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Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist

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Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists also known as GLP-1 receptor agonists or incretin mimetics are agonists of the GLP-1 receptor. This class of drugs is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.[1][2] One of their advantages over older insulin secretagogues, such as sulfonylureas or meglitinides, is that they have a lower risk of causing hypoglycemia.[3]

There is some dispute over the safety profile of these drugs due to proliferative effects in the pancreas. Diabetes is associated with both acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. While some recent studies have not found that these drugs can cause either pancreatitis or cancer,[4] a 2017 study found that recent prescription of incretins was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer over non-insulin anti diabetic drugs (NIADs).[5]

Approved GLP-1 agonists:

Under investigation:[1]

These agents work by activating the GLP-1R rather than inhibiting the breakdown of GLP-1 in the case of DPP-4 inhibitors, and are generally considered more potent.[11]

As of 2017 it was unclear if they affect a person's risk of death.[12]

A JAMA article meta-analysis in 2018 (covering studies concerning GLP-1 agonists, DPP-4 inhibitors, and SGLT-2 inhibitors) showed GLP-1 agonists were associated with lower stroke risk than controls.[13]


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  2. ^ Ali ES, Hua J, Wilson CH, Tallis GA, Zhou FH, Rychkov GY, Barritt GJ (2016). "The glucagon-like peptide-1 analogue exendin-4 reverses impaired intracellular Ca2+ signalling in steatotic hepatocytes". BBA − Molecular Cell Research. 1863 (9): 2135–46. doi:10.1016/j.bbamcr.2016.05.006. PMID 27178543. 
  3. ^ "Standards of medical care in diabetes—2012". Diabetes Care. 35 Suppl 1: S11–63. 2012. doi:10.2337/dc12-s011. PMC 3632172 . PMID 22187469. 
  4. ^ Forsmark, CE (2016). "Incretins, Diabetes, Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer: What the GI specialist needs to know". Pancreatology. 16 (1): 10–3. doi:10.1016/j.pan.2015.11.009. PMID 26795258. 
  5. ^ Schroeder, C. "Incretin Meds Like Januvia and Victoza Again Linked to Pancreatic Cancer". DrugNews. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "FDA Approves New Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes". 
  7. ^ "FDA approves Adlyxin to treat type 2 diabetes". 
  8. ^ "FDA Approves Weekly Injectable Diabetes Drug: Albiglutide". 
  9. ^ "FDA Approves Weekly Injectable Diabetes Drug: Dulaglutide". 
  10. ^ Longer Acting GLP-1 Receptor Agonists and the Potential for Improved Cardiovascular Outcomes. 2013
  11. ^ "GLP-1 Receptor Agonists vs. DPP-4 Inhibitors for Type 2 Diabetes". 
  12. ^ Liu, J; Li, L; Deng, K; Xu, C; Busse, JW; Vandvik, PO; Li, S; Guyatt, GH; Sun, X (8 June 2017). "Incretin based treatments and mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis". BMJ (Clinical research ed.). 357: j2499. doi:10.1136/bmj.j2499. PMC 5463186 . PMID 28596247. 
  13. ^ Zheng, Sean L.; Roddick, Alistair J.; Aghar-Jaffar, Rochan; Shun-Shin, Matthew J.; Francis, Darrel; Oliver, Nick; Meeran, Karim (2018-04-17). "Association Between Use of Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter 2 Inhibitors, Glucagon-like Peptide 1 Agonists, and Dipeptidyl Peptidase 4 Inhibitors With All-Cause Mortality in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes". JAMA. 319 (15). doi:10.1001/jama.2018.3024. ISSN 0098-7484.