Diabetes is a rare medical condition that when diagnosed with, many people strive to research everything about it including how it can be treated. Well, there are two ways in which you can treat diabetes: injecting lab synthesized insulin into the bloodstream or by taking drugs that enhance the production of beta-cells in the pancreas. In order to understand fully these conditions it is necessary that you first know the biology basics about diabetes.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a medical condition in which the human body develops an abnormally high blood sugar level as a result of reduced quantities of blood sugar control enzymes. The blood sugar control enzyme in this case is insulin. Insulin is produced naturally by the beta-cells located in the pancreas of human beings. Therefore a damaged pancreas will definitely lead to low insulin production and consequently diabetes.
Diabetes can be categorized into two types depending on the extent to which the pancreas has been destroyed. These are type I and type II diabetes. Type I diabetes occurs when all the beta-cells have been destroyed and therefore the patient will solely depend on external sources of insulin to control the blood sugar level. Type II diabetes, on the other hand, occurs when only a few cells have been destroyed and therefore there are low quantities of insulin in the bloodstream.
With enormous research by large corporations drugs such as the Januvia have been developed to stimulate the body to produce new beta-cells. With new and active beta-cells the body is capable of producing its own insulin and therefore making it unnecessary to look for external insulin.
However, the use of these drugs is accompanied by undesired side effects that sometimes lead to death. For instance, the Januvia drug has been linked to several instances in which diabetic patients develop Pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, or bile duct cancer. These medical conditions caused by the continuous use of Januvia pose a life risk to diabetic patients. There are also other side effects of this drug that make patients very uncomfortable using it. These side effects include the upper respiratory tract infection, diarrhea, runny nose, headache, and stomach upset.
A Drug Lawyer Comes In
Since the continuous use of these drugs has life-risking side effects, diabetic patients might find it necessary to file a Januvia lawsuit. Whether by omission on the part of the manufacturer or the user, the manufacturer must take responsibility for any undesired effects of these drugs.
The manufacturer should also inform the user appropriately on all the advantages, disadvantages, and risks that he/she exposes him/herself to by using this drug. The patient might therefore find it necessary to seek the services of a dedicated and experienced lawyer to represent them in legal proceedings that may ensue when the patients seek compensation from the drug manufacturers. A good lawyer will ensure that the patient gets up to the last penny that he/she deserves as a result of the damages caused by the usage of the drug.