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Therapies & Treatments – Helping Patients Live Better Lives

Diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. (Photo credit: Anetta_R / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
(Photo credit: Anetta_R / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. Most of the food you eat is broken down into sugar (also called glucose) and released into your bloodstream. When your blood sugar goes up, it signals your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy. If you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use the insulin it makes as well as it should. When there isn’t enough insulin or cells stop responding to insulin, too much blood sugar stays in your bloodstream. Over time, that can cause serious health problems, such as heart diseasevision loss, and kidney disease.

Patient Stories 
My journey to getting real about diabetes: https://www.getrealaboutdiabetes.com/anthony-andersons-diabetes-story.html
In Bolivia, Life for a Child Helps a youth achieve his dream: Search for this story on https://www.lilly.com/

Examples of Common Treatments Developed With Animal Models

DrugUsageAnimal Models
FarxigaDiabetesDogs, hamsters, mice, monkeys, pigs, rabbits, rats
GlimepirideDiabetesCats, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, monkeys, rats
GlipizideDiabetesCats, dogs, mice, monkeys, pigs, rabbits, rats
Insulin AspartDiabetesCats, dogs, mice, monkeys, pigs, rabbits, rats
Insulin GlargineDiabetesCats, cows, dogs, fish, mice, monkeys, pigs, rabbits, rats
InvokanaDiabetesHamsters, mice, monkeys, pigs, rabbits, rats
JardianceDiabetesChinchillas, guinea pigs, mice, monkeys, pigs, rabbits, rats
Metformin HydrochlorideHigh blood sugar, diabetesCats, dogs, frogs, mice, monkeys, pigs, rabbits, rats
RybelsusDiabetesDogs, hamsters, mice, monkeys, rabbits, rats
SteglatroDiabetesDogs, mice, monkeys, rabbits, rats
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