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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Diabetics Get Help from Gila Venom

Diabetics Get Help from Gila Venom: "Byetta is the first in a new class of drugs that mimic the effects of the human hormone, GLP-1, which the gut secretes when a person eats. That hormone stimulates insulin production and regulates blood sugar.

'It's huge,' said Dr. John Miles, professor of medicine at Mayo College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. 'This drug has the potential to make the biggest splash since the introduction of metformin (another diabetes drug) in 1995. The reason is the weight loss.'

The vast majority of diabetes drugs cause weight gain, something most diabetics can ill afford.

Austinite Beth Barnes said she has lost 55 pounds since she started injecting Byetta twice a day last summer. Even so, she is able to eat foods in moderation that she could not eat before without paying a price on the scale. At Thanksgiving, for example, she had pumpkin pie and dressing.

'It's been wonderful, but you do have side effects,' said Barnes, 57, who owns a travel agency."

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