Saturday, March 28, 2015

Treatment Advances in Type 2 Diabetes

News Brief by Samantha Fine            
          Approximately 29 million Americans have Diabetes, the most common form being Type 2 Diabetes. This chronic disease occurs when one’s pancreas cannot supply the insulin required in order to maintain normal blood glucose levels. One method of treatment is insulin therapy, which usually is achieved through insulin injections; however, new types of insulin are entering the market such as Afrezza, a rapid acting insulin inhalant. One can be administered insulin simply by breathing in Afrezza. There are also new injectable drugs that help regulate blood sugar and appetite, which could help with weight loss for certain Type 2 patients. New oral drugs have been developed that create long-term blood sugar control and not only do some of these drugs aid symptoms of diabetes; but help treat other issues such as menstrual problems, infertility and Parkinson’s disease. Most diabetics must constantly check their blood sugar levels with monitors; however now, there is a new way to check blood glucose, called continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), which uses a tiny sensor that can continually check sugar levels and contains an alarm for low and high levels of blood glucose. These treatment advances allow diabetics to have more pathways and choices to manage their disease.

Lewis, Sarah. "Treatment Advances in Type 2 Diabetes." Treatment Advances in Type 2 Diabetes. N.p., 04 Aug. 2014. Web. 27 Mar. 2015. .
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