Fighting Diabetes Mellitus: Pharmacological and Non-pharmacological Approaches

Author(s): Xin Wang, Jinhong Kang, Qing Liu, Tao Tong*, Helong Quan*

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 26 , Issue 39 , 2020

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Background: The increasing worldwide prevalence of diabetes mellitus confers heavy public health issues and points to a large medical need for effective and novel anti-diabetic approaches with negligible adverse effects. Developing effective and novel anti-diabetic approaches to curb diabetes is one of the most foremost scientific challenges.

Objectives: This article aims to provide an overview of current pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches available for the management of diabetes mellitus.

Methods: Research articles that focused on pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for diabetes were collected from various search engines such as Science Direct and Scopus, using keywords like diabetes, glucagon-like peptide-1, glucose homeostasis, etc.

Results: We review in detail several key pathways and pharmacological targets (e.g., the G protein-coupled receptors- cyclic adenosine monophosphate, 5′-adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase, sodium-glucose cotransporters 2, and peroxisome proliferator activated-receptor gamma signaling pathways) that are vital in the regulation of glucose homeostasis. The currently approved diabetes medications, the pharmacological potentials of naturally occurring compounds as promising interventions for diabetes, and the non-pharmacological methods designed to mitigate diabetes are summarized and discussed.

Conclusion: Pharmacological-based approaches such as insulin, metformin, sodium-glucose cotransporters 2 inhibitor, sulfonylureas, glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists, and dipeptidyl peptidase IV inhibitors represent the most important strategies in diabetes management. These approved diabetes medications work via targeting the central signaling pathways related to the etiology of diabetes. Non-pharmacological approaches, including dietary modification, increased physical activity, and microbiota-based therapy are the other cornerstones for diabetes treatment. Pharmacological-based approaches may be incorporated when lifestyle modification alone is insufficient to achieve positive outcomes.

Keywords: Diabetes mellitus, cyclic adenosine monophosphate, G protein-coupled receptors, peroxisome proliferator activated-receptor gamma, sodium-glucose cotransporters 2, 5′-adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase, glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor, glucose homeostasis.

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Year: 2020
Published on: 10 November, 2020
Page: [4992 - 5001]
Pages: 10
DOI: 10.2174/1381612826666200728144200
Price: $65

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