Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 (GLP-1) is a hormone that stimulates insulin production when you eat to control blood sugar. GLP-1 also helps regulate appetite, signaling your brain when you should feel full and stop eating.
It also helps enhance the production of insulin. If your body isn’t releasing enough of this hormone, you may find yourself overeating or snacking between meals.
In type 2 diabetes, too little insulin is produced, or the body cannot use insulin properly, or both. This results in a build-up of glucose in the blood. GLP-1 receptor agonists are a type of non-insulin medication that is used in combination with diet and exercise to help treat type 2 diabetes. It causes your pancreas to produce more insulin after you eat and helps keep blood glucose levels in the normal range. GLP-1 receptor agonists also help regulate appetite, so people who use them may lose weight. GLP-1 receptor agonists also offer cardiovascular benefits to lower the risk of heart disease, and may also benefit people with kidney disease.
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