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Predictors of the Therapeutic Efficacy and Consideration of the Best Combination Therapy of Sodium-Glucose Co-transporter 2 Inhibitors

 Ji-Yeon Lee  ;  Yongin Cho  ;  Minyoung Lee  ;  You Jin Kim  ;  Yong-ho Lee  ;  Byung-Wan Lee  ;  Bong-Soo Cha  ;  Eun Seok Kang 
 DIABETES & METABOLISM JOURNAL, Vol.43(2) : 158-173, 2019 
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Blood glucose ; Diabetes mellitus, type 2 ; Glycated hemoglobin A ; Sodium-glucose transporter 2 inhibitors
BACKGROUND: We investigated the predictive markers for the therapeutic efficacy and the best combination of sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors (empagliflozin, dapagliflozin, and ipragliflozin) therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

METHODS: A total of 804 patients with T2DM who had taken SGLT2 inhibitor as monotherapy or an add-on therapy were analyzed. Multivariate regression analyses were performed to identify the predictors of SGLT2 inhibitor response including the classes of baseline anti-diabetic medications.

RESULTS: After adjusting for age, sex, baseline body mass index (BMI), diabetes duration, duration of SGLT2 inhibitor use, initial glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) level, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), and other anti-diabetic agent usage, multivariate analysis revealed that shorter diabetes duration, higher initial HbA1c and eGFR were associated with better glycemic response. However, baseline BMI was inversely correlated with glycemic status; lean subjects with well-controlled diabetes and obese subjects with inadequately controlled diabetes received more benefit from SGLT2 inhibitor treatment. In addition, dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) inhibitor use was related to a greater reduction in HbA1c in patients with higher baseline HbA1c ≥7%. Sulfonylurea users experienced a larger change from baseline HbA1c but the significance was lost after adjustment for covariates and metformin and thiazolidinedione use did not affect the glycemic outcome.

CONCLUSION: A better response to SGLT2 inhibitors is expected in Korean T2DM patients who have higher baseline HbA1c and eGFR with a shorter diabetes duration. Moreover, the add-on of an SGLT2 inhibitor to a DPP4 inhibitor is likely to show the greatest glycemic response.
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Kang, Eun Seok(강은석) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0364-4675
Lee, Minyoung(이민영) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9333-7512
Lee, Byung Wan(이병완) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9899-4992
Lee, Yong Ho(이용호) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6219-4942
Lee, Ji Yeon(이지연)
Cho, Yong In(조용인) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4645-816X
Cha, Bong Soo(차봉수) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0542-2854
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