Thumbs up for gut hormone-insulin treatment

Basal insulin in combination with a drug that mimics the action of a gut hormone is more effective at improving blood sugar control than other anti-diabetic treatments, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in The Lancet.

This is achieved with similar rates of hypoglycaemia and greater weight loss, report the researchers.

The hormone, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), was introduced as a treatment for type 2 diabetes because of its ability to regulate blood sugar and to generate weight loss as opposed to weight gain.