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Study provides new insights on how diabetes drug works

Wiley

Many individuals with type 2 diabetes produce abnormally low levels of a gut hormone called GLP-1, which normally stimulates insulin release from the pancreas. Now a new study shows that GLP-1 production by special cells in the gut known as L-cells can be restored in patients with recent onset type 2 diabetes following three to 12 months of treatment with liraglutide, a drug that is similar to native GLP-1.

"This study shows that chronic liraglutide therapy induces a robust enhancement of GLP-1 secretion by the body that may hold implications for the long-term effects of this medication in patients," said Dr. Ravi Retnakaran, senior author of the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism study.

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