What are the advantages of a diabetes drug for HIV patients?
A diabetes drug can have several benefits along with lowering blood sugar in those people who are suffering from HIV. A latest study conducted at Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis by its researchers state that severe cardiovascular problems can be prevented by the drug as it functions to minimize the inflammation that is linked to stroke and heart disease in these patients.
What are the effects of the human immunodeficiency virus?
Though an infection caused by human immunodeficiency virus does not cause a death sentence any more, patients who are suffering from the virus have a growing risk of diabetes and heart attacks, and problems relates to cholesterol, insulin, and glucose. Chronic inflammation forms part of what drives this risk.
So how does Sitagliptin in particularly beneficial for HIV patients?
Sitagliptin, the diabetes drug is marketed as Januvia and is taken orally by people who are suffering from Type 2 diabetes. The drug helps in lowering the levels of glucose in blood. Sitagliptin has been found to improve the metabolism rate and bring down the inflammation of HIV-positive adults who are undergoing anti-retro-viral therapy that helps to suppress the HIV virus to it maximum level. Lowering of inflammation plays a major role in stroke and other heart diseases. The drug is specifically used in those patients where diet alone cannot control diabetes. The drug should be used with exercise and diet.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that stays for the entire life and it affects the manner glucose, a kind of sugar in your blood is handled by a human body. Type 2 diabetes is a common type of diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is an ailment where the patient’s body cannot use insulin normally and thus the amount of sugar in the blood cannot be controlled. If you are suffering from type 2 diabetes, your body is not using insulin in proper fashion. It is also known as insulin resistance. Initially the pancreas creates additional insulin to compensate for it. However, after some time, it cannot keep up and adequate insulin cannot be made up so that your blood glucose is at normal level.
What are the risks associated with Sitagliptin?
There are certain risks associated with the intake of Sitagliptin. Inform your doctor if you had ever suffered from pancreatitis. In such a case you should immediately stop taking the drug. Consult your doctor right away if you have a severe pain in your abdomen or stomach area which is not just subsiding. Such a pain is usually felt to go from the abdomen through to the back. There may or may not be vomiting associated with the pain. These can be symptoms of an ailment called pancreatitis. Other problems that have been observed are dialysis at times and kidney problems.
Dr, Hootan Melamed is a renowned licensed pharmacist and is the founder and chairman of Skyler Holdings Ltd. He is known for his several significant contributions in the field of diabetes and compounding pharmacy.
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