Issue: 2012 > December > review

The combination of insulin and GLP-1 analogues in the treatment of type 2 diabetes

M.M. van der Klauw, B.H.R. Wolffenbuttel


GLP-1 analogues have been proven to be effective in the
treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. They stimulate
insulin production and secretion, and suppress glucagon
secretion, depending on the blood glucose level. They also have an effect on the brain, enhancing satiety, and on the gut, where they delay gastric emptying. Theoretically, in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients, the combination of a GLP-1 analogue with insulin seems attractive, because of the weight loss perceived in users of GLP-1 analogues in contrast to the weight gain seen in most patients starting insulin therapy, leading to even more insulin resistance. There are only a few randomised controlled trials which have studied this combination and several uncontrolled studies, which will be reviewed here.