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July 20, 2005

Lizard Saliva Helps Diabetes Patients Control Weight

Topics: Medicine

Two new diabetes medications have helped some patients control their weight. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved two new diabetes drugs -- Byetta and Symlin -- that studies have proved help patients control their illness and cut back their eating. Byetta comes from the saliva of a scary-looking lizard -- the Gila monster.

The drugs mimic the effects of hormones, helping to regulate the disease by controlling liver functions and digestion, as well as making patients feel more full. The drugs have to be injected, but most diabetics because the needles are so tiny.

Posted by Hyscience at July 20, 2005 9:49 PM



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