Happy Halloween, everyone! but not too happy...I write this post
bearing a message of warning to all parents and adult-children of
awesome Halloween memories who are donning costumes tonight in the
spirit of the cryptic and the corpuscular: be sure to disguise yourself
as a ghoul, a goblin, a vampire ...a zombie even...but DO NOT under any
circumstances arrange the fake blood and applied stitchings that may
imply that you're the M-word. You may be in danger of being snatched
away in the middle of the night by GIANTS!! (Corporate, that is)
Quite possibly to NEVER RETURN.
That's right. According to CNN Money, monsters...more specifically, Gila Monsters, are being captured by scientists (mad ones?? I hope not!!) and drained of their saliva for the sake of making Diabetes medication. Byetta has been on the market since 2005, and is one of the many new medications out there for the management of Diabetes.
Knowing which medication is right for you can be confusing. Good thing there are physicians like Dr. Steven Nissen who is chief cardiologist of the Cleveland Clinic, who is studying the effects of these medications. He has co-authored research findings in The Journal of the American Medical Association that has found that between two types of competing Diabetes medications, Actos and Avandia, they both pose cardiovascular risks. However, Actos proves to be safer than Avandia.
If you're unsure or confused about what medication might be right for you, I recommend that you:
A) Speak with your physician about these new drugs
B) Read the literature and stay abreast of current medical news
C) Read warning labels. And heed them.
That includes this one! Seriously. If you're reading this dressed in a rubber suit that may liken you to a a rare venomous lizard from the American Southwest/Mexico area, it may be a good idea to recycle the Borat costume from last year.
Dr. Steven Nissen is Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the Joseph J. Jacobs Center for Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. Board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine, he specializes in intravascular ultrasound, digital angiography and computer image processing, and coronary intensive care. He practices in Cleveland, Ohio.