Features July 2007 Issue

New Medications Help Those With Diabetes Avoid Heart Trouble

Drugs mimic the body’s natural insulin and glucose controls, but diet and exercise are still keys to controlling the disease.

A new wave of medications is helping those with diabetes better manage their disease by mimicking enzymes and hormones in the body that help control glucose and insulin levels. "In recent years, insulin has been perfected," says Cleveland Clinic dietitian Andrea Dunn. "Now the big focus is on developing other drugs to help manage some of the other issues [such as insulin resistance and reducing unwanted glucose production by the liver]."

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