Glucagon-like peptide receptor agonists and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors in the treatment of diabetes: a review of clinical trials

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To discuss the virtues and shortcomings of the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists and the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

RECENT FINDINGS: The injectable glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists exenatide significantly improves glycaemic control, with average reductions in haemoglobin A1c of about 1.0%, fasting plasma glucose of about 1.4 mmol/l, and causes a weight loss of approximately 2-3 kg after 30 weeks of treatment in patients with type 2 diabetes. The adverse effects are transient nausea and vomiting. The long-acting glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists liraglutide and exenatide long-acting release reduce haemoglobin A1c by about 1.0-2.0% and have fewer gastrointestinal side-effects. The orally available dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors, that is sitagliptin and vildagliptin reduce haemoglobin A1c by 0.5-1.0%, are weight neutral and without gastrointestinal side-effects.

SUMMARY: The benefits and position of the glucagon-like peptide-1 analogues and the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors in the diabetes treatment algorithm will be clarified when we have long-term trials with hard cardiovascular endpoints and data illustrating the effects on the progression of type 2 diabetes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)491-9
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

    Research areas

  • Adamantane, Clinical Trials as Topic, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2, Dipeptidyl Peptidase 4, Dipeptidyl-Peptidase IV Inhibitors, Glucagon-Like Peptide 1, Glucagon-Like Peptides, Humans, Hypoglycemic Agents, Nitriles, Peptides, Pyrazines, Pyrrolidines, Receptors, Glucagon, Triazoles, Venoms

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