What is a GLP-1 Agonist?
A GLP-1 agonist is a medication that mimics the action of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). GLP-1 is produced by the gut in response to food intake. It helps to regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating the production of insulin from the pancreas and slowing down the emptying of the stomach.
GLP-1 agonists are used to treat type 2 diabetes. They can help to lower blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of complications of diabetes, and promote weight loss.
There are several different types of GLP-1 agonists available, including:
GLP-1 agonists are generally well-tolerated, but they can cause some side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. They can also increase the risk of pancreatitis. If you are considering taking a GLP-1 agonist, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits.
Here is a table comparing GLP-1 agonists: