I was first told I had to do Lantus like Jeannie that I almost considered not taking it rather than doing the shots.  My pharmacist (a really savy gal) gave me needles that were so tiny I could hardly believe it and as for the injections, well, I was amazed that I couldn't feel the needle go in. 

Now Im a Byetta user and its the same deal with the injections.  As long as I warm up the infamous "Lizard Spit" before injecting, its pretty much painless.  If you put that 38 degree liquid in a belly or a thigh though, wow does it burn!

Ok, here are a couple reasons why you should just bite the bullet and do the Byetta and live with the injections. 

  1. Byetta will give you superior control over just oral meds alone.  It can DRAMATICALLY pull down your numbers. Without meds I typically will run about 350 for an overnight fasting number but this morning having taken my Byetta last night before dinner, I was 77.  Pretty dramatic and a number I just could never achieve with oral meds alone.
  2. Byetta will actually work to preserve your beta cell function (the little critters are responsible for your insulin production). No other drug does this.  Worth the price of admission for this alone.
  3. Byetta is self adjusting.  It ramps up your insulin production to meet the sugar demand in your blood stream and then shuts off the insulin when your levels return to normal.  A very valuable function, and again, something oral meds can't do!!

well, maybe that was more than a couple, but you get the idea!  Its a great new drug and its been out on the market now for over a year and has lots and lots of users.  Prior to this it was in clinical trials for about 3 years and continues to undergo testing as Lilly does trials on a longer acting version.  So you see, its not exactly a brand new drug with no experience behind it.

Now for the bad part.  Byetta is almost guaranteed to make you nauseaous.  You can read through the posts of all the people that have battled the nausea.  HOWEVER, it does eventually go away!!!!  And for this reason, you tough it out and use this wonder drug, because it does so many beneficial things for you.  Oh, and did I mention it usually makes you drop weight?  Most people 10lbs on average.  Added benefit if your clothes are a bit snug!

Hope this helps

scool Warren

It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. - James Gordon, M.D.
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. - George Dennison Prentice

I can only please one person per day, today is not your day...tomorrow doesn't look good either.

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