Re: Using Symlin
- From: Jenny <lottadata@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2006 17:25:34 -0400
1. Symlin is especially recommended for diabetics who inject insulin at
meal times, usually folks with severe lack of ability to manufacture
Dr. Bernstein talked about Symlin at length in his most recent teleconference. What he explained is that Amylin is another hormone that is produced by the same beta cells that produce insulin. It's most important function from what he's observed in his patients is to induce satiety.
Byetta stimulates the beta cells to produce amylin, which means that it is only useful in people like severely insulin resistant type 2s who still have a significant number of functioning beta cells.
If a person doesn't have functioning beta cells, then Byetta will not cause them to produce amylin. At that point, they would need to use Symlin, which is synthetic amylin.
He says from his experience Symlin is helpful for Type 1s or Type 2s with dead beta cells who have problems controlling their eating--much like Byetta in that regard. But he has not seen it make much difference in blood sugars and the research papers don't suggest that it does that either.
http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes Diabetes Info
http://www.alt-support-diabetes.org/newlydiagnosed.htm Get Your Blood Sugar Under Control
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