Safe use of sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors in the management of type 2 diabetes
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Safe use of sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors in the management of type 2 diabetes

Georgia Noble-Bell Lead inpatient diabetes specialist nurse, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, England
Comfort Bright-Davies Diabetes specialist nurse, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your knowledge of the use of sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors in the management of type 2 diabetes

  • To be aware of the benefits and side effects of SGLT2 inhibitors

  • To understand the role of nurses in ensuring that SGLT2 inhibitors are used safely and appropriately

One class of oral medicines used in the management of type 2 diabetes is sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. Their mode of action is unique and is not dependent on beta-cell function or the degree of a person’s insulin resistance. This article reviews the use of SGLT2 inhibitors in managing type 2 diabetes, explaining the potential benefits and side effects of these medicines. It also explains the role of healthcare professionals, including nurses, in ensuring these medicines are used safely and appropriately.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11959

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Correspondence

georgia.noble-bell@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Noble-Bell G, Bright-Davies C (2022) Safe use of sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors in the management of type 2 diabetes. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11959

Published online: 07 November 2022

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