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Fri May 04 19:25:38 UTC 2012

My diabetic doctor is suggesting Victoza, to help with continuing weight gain, what do you think?
Asked By: bilmarsh  
Category: Insulin

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As a 69 year old long term diabetic, I am particularly insulin resistant. I take 108 units of Levemir and a ratio of 1 to 5 Novolog, plus a correction factor of 1 additional unit for eaclhl 20 blood sugar points above 20. I use a 1 to 4 ratio for dinner, plus correction. My diabetic specialists want me to try Victoza to help blood sugars and 25 pound weight gain over 5 years. Weight gain is still continuing. I am waiting for FDA approval of victoza when on insulin. What do you think?
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2012-05-09 19:22:50.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Approved by the FDA,Victoza (liraglutide) is a once-daily injection used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults. Along with diet and exercise, Victoza helps lower blood sugar levels by stimulating the beta cells to release insulin only when blood glucose levels are high. It is to be used with other diabetes medications.

Victoza is one of the few diabetes medicines that does not promote weight gain. Although this diabetes medication does not carry an indication for weight loss, there have been reports of successful weight loss among people taking this medication. It decreases appetite. Less food is usually eaten.

Lifestyle changes remain the foundation for successful weight control, Be sure to consult with a registered dietitian about fine-tuning your meal and exercise plan. Regular physical activity can help reduce insulin resistance.

This discussion on Victoza might be helpful!

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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Community Answers (1)
2013-03-29 16:30:51.0

I am a non-insulin diabetes 2 male. I took Victoza in addition to Metformin for approximately 6 months. I was sick to my stomach every minute of the first month. It did nothing to reduce my numbers. In my opinion it is worthless and it puts people at risk of getting thryroid cancer.
Answered By: jazzmanfla

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