Diabetes

Diabetes Injury Lawyer

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes and used to be known as adult-onset diabetes. Several drugs prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes, have been linked to serious and fatal side effects including heart failure, cancers, pancreatitis, and renal failure.  If you’ve taken any diabetes drug and suffered injury, you may need to speak with a diabetes injury lawyer.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body no longer uses insulin properly (insulin resistance), when the pancreas no longer produces enough insulin, or both. In diabetes, blood sugar levels are too high, resulting in long-term damage throughout the body.

Although the results are often the same, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are very different. Healthy diet and lifestyle can often prevent Type 2 diabetes, and for some can be used to manage the disease without the need for medication. At this time, there is no known way to prevent Type 1 diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes Medications

There are several types of diabetes medication. Metformin lowers blood sugar by reducing glucose production in the liver. Some people with Type 2 diabetes must take insulin.

Examples of popular, but dangerous, Type 2 Diabetes medications include:

Thiazolidinedione (TZD) drugs, Actos and Avandia, help control blood sugar in people with insulin resistance by increasing sensitivity to insulin.

Incretin mimetics and DPP-4 inhibitors, such as Byetta, Januvia, and Victoza, help lower blood sugar by increasing insulin produced and lowering glucose production.

Heart Risks

Actos and Avandia increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and death. Actos was once believed to be safer for the heart than Avandia, but more recent study found that they carry an almost identical risk.

Cancers

Actos has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer, especially with prolonged use of the drug.

Byetta and Victoza have been linked to an increased risk of Thyroid cancer. Januvia has been linked to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatitis and Kidney Failure

Januvia, Byetta, and Victoza have all been linked to pancreatitis and kidney failure.

Acute pancreatitis is a very dangerous condition which can quickly lead to multi-organ failure and death. Januvia and Byetta have also been linked to:

  • Bleeding in the pancreas (hemorrhagic pancreatitis)
  • Tissue death in the pancreas (necrotizing pancreatitis)

These Type 2 diabetes drugs can cause or worsen kidney failure to the point that dialysis is required.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a diabetes medication, please find a diabetes medication lawyer in your area right away.