What are some medical advances in Diabetes? With Dr. James R. Gavin
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So I’m excited about some of the newer breakthroughs that are occurring in diabetes. Because as a person who’s been involved in diabetes for more than 4 decades, you know, what I’m seeing now, what I’m able to talk about now is transformational in nature. Because first and foremost, for years, we tried to use control of blood pressure; getting it as close to normal as we possibly could and thought that would decrease the likelihood of people having heart attacks and strokes and dying from this disease, that really has not worked out that way at all. You certainly accomplish some good by tightly controlling blood sugar but that’s not nearly enough.
Now we’re seeing newer drugs; two classes for example, drugs called the SGLT2 inhibitors, if there’s a fancy name for a class of drugs that works through the kidneys, by helping to excrete more of the glucose from your blood out in the urine, okay, nobody ever would have suspected that these new drugs, new classes of drugs would do what they’re doing; which is to decrease the risk of people dying from cardiovascular complications like heart attacks and strokes. New, completely new.