1. The effects of KAD-1229 (a novel non-sulphonylurea agent), voglibose (an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor) and nateglinide (a non-sulphonylurea antihyperglycaemic agent) on hyperglycaemia induced by a meal load were assessed in diabetic rats. 2. KAD-1229 suppressed the increase in plasma glucose levels seen after a meal load and the area under the curve for plasma glucose levels (AUCglucose) up to 5 h after the meal load. 3. Voglibose also suppressed the increase in plasma glucose levels; however, a significant decrease in AUCglucose following voglibose was not observed. 4. Nateglinide suppressed the increase in plasma glucose levels at 30 min and 1 h after the meal load; however, plasma glucose levels was above control thereafter and the AUCglucose was not decreased. 5. The results indicate that KAD-1229 has an antihyperglycaemic effect and KAD-1229 is suggested to be a suitable agent for controlling post-prandial hyperglycaemia.