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[THE ROLE AND METHODS OF IMPROVING INSULIN SENSITIVITY AND BETA-CELL FUNCTION IN TYPE 2 DIABETES]

GYIMESI András, TÁRNOK Enikő, TAYBANI Zoltán

DECEMBER 20, 2007

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2007;17(12)

[Increased knowledge on the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes has considerably transformed the principles and practice of treatment. Insulin resistance and beta-cell dysfunction, the two main components of the pathogenesis both play a role in the conversion of normal glucose metabolism, through impaired glucose tolerance, into type 2 diabetes. Decreased insulin sensitivity, with or without beta-cell dysfunction, is present in the vast majority cases, therefore, its treatment is essential. Physical activity is known to improve insulin sensitivity. The primary action of the recommended first-line pharmacological agent metformin is the inhibition of hepatic glucose production but it also moderately stimulates muscle glucose uptake. Glitazones are insulin sensitizers that increase glucose uptake in muscle and adipose tissue and moderately decrease hepatic glucose production. Some evidence suggests that α-glucosidase inhibitors and also certain insulin secretagogues can improve the effect of insulin. Early detection of the pathologic state and an efficient treatment to improve both insulin sensitivity and beta-cell function are essential in order to slow the progression and prevent the development of complications in type 2 diabetes.]

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