I’m participating in WEGO Health’s National Health Blog Post Month (#NHBPM) during the month of November. I’ll be writing 30 posts in 30 days based on the prompts they supply. Learn more here. Wish me luck!
Today’s prompt: “I don’t know about this, but I’d like to…”
I don’t know too much about symlin. Which is why you should take nothing from this website or from this post as medical advice. I’m not a doctor. If you want to make changes to your health care plan, contact your doctor. I am also not endorsing symlin, I’m just interested.
The first time I went to my new endocronologist (about a year ago) was one of the first times I had heard about the drug. She was intersted in introducing me to symlin to help battle post-meal highs. According to their website:
“SYMLIN is a noninsulin diabetes medicine that helps people with diabetes control their blood sugar levels by replacing a hormone called amylin.”
People with diabetes aren’t only not producing insulin, but we also don’t produce (or produce very little) amylin. Again, from the Symlin website:
“Amylin is a hormone that partners with insulin to help control blood sugar levels. Just as people with diabetes make little or no insulin, they also make little or no amylin. Without enough amylin and insulin, your blood sugar levels can go too high after meals. This is because:
- Amylin helps control how much sugar gets into your blood and how quickly it gets there
- Insulin controls how much sugar gets out of your blood and into the muscles and tissues in your body”
I’m intrigued. I’ve met people who take Symlin (or a similar drug, I can’t remember what it’s called) and really like it. I’ve met people who hate it. I’ve heard that it causes some nausea in the beginning and I’ve heard that it can cause some pretty stubborn lows.
For almost 15 years, I’ve been managing my diabetes without symlin. Is it something that will really make that much a difference in my overall control? Or would it be one more thing to remember, one more thing to take care of, and one more prescription to buy?
Either way, it’s something I don’t know much about, but I’d like to. Have any of you tried Symlin (or something similar)? Are you still taking it? Pros? Cons? I’d love to hear from you!