Study identifies safer drugs for diabetics

It claims those who take SGLT2 inhibitors are at lower risk of heart attack, but doctors advise caution

A recent study has claimed that a class of Type 2 diabetes medication is safer than its counterparts, but doctors remain cautious in prescribing it.

The study by biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca found that patients with Type 2 diabetes taking sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors were less likely to be hospitalised for heart failure and suffer a heart attack or stroke, when compared with patients taking other medication for the same type of disease.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2018, with the headline 'Study identifies safer drugs for diabetics'. Print Edition | Subscribe