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  1. Keen, Susan MD
  2. Craven, Kay MPH, RDN, LDN, CDE
  3. Kolasa, Kathryn M. PhD, RDN, LDN


The number of Americans with type 2 diabetes has grown from an estimated 20.8 million in 2005 to 29.1 million in 2012 or 9.3% of the population ( Medications for the treatment of type 2 diabetes targeting incretin hormones for improved glycemic control have emerged as favorable second-line additions to metformin and lifestyle changes. In this article, we discuss the benefits of using glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist medications and dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors along with their implications for weight and dietary management of type 2 diabetes.