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Incretin-based therapies: new treatments for type 2 diabetes in the new millennium

Authors Khoo J, Rayner CK, Jones KL, Horowitz M

Published 20 August 2009 Volume 2009:5 Pages 683—698


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Joan Khoo, Christopher K Rayner, Karen L Jones, Michael Horowitz

Discipline of Medicine, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Abstract: The advent of ‘incretin‑based therapies’ – GLP‑1 agonists and dipeptidyl‑peptidase‑4 inhibitors – which result in improvements in glycemic control comparable to those with existing oral hypoglycemic agents, and potentially improve cardiovascular and pancreatic β‑cell function, represents a major therapeutic advance in the management of type 2 diabetes. Gastrointestinal adverse effects occur commonly with GLP‑1 agonists, and rarely with DPP‑4 inhibitors, but are dose‑dependent and usually transient. The low risk of hypoglycemia, and beneficial or neutral effects on body weight, render GLP‑1 agonists and DPP‑4 inhibitors suitable alternatives to insulin secretagogues and insulin in overweight and elderly patients. Incretin‑based therapies also improve quality of life in patients with type 2 diabetes, and may be cost‑effective in the long term.

Keywords: incretin, type 2 diabetes, therapy, GLP‑1, DPP‑4

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