Diabetes Drugs linked to Pancreatic Cancer Since 2013 Incretin medications for diabetes

In March of 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication linking diabetes drugs known as Incretin Mimetics, which include the brands Januvia, Janumet, Byetta Onglyza and Victoza, to serious pancreatic diseases, including cancer.  These drugs work by imitating the incretin hormones the body normally produces to naturally cause the release of insulin after a meal. They can lower blood sugar levels for adults with type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, the production…

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Treatments Available to Those Who Have Been Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer After Taking Diabetes Medications

Pancreatic cancer has been reported almost three times more in patients who treat their type 2 diabetes with incretin medications (Januvia, Janumet, Tradjenta, Byetta, Victoza, Onglyza, etc.) than in patients who treat with other diabetic therapies. Sadly, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with 74% of patients dying within the first year of diagnosis. Despite such grim statistics, there are several treatment options available to individuals who…

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Signs and Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

The diabetes (incretin) medications outlined in the adjacent table are linked to causing pancreatic cancer. Therefore, if you or a loved one has taken, or is currently taking, one or more of these medications, you could be at an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, there are usually no early warning signs of pancreatic cancer. Typically, by the time someone starts to experience symptoms, the cancer has spread outside of the pancreas. Nevertheless, there…

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Diabetes Drugs Linked To Causing Pancreatic Cancer

At present, approximately 29.1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes, and as many as 8.1 million (more) Americans have the disease but have not yet been diagnosed. Perhaps equally as staggering, by the end of this year, about 1.4 million new cases of diabetes will have been diagnosed. According to the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. People with…

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