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[Antidiabetic therapy of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus - The place of insulin administration]

GYIMESI András

OCTOBER 20, 2011

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2011;21(10)

[Nowadays numerous options to treat diabetes are available, and it is often difficult to choose the optimal treatment. This review summarises the options regarding insulin therapy of type 2 diabetes, in order to help the better management of patients in the everyday clinical practice.]

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