There’s Trouble in River City…Maybe

So that wasn’t exactly like Dr. Harold Hill sang it.  He was sure there was trouble.  In this case there might be trouble with some of the drugs used to treat diabetes, or there might not be.  (Far be it from me to point out if you have Prediabetes and are working to reverse it, you wouldn’t have to be concerned about this topic.)

I came across an article on that states “…unpublished findings by a group of academic researchers that suggest pre- cancerous cellular changes may be associated with Type 2 diabetes drugs called incretin mimetics…”  The findings are unpublished, which makes them a bit questionable, so further research is being done by the FDA.  But warnings from the FDA have been issued as early as 2007 and 2009 due to increased incidents of pancreatitis in people using these drugs.

What drugs might be included in this group?  Well, exenatide, liraglutide, sitagliptin, saxagliptin, alogliptin and linagliptin.  You might know them by other names like Januvia, Janumet, Byetta, and others.  I encourage you to read the article for yourself – it names other drugs, as well.

Until more is known, talk with your doctor and pharmacist about what you might need to do, if anything.  Or if any other testing needs to be done in order to catch a problem while it’s small and treatable.

If we are real lucky, Katherine, our friendly, virtual neighborhood pharmacist might write a new posting about this.  Who knows, this might not be news at all to health professionals. is primarily a business news site that investors trust and is often used as source material for news casts.  The article does mention sales figures for some of the name drugs.  You might find that really interesting.

On a personal note, when my doctor was working to get my A1c down in the beginning, I was not responding fast enough on Metformin, so he gave me Janumet – and it was like a Silver Bullet in getting my glucose down.  Again, talk with your doctor and pharmacist about the drugs to see if making a change is the right move for you.

As always, thank you for reading.  You can win your War On Diabetes!



I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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