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Insulin's Super Sidekick

by Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE

A partner at last
After more than 80 years of going it alone, it’s nice to know that insulin is finally getting some well-deserved help. But is Symlin right for you? That decision is a personal one to be made with your doctor. Symlin certainly warrants consideration if you need to lose weight or if you want better control over your after-meal blood glucose levels. The transition to using Symlin is easiest if you have a doctor or diabetes educator who is familiar and comfortable with the drug. But even if this is not the case, don’t hesitate to ask about Symlin — you and your team can learn about it together. (Amylin Pharmaceuticals offers a free patient support program by phone and e-mail that features a nurse who can answer questions and offer general guidance. To enroll, call [888] 796-5461 or visit www.symlinsupport.com.) Just be prepared to deal with the potential side effects of Symlin, and recognize that some trial and error will be necessary to get it working for you. In the end, you may wonder how you ever lived without such a terrific little helper.

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