There is no doubt we have some pretty cool new medications to deal with diabetes. Who would’ve thought to look at one of the few venomous reptiles in North America (the hila monster) and say “Hey! I wonder if it would help diabetics if we suck out some saliva from that thing and inject it directly into the bloodstream??”
Byetta is now old school and now we’re getting a little more creative and developing new drugs to get around the need to inject the drug into the patient. The new DDP-4 inhbitors are a massive push for all new drug development around diabetic management.
Bottom line is that modern chemistry is constantly brewing up new stuff to inject or swallow to manage the bane of human physiology. So where has this gotten us in the past 20 years?
An additional 1.8 years. BILLIONS of dollars on research, development and treatment and we get 1.8 more years to a diabetics’ life. The average diabetic today dies 14 years after their initial diagnosis. That is a shortened lifespan. How’s that for return on investment?
The bottom line is that if a diabetic relies on the latest and greatest medications to manage their blood sugars instead of strong lifestyle changes, they have written their own death sentence an average of 14 years in the future.
I had a new patient recently in the office that was diagnosed with diabetes 3 years ago. She has been taught that artificial sweeteners are ok for diabetes. I informed her, in no uncertain terms, that this runs absolutely contrary to all the current medical literature on artificial sweeteners. Her decision to avoid them, as well as additional changes she needs to make, from here on out will have a direct impact on how long she is going to live. Period. It’s not genetics. It’s not because your mom and dad were diabetic. It is because of the choices YOU make today.