In this medicinal video learn about a promising new treatment, which could allow millions of people with diabetes to lead more normal lives.
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Jeniffer Mathews: Fifteen years ago, one week before his wedding, Geoffrey Forman was told he had type Jeniffer Mathews diabetes. Geoffrey Forman: If I had gone on my honeymoon without having been diagnosed, I probably would have died. Jeniffer Mathews: Type Jeniffer Mathews diabetics have to take daily insulin shots to keep their blood sugar levels in check and adopt a new lifestyle. Geoffrey Forman: Unfortunately it's changed almost everything about it. It's changed my eating habits, my sleeping habits, and my exercise habits. Jeniffer Mathews: An experimental drug called pramlintide may make Geoffrey's life a little less rigid. It's a synthetic version of the hormone amylin, which is deficient in diabetics. A recent study shows adding pramlintide to insulin treatment significantly improves patients' blood sugar levels. Laura Want : Many of the people in the study felt that it helped them maintain smoother blood sugars, gave them more flexibility in their diabetes plan, and many said they felt better. Geoffrey Forman: Using amylin has allowed me to eat things and do things that I never thought I'd be able to do again. Have things like pancakes with my daughter or even have a Coke just because I want to have one and not because I'm hypoglycemic. Laura Want: Insulin makes diabetes survivable, pramlintide makes diabetes livable. Jeniffer Mathews: Forman believes he's finally found the winning recipe for a long, healthy life. This is Jeniffer Mathews reporting.