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For Those With Diabetes, Older Drugs Are Often Best

WHEN it comes to prescription drugs, newer is not necessarily better. And that’s especially true when treating diabetes. One in 10 Americans has Type 2 diabetes. If the trend continues, one in three will suffer from the disease by the year 2050, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most Type 2 diabetes patients take one or more drugs to control blood sugar. They spent an estimated $12.5 billion on medication in 2007, twice the amount spent in 2001, according to a study by the University of Chicago. (That figure does not including drugs that diabetics are often prescribed for related health conditions, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.) Why the increase? More diagnosed patients, more drugs per patient and an onslaught of expensive new drugs, according to Dr. G. Caleb Alexander, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and lead author of the study. Since 1995, several new classes of diabetes medications have come on the market. Diabetes drugs are important to the pharmaceutical industry, more lucrative than drugs for many other chronic diseases, Dr. Alexander noted in an interview. Simply put, many of these drugs help Continue reading >>

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  1. righteousdude2

    Can Too Much Lantus Rasie Blood Sugar?

    I've been noticing that the more Lantus I take, the higher my fasting number is. When I back off the dosage, the fasting number goes down too!
    Just wondering if anyone else is having similar problems???
    Pastor Paul

  2. Shanny

    Not sure i understand why this presents a problem. The goal is lower fastings, attained by using as little insulin as possible, right? What am I missing here?

  3. breezeonby

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    Originally Posted by removethehaze
    I've been noticing that the more Lantus I take, the higher my fasting number is. When I back off the dosage, the fasting number goes down too!
    Just wondering if anyone else is having similar problems???
    Pastor Paul I have noticed some weird things happening while taking Lantus. I have had to skip my bedtime dose several times. I had surgery done in February and didn't take any Lantus the night before and my blood sugar was perfect all day. I skipped a dose one night when I just didn't want to take it and my blood sugar was perfect all day. The beginning of March I started to decrease the dose because I was having too many lows and I really haven't notice much change. The only change is that my FBS is a little higher, but that is what I wanted the decrease in dosage to do. My FBS is between 75 and 85. I think that there are some things about insulin which we just don't have an answer for. I have read that your basal insulin should be 70% of your TDD.

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