Lowering blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes has clear benefits for preventing microvascular complications and potential benefits for reducing macrovascular complications and death.

Treatment needs to be individualised for the person with diabetes. This should start with selection of the appropriate glucose and glycated haemoglobin targets, taking into account life expectancy, and the wishes of the person with diabetes. For most people, early use of glucose lowering therapies is warranted. A range of recently available therapies have added to our range of options for lowering glucose but this has made the clinical pathway for treating diabetes more complicated.

 

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