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Drug Approved for Weight Loss

Matthew Garza and Rhea Teng

writing for Diatribe report that

Wegovy, a once-weekly injectable

medication (generic name:

semaglutide), has been approved by

the FDA to treat obesity and excess

weight - conditions that can lead to

Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. This

new treatment has led to significant

weight loss in clinical trials;

expected to be available in the US in

summer 2021

Dr. Donna Ryan, a renowned

obesity researcher from the

Pennington Biomedical Research

Center at LSU, said, "[This] is the best

news I have [heard] in a long time,

and I have been eagerly awaiting

it." And Dr. Robert Kushner from

Northwestern University, who was

an author on the research papers

that led to Wegovy's approval, said,

"The approval of Wegovy provides

the availability of a more effective

medication for the management of

obesity and sets the stage for a new

generation of drugs that harness

the benefits of naturally occurring

hormones such as GLP-1."

By treating obesity and excess

weight as chronic conditions, this

could help prevent people from

developing Type 2 diabetes and

other health complications. The

new type of treatment may also help

address the stigma around diabetes

and obesity - neither condition

is a lifestyle choice nor personal

flaw, but rather the two are medical

conditions involving a number of

factors, including genetics and

environment. To read the full article,

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)

Diabetes UK Cymru is supporting a

new leaflet on Diabetic Ketoacidosis

(DKA) in collaboration with NHS

Wales and Dee Pinnington, the

mother of Alistair Thomas, who

died of the complication in 2018.

The leaflet, When someone you

love has type 1 diabetes: Knowing

what to do in an emergency, is for

relatives, partners and friends of

people living with type 1 diabetes

and was written by diabetologist Dr

Stephen Stanaway, Medical Director

at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. It

reflects the devastating experience

of Dee Pinnington, who spearheaded

the initiative.

Alastair Thomas, known as Ali,

was a singer and musician from

Flint, North East Wales, who had

two young children and died of DKA

aged 35. He had been diagnosed with

type 1 diabetes in his early twenties.

In October 2018, he felt poorly with

what he assumed to be a stomach

upset and took to his bed. After being

sick for another day and complaining

about back pain, he started to appear

disorientated. He then collapsed and

was taken to Chester Hospital, where

he died of complications induced by

experiencing DKA five days later.

Ali's mother, Dee Pillington,

also lives with Type 1 diabetes,

diagnosed when she was 50. She

says, "This shows that Type 1 can

be diagnosed at a later stage of our

lives. It's so important for loved ones

to be engaged with this condition.

Ali was very inspirational, he was a

big character, was very funny, kind

and made people feel happy. I felt

compelled to produce this leaflet

to inform and help others, as well

as remember and honour Ali's life.

This leaflet is a reminder, something

people can keep on their fridge or

at hand, to know what to do, who

to call when diabetes becomes

an emergency."

Dai Williams, Diabetes UK Cymru's

National Director adds, "We wanted

to support Dee and remember Ali.

This initiative to show that anyone

with Type 1 diabetes can go into DKA,

at any age. It's about knowing what

to do when diabetes goes wrong,

for instance after a viral infection.

People need to know that infections

and other factors can seriously affect

blood sugars and trigger this life

threating complication and must act

very quickly."

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