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What’s new in diabetes drugs
- By Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
Two classes of drugs have gotten much attention lately.
Watch TV lately, and you may have noticed a slew of advertisements for two classes of diabetes drugs — GLP-1 receptor agonists and SGLT-2 inhibitors. Why are these medications being marketed so heavily? Sure, these new drugs add significant revenue to pharmaceutical companies. But they also offer health benefits beyond just keeping blood sugar levels controlled.
Type 2 diabetes (by far the most common type) remains a serious health risk for many Americans, especially older adults. About 34.2 million adults have type 2 diabetes, according to the CDC. Based on current trends, the CDC predicts that one in five American adults will have diabetes by 2025, and the number could reach one in three by 2050.
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