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The potential role of Gliptins to fight COVID-19
  • Francesco Ferrara,
  • Antonio Vitiello
Francesco Ferrara
Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale Umbria 1
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Antonio Vitiello
Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale Umbria 1
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Abstract

People with diabetes represent a population at greater risk of infection and complications from Sars-Cov-2 (COVID-19), Diabetes represents one of the most important comorbidities related to the severity of viral infection causing an increased risk of serious complications such as severe acute respiratory syndrome and multi-organ dysfunction associated with a hyperinflammatory state. Glycemic normalization in patients with diabetes must be managed in the best possible way even during COVID-19 infection to avoid serious complications. However, for some antidiabetic agents such as DPP-4 inhibitors (gliptins) there is evidence of efficacy against COVID-19 extra pancreatic glycemic normalization. The objective of this article is to provide an overview of current evidence on the potential therapeutic benefits of gliptins to combat Sars-Cov-2 infection.