New Type 2 Diabetes Drug Helps Lower Blood Sugar: Study

But, FDA wants questions about the drug's long-term safety answered before approval

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In addition, the researchers found that both systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels went down more for those on the drug compared to those on placebo.

"In this study, dapagliflozin seemed to improve glucose control and lower the need for insulin, as well as cause some weight loss," said Dr. Sue Kirkman, senior vice president of medical affairs and community information of the American Diabetes Association.

"This is an interesting study on a new medication that's under development. It has a novel mechanism of action, but there have been some ongoing concerns about the safety of this class of medications, and none has been approved by the FDA yet," she noted.

More information

Learn more about type 2 diabetes and currently approved treatments from the American Diabetes Association.

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