ISSN No. 1021-3538                   Vol.8 No.1 April 2000

Drug therapy of type 2 diabetes mellitus in the new millennium

Biswajit Paul, RK.Goyal

Department of Medicine, J.L.N. Medical College and Associated Group of Hospitals, Ajmer, India

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Abstract

The incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus is increasing due to changing life-styles. Today the slogan of all diabetologists is "strict glycaemic con­trol" to prevent long term diabetic complications. The traditional agents- sulphonylureas, biguanides and insulin sometimes fail to achieve the recommended goal. However, newer insulin secretagogues (glimepiride, repaglinide, glucagan like peptide-1 agonists), drugs decreasing insulin resistance (thiazolidinediones), agents slowing carbohydrate absorption (miglitol, amylin analogues) and newer insulins (insulin lispro) have been developed for the management of type 2 dia­betes mellitus. With the advent of these newer drugs, management of type 2 diabetes promises to scale new heights in the new millennium.

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