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I just realized this thread started in February and I am very curious what choice the original poster made and what the outcome is so far.
Liraglutide is very similar to Byetta. It was not until I started the Byetta injections did I start loosing weight, finding energy and feeling human again. Both drugs are diabetic drugs. It turns out that research is finding that PCOS is very closely related to type 2 Diabetes and if you start treating PCOS early you may not develop the type two diabetes.
The drug does three things:
It slows the emptying of your stomaching contents so you feel full longer and it keeps your blood sugar levels in your blood more stable. This is a very good thing.
It increases production of insulin so there is more of it about to be used by the cells when you eat.
It also reduces the amount of sugar released into your blood after a meal.
To me it was a wonder drug. When added to a rational eating plan like that promoted by sparkpeople and exercise you can get the weight off, have normal blood sugar levels, and prolong your desired quality of life.
I have been on the byetta injections for 8 years now and it has only been positive for me.
The first month I had to be very careful of my portion sizes because if I ate too much I felt like vomiting because the drug slows the emptying of your stomach.
I understand your reluctance to take the drug and to inject yourself and I agree with everyone else read about and think on it.
This is just been my experience. We are all different.
It sounds as if you have a progressive Endocrinologist who keeps up with research you are lucky. I hate when I have to bring copies of the research to my doctor.
Note: When I started byetta I was 340 lbs and gaining at least 20 lbs a year and after taking the drug my weight dropped down to 270 lbs with no effort.......because I got lazy and stopped exercising I regained some of the weight so now I am here working on the skills to always be a more normal weight.
Edited by: ENTICINGRAIN at: 7/7/2010 (17:26)
My doctor didn't even mention that as an option and haven't seen it on any of the sites I have looked into Would you want a second opinion?
Never heard of it before ... honestly, if I were you I'd try and do as much research on it as possible before I started putting something like that into my body. I have struggled with weight/PCOS/infertility for a VERY long time... and since starting my new "eating healthy" habits and using Spark, I've lost 17 lbs. and started getting my period (which I haven't had for MONTHS). I think combining good exercise and good food you might be able to control your symptoms of PCOS better. I also took Metformin for years, and all it did was screw my GI tract up... so it's a lot to think about... Good luck, if you need any support or anyone to talk to I'm here!
you might check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liraglutide if you have not dun so already
Cals Burned for 6 years = 2,359,000
6 years Deficit Total = 1,729,800
Should have lost: 250 to 495 pounds
Actual loss = 139 lbs and 50 inches from core
Hey out there in SparkLand. Last week I got OFFICIALLY diagnosed with PCOS. *Though that is what some doctors had thought for a few years now, so it wasn't a COMPLETE shock*
So I went to the endocrinologist and he put me on Metformin, Tri-low birth control and SUDDENLY out of NOWHERE he prescribes me an INJECTION!
It's called Liraglutide and has recently been approved by the FDA here in the states and has had some good results in Europe. However, it is still a new drug and I am TERRIFIED to start taking it.
Does anyone have ANY knowledge about this? Any experience at all? If so, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help!