LAS VEGAS -- A recent study compared the new type II diabetes drug Victoza, which is injected, with Januvia, an oral drug.
Researchers say Victoza controlled blood sugar better and helped patients lose more weight. Las Vegas endocrinologist Dr. James Snyder said that Victoza works on a hormone called GLP-1, improving insulin release and better control of blood sugar and something else.
"What's particularly interesting about this class of drugs is that this hormone also goes to the brain and can create a satiety effect, in other words, it's like the intestine saying we're working hard down here we've got plenty of food would you please stop eating?"
The new drug Victoza is in the same class as Byetta, but has the advantage of needing injection just once a day.