What is the benefit of taking a DPP-4 inhibitor for my type 2 diabetes?

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A DPP-4 inhibitor is a type of medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. A DPP-4 inhibitor can’t cure your diabetes, but by helping control your blood glucose, it lowers the chance that your diabetes will cause serious problems.

As you know, when you have diabetes, you tend to have high blood glucose. Over time, this can damage your blood vessels and nerves, leading to heart attack or stroke, kidney and eye disease, and problems with your teeth, feet and skin. If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol—like many people with diabetes—you have an even greater risk for these problems. (This is why you should always take your blood pressure or cholesterol medications as well as your diabetes medications.)

You should always follow your doctor’s specific instructions for taking any medication, including a DPP-4 inhibitor.

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