Vildagliptin: ten years in the service for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus patients. The journey of discovery, innovation and success in clinical practice

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Type‑2 diabetes mellitus is a multifactorial multiorgan disease. Over the last decade, the implementation of brand‑new therapeutic opportunities led to tremendous rise of research studies in the field of diabetes as well as to shift in priorities of the management of patients with type 2 diabetes from a glucocentric approach and towards holistic control of the key underlying pathophysiological processes of the disease development and progression. The use of dipeptidyl peptidase‑4 inhibitors shows good glycemic control because of physiological glucose‑dependent mechanism of action mediated with the improvement of incretin hormones effects. Moreover, dipeptidyl peptidase‑4 inhibitors have a wide range of pleiotropic effects owning to additional properties of incretins and inhibition of dipeptidyl peptidase enzymatic activity, which leads to beneficial impact on metabolic and pathogenetic processes of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Dipeptidyl peptidase‑4 inhibitors are effective drugs with good safety profile as for risks related to type‑2 diabetes and have no limitative disadvantages such as hypoglycemia and weight gain. This publication reviews vildagliptin, the first developed dipeptidyl peptidase‑4 inhibitor, with an emphasis on its use in different clinical settings of diabetes management.

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