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New Medication for Type 2 Diabetes?


For those who have diabetes, there might soon be a new option in town.

Clinical trials at the University of North Carolina (UNC) indicated injections of IDegLira were more effective than the current standard treatment of metformin and Lantus insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disease that occurs when insulin production drops, and the body’s cells become less responsive to the effects of insulin. Insulin is the hormone that regulates blood sugar.

Most patients begin therapy with the oral medication metformin (brand name Glucophage). In many cases, injections of insulin are added. Even with this combined therapy, however, patients with type 2 diabetes often have trouble keeping their blood sugar under control.


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