Skip to comments.Experts: New diabetes treatment flushes sugar, calories out of body
Posted on 04/05/2013 12:59:11 PM PDT by neverdem
A new diabetes drug that hit the market in the past week boasts it can drop your glucose levels and flush out "guilty" calories every time you use the bathroom.
Experts say that every time the patient urinates, out goes all the unwanted sugar and calories.
Doctors say this drug could even help prevent Type 2 diabetes.
KVUE's sister station KENS went behind closed doors at the Veterans Affairs hospital to witness clinical trials for other drugs similar to Invokana.
Last Friday, the FDA approved Invokana, a drug experts are hailing as a game changer for Type 2 diabetes treatment.
The drug works in the kidneys and blocks an enzyme that would put sugar back in the bloodstream.
Dr. Devjit Tripathy with UT Medicine San Antonio, the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center, says the drug helps curb obesity.
"This drug not only has the potential to treat Type 2 diabetes but also obesity," Tripathy said. "With the loss of a lot of glucose, you lose a lot of calories and by that you lose weight."
He said the same weight loss results can occur in non-diabetic subjects, but he emphasized that so far the drug is only approved for Type 2 diabetes patients and not specifically as a weight-loss drug.
"In San Antonio, we have a very big problem with obesity," Tripathy said. "This drug will definitely help us."
He also said this drug has the potential to help prevent Type 2 diabetes.
Keep in mind taking this drug doesn't mean you can eat whatever you want. The doctor said the drug is limited on how much sugar is excreted, so it's important to continue watching your diet.
Experts say they are still assessing the long-term effects of the medication.
Yeah, that sounds safe and non invasive. What could go wrong?
Diet and exercise. Don’t become someone’s chemistry experiment.
Wow! Great news for a lot of people. Ignore type 2 diabetes and it’ll get you every time, and I’m afraid a lot of people have it but still neglect to take care of themselves despite knowing they have it. This ought to help.
Confucious say: Block action of enzyme long time much bad mojo.
See: statins, cox2 inhibitors, others.
And you have people like one of my kin who will say, ‘Hurray, I can stop watching my diet, eat what I want, and just take this pill!’.
I am 5-10 weigh 145# and walk 6 miles a day on an inclined treadmill.
Still have “pre-Diabetes. Will be looking into this.
I am constantly confounded that people will simply not accept this simple solution.
The body is an amazing machine, but you have to perform maintenance. Sitting in an office 8 hours a day, driving home and then sitting in front of the TV or computer until bedtime in between stuffing your pie hole with 3 meals and countless snacks is a certain death sentence.
And yet, people seem not to grasp why they are obese and have a plethora of ailments and maladies. Stunning.
No one has to be a middle-aged Olympian, put ya gotta move!
I thought everything you eat is broken down in the body and turned into sugar ,fuel for your body ,so if it’s flushed before it’s used ,could be trouble
Do you have a meter? Get one. Test your after meal sugars every 30 min for 3hr post meal. Not every time and forever, mind you. Just to find out which meals are jacking your sugar.
If it makes your sugar go up, don’t eat that. Or only eat 1/2 as much next time. Test again. Once you have an idea, stop eating the culprits!
My a1c was 13+ when I was diagnosed. It runs in the low 5’s or high 4’s now with only metformin. If it makes my sugar go over 100 post prandial, I don’t eat that.
Hint: sugar, starch, large volumes of food (even low starch veggies!) will jack your sugars. So will stress. Stress will cause my liver to dump sugar like nobody’s business.
It’s not just fat people. My mom weighs all of 105# soaking sopping wet. Her post prandial when she was tested 5 years ago? 300+. The most she’d ever weighed in her life was 118. That was the day before she had my kid brother.
Interesting. I just scheduled an appt with my Endocrinologist to discuss.
Yep. If a person is in denial, he probably won’t bother with the pill. If he’s suicidal, he won’t take it. That’s a lot of people, unfortunately. IMO, this pill seems most likely to benefit someone who is already doing all he can do, but whose blood sugar is still out of control.
I’ve been testing for some time. I have a high fasting sugar for whatever reason.
I eat very little carbs and virtually no processed carbs or sugar. Small meals and lots of protein. Have a pretty good post prandial response (around 85 2 hr PP).
Metformin did absolutely nothing for me. Had better results with Chromium.
I tend to shy away from new drugs.
There’s always some nut/crank in every medical thread (Actually two so far in this one) who pushes simple lifestyle changes as a cure-all for a complex metabolic disorder. Sure didn’t work for #7, nor many others. Don’t be so simple minded. The body, genetics and circumstances are much more complicated than you’ll ever grasp with that approach.
I’m a nurse for over 35 yrs now....I can tell you some of the sickest people are skinny....a lot of them smokers or drug abusers or alcoholics....a lot of them have absolutely no reserves to sustain illness, so when illness strikes, it really comes hard...
Have your adrenals checked, just because.
Do you get sufficient sleep? Lack of sleep will give me high sugar too.
Adrenals, no. Sleep like a baby 8-9 hrs/night.
I was diagnosed with type II when in my mid 50s. I wasn’t excessively overweight and I was/am primarily pre-diabetic, only a little bit above the norm. For six years diet and exercise worked just fine and I also lost weight. Then, the A1C and daily readings started to climb again so my doctor put me on some meds that brought things back to normal. She told me that sometimes as you age the diet and exercise no longer work as well so I’m now tied to the meds. If this gets me off the other two meds I’m all for it. I understand how it works and I’ve been following the progress for a few years now. Chemistry experiment indeed. You’re more of a chemistry experiment each time you swill a homebrew or custom beer than you are taking this.
it may be that age trumps diet and exercise....... that seems to be happening to me
Hey, how’d you get my picture?
How many grams of sugar and starch do you eat? I’m assuming you’ve had your liver tested?
Dawn phenomenon is tricky. My mom had that for a while. She started eating one string cheese before bed and that fixed it.
YMMV, of course.
Nope, the first I have heard of that. Will do some research on it though.
Wow! We can urinate calories now. Who knew? Idiot “journalists”.
Metformin helped damage my kidneys and chromium did absolutely nothing for me.
There is no one size fits all diet or treatment that works for every diabetic. We just have to find what’s best for us individually.
I eat peanuts/almonds for a late night snack and that helps a bit.
Carbs around 40/day
Sugars: 20 or less.
Liver enzymes were A-OK last time checked.
Your liver hates you.
That’s ok, mine hated me too for a while. Maybe they can form a support group or something.
The only thing i’ve done differently lately is take probiotics. And make sure I get enough vitamin d3. That helped my sugars too. I was paaaasty white when my a1c was 13. I get nice and tan in the summer. Helps my energy level too.
Me too...until they have been in use for some time and appear to be safe and effective.
When Januvia came on the market, I had various medical professionals, friends and relatives push me into trying it. I didn't. My family doctor said it was too new. Sure enough, some serious issues have developed.
Too many sweet dreams.
Ok, I have to tell this. One night I dreamed I was in Krispy Kreme. Even the smell was right. I was eating a whole dozen flat of those. Chocolate covered with the icing in the middle. (no telling the carbs in those, I do NOT want to know!). When I woke up my sugar was 120. Which never happens. It’s always somewhere between 80 and 85 fasting. All I can think is my dream convinced my liver that a bunch of sugar was on the way. Or something.
Or maybe my sugar went up for some reason and my body felt that and adjusted my dreams accordingly.
I miss those donuts.
My A1C is not really bad (5.9)it’s just that dang “Dawn Phenom” you mentioned.
I guess inexplicable would be the word to describe it.
Antibiotic manufacturers are gearing up for the inevitable UTI’s right now!
Long cranberry futures!
If I wake up after an action dream where I’m running or afraid or something my sugar is always higher. It’s like my liver is dumping it because i’m going to need it
That’s probably what’s driving up your a1c.
Now, I’m off to slave to my recumbant bike. Getting old sucks.
How soon before the ambulance chasers start the commercials about how you can get billions by suing the drug manufacturer?
Funny how the FDA never gets sued.
My husband has wild and crazy dreams almost every night, you may be on to something.
Hope it’s in front of the TV. Only way I can survive the 6 miles on the treadmill I endure every day.
Recumbant bike has handle bar thingies that I can prop a book on. I usually read. I’m trying to get back to riding for 30 or 45m a day. Soon it will be garden season and I’ll get plenty of exercise then.
The brain is a powerful thing.
Unless it's encased in the skull of a liberal.
I've lost ten pounds and I am not stopping until I am drug free.
Every time I go to the kitchen, I look at this huge bandage, and think of my mangled finger. What a damned waste. I should have dumbass tattooed on my forehead.
In my case this incident was completely avoidable.
Get your sugar under control. Get off the meds.
Or the best thing they will do is slice your finger open like a hot dog.
As many Type 2 diabetics have figured out, high blood sugar at night means more trips to the restroom to expel sugar. It sounds to me like this treatment could cause some people to lose sleep. Urine isn’t the only fluid that expels excess sugar. The body can send it out through the sinuses also. Clogged sinuses, dry mouth, sleep apnea, and waking to drink fluids are not pleasant experiences. I bring all this up because many doctors don’t have a clue that these maladies are related to high blood sugar. They may not use any discretion when recommending when patients should take this drug. Just my 2 cents on the subject. Feel free to disregard it.
I wonder how much they will charge for this new drug.
I'll assume you are black. Blacks taking vitamin D supplements could have an increased risk of calcified arteries.