Zyprexa & Knowing if Diabetes is a Threat
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Q:  Zyprexa & Knowing if Diabetes is a Threat

After reading and hearing about Zyprexa and diabetes I am concerned because diabetes runs in my family. I have been on Zyprexa for 3 years at varying doses. Prior to Zyprexa I was underweight, which was a big problem for me. When I started the Zyprexa my weight increased 15 lbs over 3 years. In addition I quit smoking which I attribute some added weight. I do have fat that is increasing in my abdomen area (i am male if that matters)... How does one know if diabetes is a threat? Zyprexa works so well for me I am afraid to come off of it. Im not sure what to do.....

Dear Dan -- 
We check "fasting glucose" for starters, and a "lipid panel" (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides).  The Zyprexa manufacturer is still trying to convince people that if you eat a very sensible diet and get good exercise, this will at least help handle these "metabolic changes", if not eliminate them; and, I have to admit, it's hard to argue with that (I just wonder how realistic this is for most people).  

Dr. Phelps

Published February, 2005


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