Vol 8, No 3 (2022)
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Antidiabetic effect of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs

Bożena Targońska-Stępniak1
Rheumatology Forum 2022;8(3):122-128.


Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) form the mainstay of treatment for chronic arthritis, slow down progression of the disease and can lead to a state of remission. Most of these drugs are immunosuppressive preparations and biologics. There are reports on effects of these preparations in addition to their anti-inflammatory effect, including antidiabetic effect. This paper aims to present the currently available results of studies and clinical observations indicating the potential for multidirectional effects of DMARDs, particularly a risk-reducing effect on the development of diabetes and diabetes-dependent complications.

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