(BPT) – Former Washington Redskins great Ron Saul has been a part of some storied football teams and was a crucial member of the Redskins’ most famous offensive line unit. Ron attributes a key part of his career success to the support of the fans. Now, Ron has partnered with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in order to return this support to the community and his fans by sharing his 18-year health journey living with type 2 diabetes.
The dedication and commitment Ron applied to his professional football career has also helped him handle his type 2 diabetes journey. Ron notes, “For me, my football mantra was always ‘there’s no such thing as giving up.’ This mantra has become a mindset that I have continued to apply off the field – to help me stay on track with managing my type 2 diabetes.”
Since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Ron has been proactive in seeking out information and support to help him live well with diabetes and has focused on making healthy living a priority. He uses these simple techniques and tips to help reach his goals:
- Staying active: Ron makes sure to plan time for exercise by using the elliptical daily and golfing regularly
- Eating well: hosting football tailgate parties helps Ron ensure there will be tasty, healthy options among the dishes
- Setting personal goals: prioritizing his diabetes management, Ron sets personalized goals and uses the downloadable Healthy Habits Tracker to help him reach his target goals
“It’s important to stay active, eat healthy, and work closely with your healthcare team,” says Ron. After trying many medications to manage his blood sugar, Ron’s doctor suggested INVOKANA® (canagliflozin), to help lower his blood sugar (A1C). “Now I look forward to each A1C test to track my progress toward my goal,” Ron notes.
INVOKANA® is a once-daily pill used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. In most clinical trials, the majority of people taking INVOKANA® reached an A1C goal of less than 7.0, a goal recommended by the American Diabetes Association. INVOKANA® works with the kidneys to help adults with type 2 diabetes lose some sugar through the process of urination. In clinical trials, treatment was also shown to reduce body weight and systolic blood pressure, and was generally well tolerated. The most common side effects of INVOKANA® include genital yeast infections, urinary tract infection, and changes in urination.[i] These specific adverse events were generally mild to moderate in intensity in clinical studies.
For Ron, “a key goal of mine is reaching my target blood sugar level of 7.0. However, about one-third of Americans with diabetes aren’t meeting that same goal.” By working closely with his doctor, Ron has been able better manage his type 2 diabetes and take control of his health. “That’s why I’ve partnered with Janssen to share my story, so I can bring awareness to type 2 diabetes and help motivate others to take action to achieve their target blood sugar levels.”
Visit www.INVOKANA.com to learn more about diabetes management including treatment with INVOKANA®. While there, be sure to check out the personalized goal-setting resources offered including the Healthy Habits Tracker.
WHAT IS INVOKANA®?
INVOKANA® is a prescription medicine used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. INVOKANA® is not for people with type 1 diabetes or with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in blood or urine). It is not known if INVOKANA® is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
INVOKANA® can cause important side effects, including:
- Dehydration. INVOKANA® can cause some people to become dehydrated (the loss of too much body water), which may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, lightheaded, or weak, especially when you stand up (orthostatic hypotension). You may be at higher risk of dehydration if you have low blood pressure, take medicines to lower your blood pressure (including diuretics [water pills]), are on a low sodium (salt) diet, have kidney problems, or are 65 years of age or older
- Vaginal yeast infection. Women who take INVOKANA® may get vaginal yeast infections. Symptoms include: vaginal odor, white or yellowish vaginal discharge (discharge may be lumpy or look like cottage cheese), or vaginal itching
- Yeast infection of the penis (balanitis or balanoposthitis). Men who take INVOKANA® may get a yeast infection of the skin around the penis. Symptoms include: redness, itching, or swelling of the penis; rash of the penis; foul-smelling discharge from the penis; or pain in the skin around penis
Talk to your doctor about what to do if you get symptoms of a yeast infection of the vagina or penis.
Do not take INVOKANA® if you:
- are allergic to canagliflozin or any of the ingredients in INVOKANA®. Symptoms of allergic reaction may include: rash; raised red patches on your skin (hives); or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing
- have severe kidney problems or are on dialysis
Before you take INVOKANA®, tell your doctor if you have kidney problems; liver problems; history of urinary tract infections or problems with urination; are on a low sodium (salt) diet; are going to have surgery; are eating less due to illness, surgery, or change in diet; pancreas problems; drink alcohol very often (or drink a lot of alcohol in short-term); ever had an allergic reaction to INVOKANA®; or have other medical conditions.
Tell your doctor if you are or plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. INVOKANA®may harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking INVOKANA®, tell your doctor right away. INVOKANA® may pass into your breast milk and may harm your baby. Do not breastfeed while taking INVOKANA®.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take diuretics (water pills), rifampin (used to treat or prevent tuberculosis), phenytoin or phenobarbital (used to control seizures), ritonavir (Norvir®, Kaletra® – used to treat HIV infection), or digoxin (Lanoxin®– used to treat heart problems).
Possible Side Effects of INVOKANA®
INVOKANA® may cause serious side effects, including:
- Ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine). Ketoacidosis has happened in people who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, during treatment with INVOKANA®. Ketoacidosis is a serious condition, which may need to be treated in a hospital. Ketoacidosis may lead to death. Ketoacidosis can happen with INVOKANA® even if your blood sugar is less than 250 mg/dL. Stop taking INVOKANA® and call your doctor right away if you get any of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, stomach-area pain, tiredness, or trouble breathing
- Kidney problems. Sudden kidney injury has happened to people taking INVOKANA®. Talk to your doctor right away if you: 1) reduce the amount of food or liquid you drink, if you are sick, or cannot eat or 2) you start to lose liquids from your body from vomiting, diarrhea, or being in the sun too long
- A high amount of potassium in your blood (hyperkalemia)
- Serious Urinary Tract Infections: may lead to hospitalization and have happened in people taking INVOKANA®. Tell your doctor if you have signs or symptoms of a urinary tract infection such as: burning feeling while urinating, need to urinate often or right away, pain in the lower part of your stomach (pelvis), or blood in the urine. Some people may also have high fever, back pain, nausea, or vomiting
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). If you take INVOKANA® with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin, your risk of getting low blood sugar is higher. The dose of your sulfonylurea medicine or insulin may need to be lowered while you take INVOKANA®
Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include: headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heartbeat, sweating, shaking, or feeling jittery.
Serious allergic reaction. If you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, stop taking INVOKANA® and call your doctor right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Broken Bones (fractures): Bone fractures have been seen in patients taking INVOKANA®. Talk to your doctor about factors that may increase your risk of bone fracture.
The most common side effects of INVOKANA® include: vaginal yeast infections and yeast infections of the penis; changes in urination, including urgent need to urinate more often, in larger amounts, or at night.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC at 1-800-526-7736.
Canagliflozin is licensed from Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation.
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[i] INVOKANA® [prescribing information]. Titusville, NJ: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.