Medication along with insulin may result in better blood sugar control

Exenatide helps individuals with type 2 diabetes achieve improved control over their blood sugar levels to a greater degree than insulin injections alone, according to a new study from University of North Carolina researchers.

The study, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, set out to test the impact of exenatide on blood sugar control. The researchers recruited an international group of participants and randomly assigned them to either receive the medication or placebo.

After close to two years, researchers found that individuals taking exenatide had far greater control over their blood sugar levels and used less insulin. Additionally, participants on the medication lost weight while those in the placebo group gained weight.

The researchers said that adding exenatide to an existing insulin regimen may help individuals with type 2 diabetes gain much better control over their condition while experiencing only limited side effects.

"Adding twice-daily exenatide injections improved glycemic control without increased hypoglycemia or weight gain in participants with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes who were receiving insulin glargine treatment," they wrote in their report.
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