In the early days of my Diabetes journey i was on victoza. An injection that made me extremely Nauseous most of the time, It did help with my blood glucose but over a period of time i ended up extremely slim, yes the only good thing about it was that i lost weight, a lot of weight.
I cam off that all those years ago to start on NovoRapid and lantus injections, carb counting and all that goes with the Type 1 Diabetes life. Yes things got very serious.
What i have noticed however is that my appetite has become something that is never satisfied and i just never feel full and satisfied, not even after a big meal. My weight has increased to an uncomfortable level and my blood glucose can sometimes be hard to manage.
Not everyone is aware that :
Amylin is the other substance that is missing in a person with type 1 diabetes. It is cosecreted with insulin from the pancreatic β-cells in the ratio of approximately 100:1 (insulin:amylin). Amylin plays a role in glycemic regulation by slowing gastric emptying and promoting satiety, thereby preventing postprandial spikes in blood glucose levels.
And that kinda explains why i was where i was with my blood glucose and weight gain.
Oh iv been trying to keep it all in check but i must admit i have not been all that successful. Then i get fed up, have a little treat, pump in more bolus insulin and as we all know as Insulin is a growth hormone the result is weight gain.
its a double whammy, when we eat, we gain weight, then we bolus to process the food but that help the weight gain too.
At clinic 6 months ago i wasn’t in a very good place with my diabetes management i was just so fed up with it all, i was doing what i should have done but there was little thought going into it. it felt as though it was all just a bad habit that i wanted rid of.
I was back in clinic last week and i literally took the bull by the horns. i wasn’t happy with my HBA1C or my weight and i couldn’t find a way forward. The consultant sat down and started talking to me and i literally said “I NEED HELP PLEASE” i was all set to beg if necessary, i’d have done anything, taken anything just to get on track.
VICTOZA he said, at first the memories of being on it before came flooding back from past experience, but i was quick to say ok can i have that please.
Iv been on it for a week now, only the 0.6 dose that you have to start with for a month before increasing to 1.2 and the result is good so far.
My appetite is definitely in a better place, now i eat because its meal time. My blood glucose is amazingly stable with a constant flat line showing on my CGM and hardly a speed bump to be seen lol, my bolus’s are more effective and Iv lost 8lb and i’m thrilled with that, and its covered on our Long Term Illness Scheme (LTI)
Now the down side:
I’m a bit more tired than usual, when i burp it makes me feel a little sick and i’ve got a taste in my mouth that is making everything taste funny. its worth it though, to see the results im getting.
“Adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D) who take a daily dose of liraglutide demonstrated improvements in HbA1c levels, weekly average blood glucose. Also called blood sugar.X levels and increased weight loss, according to the study, “Liraglutide as an Additional Treatment to Insulin.
Victoza is not an insulin its a Liraglutide (NN2211) which is a derivative of a human incretin (metabolic hormone), glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) that is used as a long-acting glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist.
A little more reading
For those who think diabetes is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle let me clarify a couple of things.
I have type 1 diabetes. It’s an autoimmune disease. Nothing I did, or didn’t do caused it and nothing I do will cure it. There’s is currently no cure for Type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes happens because our own antibodies attack and destroy an organ in the body. it’s an autoimmune response where antibodies that normally fight disease mistake a part of our body
(the pancreas in this case) as foreign and attack to destroy it.
When those antibodies attack the insulin-producing islets in the pancreas we stop producing insulin so we need to inject or pump it.
Without insulin a person with type 1 diabetes would die. At present it is not known what causes this to happen, and there is no cure.
A person with Type 1 diabetes MUST inject or pump insulin to stay alive.
There are many factors that contribute to a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes so pre judgement of a lifestyle choice is unfair at very least.
A person with Type 2 diabetes, while still producing their own insulin for various reasons their body cannot use it correctly or efficiently.
These people are generally treated with oral medications and sometimes with insulin injections.