Victoza injections: yes or no?
I’m a Type 2 diabetic and overweight. I admit that I am lazy and have been struggling to make the right choices to lose weight.
My doctor has advised that as I have a short window of opportunity to try to ‘reverse’ my situation, I should try to lose weight on my own for the next 3 months. If no drop in my HbA1C level (currently 6.7), then I should go start taking Victoza injections.
I have just had my Glucophage dosage increased to 850mg twice daily. What experiences have other diabetics had on this medication? Should I try on my own or start on the Victoza sooner than later?
Any advice would be appreciated.
– Karin Munro
Victoza injections have to be prescribed
The first thing to understand is that Victoza injections have to be prescribed – your doctor has to write a script for them. Victoza is a medication used to treat Type 2 diabetes and obesity. While not technically a weight loss drug, it can help some people to lose weight. Victoza injections won’t reverse diabetes, though.
As of January 2021, a new medication called Xultophy is available for people living with Type 2 diabetes. It combines Victoza and Tresiba (ultra-long-acting insulin) and must be prescribed by your doctor. Ask your doctor about it if you are curious.
How to reverse Type 2 diabetes
If you want to reverse Type 2 diabetes, read this article: How to reverse Type 2 diabetes. We asked diabetes experts what the best method to reverse Type 2 diabetes is – and there was no mention of Victoza injections. The recipe?
We know that can seem like an impossible task, but we’re here to help! All you need to remember is TEEL:
Take your medication. Here’s an article to help with that.
Eat healthy food. Here are simple ways to start eating healthier.
Exercise, a little every day. It can be fun to get active (we promise!) Here are some ideas.
Lose weight, if you need to. Here are our best weight loss suggestions.
You are not alone
Whether you’re looking for information on Victoza injections, or trying to find the right meal plan (we have those too!) – remember that you are not alone. Join Diabetic South Africans to meet other people living with diabetes in SA, and come back to this site any time you need your questions answered. We’re all in this together.
What to read next?
How to reverse Type 2 diabetes: There is a ‘recipe’ for how to reverse Type 2 diabetes, and we’ve outlined it step-by-step here.
How to lose weight with diabetes: Expert tips to help you succeed.
Managing Type 2 diabetes: All you need to know to manage your condition, with terrific food and exercise tips.