Aims: To evaluate the effects of adding glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue therapy to insulin on glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), weight, insulin dosage, treatment satisfaction, and risk of hypoglycaemia.
Methods: Type 2 diabetes patients with insulin therapy receiving a GLP-1 analogue at 4 Swedish centers were studied. Hypoglycemia was evaluated using glucometers and patient self-report. The Diabetes Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire (DTSQ) was used to evaluate treatment satisfaction.
Results: Among 65 patients studied, 4 discontinued therapy, none due to hypoglycemia, and there were no suspected severe adverse events. Among 61 patients who remained on therapy over a mean of 7.0 months, 40 were treated with liraglutide and 21 with exenatide. HbA1c decreased from a mean of 8.9% (82.4 mmol/mol) to 7.9% (71.9 mmol/mol) (p<0.001), weight decreased from 111.1 kg to 104.0 kg (p<0.001) and insulin doses were reduced from 91.1U to 52.2U (p<0.001). There was one patient with severe hypoglycemia. The mean number of asymptomatic hypoglycemia per patient and month, reported for the last month (0.085 below 4.0 mmol/l and 0 below 3.0 mmol/l) and documented symptomatic hypoglycemia (0.24 below 4.0 mmol/l and 0.068 below 3.0 mmol/l) was low. The DTSQc showed higher treatment satisfaction than with the previous regimen of 11.9 (scale -18 to +18 points, p<0.001).
Conclusions: The addition of GLP-1 analogues to insulin in patients with type 2 diabetes is associated with reductions in HbA1c, weight, and insulin dose, along with a low risk of hypoglycemia and high treatment satisfaction.
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