What they are trying to say is, if you are a type 1 diabetic, DONT USE BYETTA, it won't work for you!! If you are a type two and heavy insulin user, it MAY not really benefit you! Think about what Byetta does and how it works. It stimulates the pancreas to release more insulin in response to higher blood sugar levels. It also increases the bodies SENSITIVITY to insulin to make that insulin release more productive. It delays stomach emptying so that you get an even release of glucose and not a heavy spike. It backs off on all these effects as soon as your blood sugar returns to normal. These are just a few of the major things Byetta does (in laymans language).
Now if you are a type 1 (insulin dependent) the pancreas is already broken, and you don't make insulin. Byetta won't really do anything for you as the major mechanisms that it affects are broken.
As a Type 2 taking large doses of insulin, your pancrease has already pretty much given up the ghost or you'd be on mostly oral medications. Also, you are raising the insulin level in your body to a point that is going to confuse the incretin mimetic mechanism of byetta and again, probably be counter productive.
Soooooo.....this is why the tell insulin users not to use Byetta. However, if you are a type two on orals and you take Lantus once a day for some extra help (this is where I was).....Byetta can probably help to the point you can get rid of the Lantus injection. In any event, if you are a type 2 it is probably a decision that you should talk over with an endocrinologist that has had a lot of experience with Byetta.
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