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CLINICAL CASE VIGNETTE: Treating Weight Concerns

After four years of good glycemic control with metformin 1500 mg a day, Mrs. Hunter returns for her 6-month follow-up visit. At this time, her office A1C is 8.2% and she has gained seven pounds. She is very concerned about her weight gain. If weight is a concern, what would be the best antiglycemic drug to add to her regimen? A. A sulfonylurea B. A DPP-4 inhibitor C. A thiazolidinedione D. A GLP-1 receptor agonist Follow the link for the answer.

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International Textbook of Diabetes Mellitus, 4th Ed., Excerpt #128: Beta-Cell Mass and Function in Human Type 2 Diabetes Part 4

Incretin defect: Oral glucose elicits a greater insulin response than does intravenous glucose. As first demonstrated by Nauck et al., when tested at matched plasma glucose concentrations (iso- glycemic protocol) the oral route of glucose administration induces a robust increment in insulin secretion as compared with the intravenous route. In nondiabetic subjects, such potentiation — named incretin effect — averages 50 – 70% with a standard (75 g) oral glucose load, and increases with the size of the glucose load. As depicted in Figure 24.10, the incretin effect is characteristically lost in patients with T2DM.

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