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Journal of Diabetes Research
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 157201, 9 pages
Review Article

Effects of Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Receptor Agonists on Weight Loss in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis

1Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Peking University Health Science Centre, 38 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100191, China
2Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Shihezi University, Shihezi 832002, China
3Department of Physiology, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069, China
4Department of Statistics, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA
5Department of Orthopedics, Tianjin Fifth Central Hospital, Tianjin 300450, China
6Shantou-Oxford Clinical Research Unit, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou 515041, China
7Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, People’s Hospital, Peking University, Beijing 100044, China

Received 18 September 2014; Revised 12 December 2014; Accepted 22 December 2014

Academic Editor: Mitsuhiko Noda

Copyright © 2015 Feng Sun et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


To evaluate the effectiveness of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs) on weight reduction in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (Type 2 DM), a network meta-analysis was conducted. MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, and were searched from 1950 to October 2013. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) involving GLP-1 RAs were included if they provided information on body weight. A total of 51 RCTs were included and 17521 participants were enrolled. The mean duration of 51 RCTs was 31 weeks. Exenatide 10 μg twice daily (EX10BID) reduced weight compared with exenatide 5 μg twice daily (EX5BID), liraglutide 0.6 mg once daily (LIR0.6QD), liraglutide—1.2 mg once daily (LIR1.2QD), and placebo treatment, with mean differences of −1.07 kg (95% CI: −2.41, −0.02), −2.38 kg (95% CI: −3.71, −1.06), −1.62 kg (95% CI: −2.79, −0.43), and −1.92 kg (95% CI: −2.61, −1.24), respectively. Reductions of weight treated with liraglutide—1.8 mg once daily (LIR1.8QD) reach statistical significance (−1.43 kg (95% CI: −2.73, −0.15)) versus LIR1.2QD and (−0.98 kg (95% CI: −1.94, −0.02)) versus placebo. Network meta-analysis found that EX10BID, LIR1.8QD, and EX2QW obtained a higher proportion of patients with weight loss than other traditional hypoglycemic agents. Our results suggest GLP-1 RAs are promising candidates for weight control in comparison with traditional hypoglycemic drugs, and EX10BID, LIR1.8QD, and EX2QW rank the top three drugs.