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Adults with type 2 diabetes in South Korea had lower HbA1c and body weight 6 months after switching from insulin to the GLP-1 receptor agonist dulaglutide, according to a study published in Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews.

Patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) who require injectable therapy have been conventionally treated with insulin. A glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist was recently recommended as first-line injectable treatment, but few studies have investigated the effects of switching from insulin to dulaglutide. This study investigated the clinical efficacy and parameters affecting responses to dulaglutide as an alternative to insulin in patients with T2DM in a real-world clinical setting.

Ninety-eight patients with T2DM who were switched from insulin to dulaglutide therapy were retrospectively evaluated. Changes in HbA1c concentrations were assessed after 6 months of consistent treatment with dulaglutide. Multiple linear regression analysis was performed to evaluate parameters affecting the response to dulaglutide treatment.

-- After treatment with dulaglutide for 6 months, patients experienced changes in HbA1c of -0.95% and in body weight of -1.75 kg.

-- Multiple linear regression analysis showed that higher baseline HbA1c was significantly associated with a greater reduction in HbA1c.

-- The most frequent adverse events were gastrointestinal symptoms.

Conclusively, Switching from insulin to dulaglutide can lead to significant improvement in HbA1c levels and body weight ?reduction in T2DM patients over 6 months. Higher baseline HbA1c is associated with a better clinical response to dulaglutide.

Source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/dmrr.3466
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