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Used along with diet and exercise for adults with type 2 diabetes who are not at goal with metformin

Simplify Your (Family) Life

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How to Simplify your Life

It's not easy to raise a family without distractions. All those bright, loud—and often expensive—diversions add up to one big sensory storm. Little wonder that the quest to simplify our life supports a whole industry, with a dazzling array of ways to organize. Sure, you could shop for more storage containers and baskets (and add them to that pile in the garage). Or you might cut the mental and physical clutter, and gain space for what's important by hammering out a few "family principles," each with its own payoff. Consider these guidelines a good place to start.

Principle: Make rules. 
Payoff: Live the values you want.
In a perfect world, what would your home life look like? What video games would be banned? Would your kids clear their dishes from the table? Would their rooms be uncluttered and tidy? Well, it's your lucky day! You are the adult in the house and you get to call the shots. If you don't think your 7-year-old is ready for pierced ears, that's the end of it. If you long for a meal without interruptions, make it happen. Prefer evening family reading time to staring at screens? Insist on it. You may have to tolerate some griping, resistance and even anger, so it's important to focus rules on something significant, something big in impact though small in design—something that will inspire you to keep going when the troops don't fall in line.
Principle: Give up something.
Payoff: Gain something.
It might seem hard to give up something you all love to buy (such as clothes, shoes or a special food or drink you really enjoy), but when the payoff is bigger—a trip to New Zealand, for example—it can be worth it. Set a few parameters, such as swearing off clothes shopping for six months, or only having that "special" food for birthdays, and focus on the net result: lounging on beautiful white-sand beaches, or hiking through rugged mountains with your family. While it's pretty exciting to calculate how much you're actually putting into your vacation fund, it's also gratifying to get into the habit of being thrifty and not giving into every single material urge. And you'll probably find that your kids' wishes and demands are far less frequent when they know they won't automatically get something by asking for it.
Principle: Don't hang on to what you don't use.
Payoff: Feel gratitude for what you have.

We've all had the hair-pulling experience of trying to find that permission slip on the day it's due, right as the bus pulls up and the clock is ticking. To top it off, you're inevitably going to trip over that giant pile of toys in the corner, just as the bus pulls away from the curb. That should be enough motivation for us to start liberating last year's school cereal-box project, the printouts of recipes we never made and the toys our kids never touch. But there is an even better reason to go on a stuff-cleanse: once that icky, jelly-stained doll is out the door, she will never come back. Chances are, she won't be missed. And if she is, what a wonderful opportunity to lovingly support our kids as they confront something so basic in their lives as human beings. Nothing lasts. And that's OK. We can enjoy the bounty that we have—and it's usually even more fun when you can actually see the floor.


Principle: Keep your eyes on your own paper.
Payoff: Be satisfied with your own life.

This little trick has less to do with what we do or buy and is more of an internal shift that can really quiet the drama in your head. Consider all the times you felt pretty good about your work, your home, your cooking, your kids, your body—only to be hijacked by seeing someone who you think has it one better. Not only might this envious feeling drive us mad with insecurity, but we may actually take steps to make our X a little more like her X. (It's bad enough when we compete with others over material possessions, but when we compare our kids that way,look out!) And so, the best way to be satisfied with what we have is to stop comparing. When I notice myself glancing sideways in that familiar way, I remind myself that people are not just some pieces of a puzzle we long for, but whole, imperfect things in and of themselves. Judging ourselves against other family members and friends is crazy-making and really complicates our life.

The last thing any parent needs is a longer to-do list. So approach this streamlined set of principles one step at a time. Take it slow. And, always: keep it simple.


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BYDUREON BCise may cause serious side effects, including:

  • POSSIBLE THYROID TUMORS, INCLUDING CANCER Tell your healthcare provider if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer. In animal studies, BYDUREON and medicines that work like it caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. It is not known if BYDUREON BCise will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in people
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  • Do not use BYDUREON BCise if you have a history of low blood platelet count from using exenatide medicines (drug-induced thrombocytopenia)
  • Do not use BYDUREON BCise if you have had an allergic reaction to exenatide or any of the other ingredients in BYDUREON BCise
  • Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) Stop using BYDUREON BCise and call your healthcare provider right away if you have severe pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that will not go away, with or without vomiting. You may feel the pain from your abdomen to your back
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) Your risk for getting low blood sugar may be higher if you use BYDUREON BCise with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin. Tell your healthcare provider if you take other diabetes medicines. Talk to your healthcare provider about managing low blood sugar. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar include dizziness or lightheadedness, sweating, confusion or drowsiness, headache, blurred vision, slurred speech, shakiness, fast heartbeat, anxiety, irritability, mood changes, hunger, weakness, or feeling jittery
  • Kidney problems Tell your healthcare provider if you have or had kidney problems. In people who have kidney problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may cause a loss of fluids (dehydration), which may cause kidney problems to get worse or kidney failure
  • Stomach problems Tell your healthcare provider if you have severe stomach problems, such as slowed emptying of your stomach (gastroparesis) or problems digesting food. Other medicines like BYDUREON BCise may cause severe stomach problems. It is not known if BYDUREON BCise causes or worsens stomach problems
  • Low blood platelet count BYDUREON BCise may cause the number of platelets in your blood to be reduced. When your platelet count is too low, your body cannot form blood clots. You could have serious bleeding that could lead to death. Stop using BYDUREON BCise and call your healthcare provider right away if you have unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Serious allergic reactions Stop using BYDUREON BCise and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including itching, rash, or difficulty breathing
  • Injection-site reactions Serious injection-site reactions, with or without bumps (nodules), have happened in some people who use BYDUREON BCise. Some of these injection-site reactions have required surgery. Call your healthcare provider if you have any symptoms of injection-site reactions, including severe pain, swelling, blisters, an open wound, or a dark scab
  • Gallbladder problems have happened in some people who take BYDUREON or other medicines like it. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get symptoms of gallbladder problems including pain in the right or middle upper stomach area, nausea and vomiting, fever, or your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow

The most common side effects with BYDUREON BCise may include a bump at the injection site and/or nausea. Nausea is most common when you first start using BYDUREON BCise, but decreases over time in most people as their body gets used to the medicine.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, as taking them with BYDUREON BCise may affect how each medicine works.

Before using BYDUREON BCise, tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, nursing, or plan to become pregnant or nurse. BYDUREON BCise may harm your unborn baby.


  • BYDUREON BCise is an injectable prescription medicine that may improve blood sugar (glucose) in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus, and should be used along with diet and exercise
  • BYDUREON BCise is not recommended as the first choice of medicine for treating diabetes
  • BYDUREON BCise is not for people with type 1 diabetes
  • Do not use BYDUREON, BYDUREON BCise, BYETTA or other medicines containing exenatide together
  • It is not known if BYDUREON BCise can be used in people with a history of pancreatitis 

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