SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

April 5, 2013

New Diabetes drug OK’d

Medicine

FDA OKs new drug for Type 2 diabetes

By Katie Thomas THE NEW YORK TIMES

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved the first of a new class of medicines to treat diabetes.

  • The drug, Invokana, will be sold by Johnson & Johnson and treats patients with Type 2 diabetes in a new way, by causing blood sugar to be excreted in the urine. Many existing drugs work by affecting the supply or use of insulin.

“We continue to advance innovation with the approval of new drug classes that provide additional treatment options for chronic conditions that impact public health,” Dr. Mary Parks, who oversees drugs for metabolic diseases at the FDA, said in a statement issued by the agency.

  • Invokana is taken once a day. Clinical trials of more than 10,000 patients showed that it improved patients’ blood-sugar levels and also led to weight loss and reductions in blood pressure.
  • But the drug, whose generic name is canagliflozin, also has potentially serious side effects. The clinical trials revealed some signs of elevated stroke risk and a small increase in patients experiencing heart attacks within the first 30 days of taking the medicine. The drug also was shown to raise LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels, although it also raised the level of HDL, or “good” cholesterol.
  • The FDA is requiring Johnson & Johnson to conduct five post-marketing studies, including a clinical trial to more definitively determine whether the drug increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Another study will monitor for other side effects such as cancers, pancreatitis and liver problems.

An estimated 26 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. Many of the medications on the market come with side effects such as weight gain and hypoglycemia, a dangerous drop in blood sugar.

(WOW, sound like a winner or what?. . .sic, just a tinge of sarcasm. 

You know this blog and almost every other person out there with a focus on holistic healing speaks of eliminating diabetes from the most severe to moderate conditions all the way down to  complete  freedom from  its dire threats just by  following  a natural, organic, eating regimen and  eliminating  refining and processing in all it’s forms of canned, packaged and other  foods; removing as many chemicals from one’s life as possible.  One can be free of the eternal testing and off medications  in a matter of weeks or a month.  

Now if the medical complex would spend  just a fraction of all this money teaching diabetics the value of  proper eating and how to accomplish that, we wouldn’t have any obesity or diabetes and a marked reduction in all other “chronic diseases”.    But wait,  physicians aren’t trained in nutrition, are they?  So how can they teach it, when most of them don’t have a clue about it.   We’ll keep doing what we can.  Jan)

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