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Medication Approved for Treating Type 2 in Teens

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In the past two decades, there have been just two approved drugs to treat type 2 diabetes in youth: metformin and insulin. But now a drug that’s used in adults with type 2 has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people ages 10 and older. The medication liraglutide (Victoza) helps the pancreas make more insulin. In a 26-week study of 134 kids and teens, A1C dropped by 0.62 percentage points in those randomly assigned to liraglutide and rose by 0.42 points in those receiving a placebo. (For someone starting with an A1C of 8 percent, this would mean a drop to 7.38 percent versus a rise to 8.42 percent.) Gastrointestinal side effects, including nausea and vomiting, were more common with liraglutide, but these usually subsided with time.  

Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, published online April 28, 2019



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