Diabetes is a major problem in the US, and the severity of this problem is rising on a daily basis. As per
some reports, nearly 9% of Americans are already suffering from diabetes. That is around 29 million
people. At the same time, 86 million more have already reached the prediabetes stage, where they have
high blood sugar but not high enough to suffer from type 2 diabetes.
The trend seems likely to continue due to unhealthy lifestyles and diets followed by Americans. In spite
of the best efforts of campaigns and providing information, many people are unaware that their
lifestyles can lead to this dangerous disease.
Medications have been available for fighting against the growing problem of diabetes for years.
However, their effectiveness leaves a lot to be desired. That is why continuous research takes place in
order to develop new medications and treatments for getting rid of diabetes. Currently, a new set of
medications have been approved by the FDA for use in treating type 2 diabetes. Two of them are
Afrezza is available in the form of a powder and is meant to be inhaled. The action time for this drug is
incredibly fast. It is meant to be taken with meals so as to improve the glycemic control for adults
suffering from diabetes. Extensive studies have been performed with the drug. It has shown significant
improvements for patients of type 1 diabetes and even in patients suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. Blood
sugar levels were considerably reduced in both sets of patients.
However, there is a side effect to Afrezza due to its method of administration. Because it is meant to be
inhaled, it can lead to bronchospasm among patients who also suffer from chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease or asthma. Other possible side effects of this drug include cough, hypoglycemia and
throat pain or irritation. Doctors remain hesitant to prescribe this medication, and sentiment towards it
has been less than positive.
Manufactured by GSK, Tanzeum is albiglutide which has been classified as a type of glucagon-like
peptide-1 receptor agonist. Glucagon-like peptide-1, or GLP-1 for short, is a hormone which can help
normalize the levels of blood sugar in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. Tanzeum will bind to the
GLP-1 so as to stimulate the release of insulin that is dependent on glucose. At the same time, the
release of glucagon, that boosts sugar levels, will be blocked. Tanzeum is meant to be administered by
injection. It is supposed to be used in conjunction with exercise and diet.
Tanzeum has been noticed to be effective after 8 clinical trials. It has even been tested alongside other
common treatments for type 2 diabetes. Albiglutide, the main component in Tanzeum, can cause side
effects ranging from mild to severe. Some of them include muscle pain, joint pains, cough, diarrhea and
loss of voice. It may also increase risk of thyroid cancer.
The fact remains that medications will not be enough to curb the increase in the number of diabetes
cases in America. People need to implement strict changes in their lifestyle and diet. Exercising and
maintaining strong control over weight is essential as well.