Mar 27, 2013 12:27 PM by NBC News

Diabetes treatment may damage pancreas

New research suggests a common treatment for diabetes may damage the pancreas.

Doctors studied the pancreases of deceased organ donors who took the drugs Januvia or Byetta to lower blood sugar, as well as those who took other diabetes medications.

Januvia and Byetta are under the umbrella of incretin therapies.

Researchers found incretin therapy patients were more likely to have an enlarged pancreas, abnormal cells, and some even developed a tumor.

The drugs are under investigation by the FDA for their possible links to pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.



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