Current Diabetes Reports

, 15:82

Targeting Inflammation Through a Physical Active Lifestyle and Pharmaceuticals for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

  • Sine Haugaard Knudsen
  • Bente Klarlund Pedersen
Pharmacologic Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes (HE Lebovitz and G Bahtiyar, Section Editors)

DOI: 10.1007/s11892-015-0642-1

Cite this article as:
Knudsen, S.H. & Pedersen, B.K. Curr Diab Rep (2015) 15: 82. doi:10.1007/s11892-015-0642-1
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Pharmacologic Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes


Evidence exists that interleukin (IL)-1β is involved in pancreatic β-cell damage, whereas TNF-α appears to be a key molecule in peripheral insulin resistance. Although increased plasma levels of IL-6 are seen in individuals with type 2 diabetes, mechanistic studies suggest that moderate acute elevations in IL-6, as provoked by exercise, exert anti-inflammatory effects by an inhibition of TNF-α and by stimulating IL-1 receptor antagonist (ra), thereby limiting IL-1β signaling. A number of medical treatments have anti-inflammatory effects. IL-1 antagonists have been tested in clinical studies and appear very promising. Also, there is a potential for anti-TNF-α strategies and salsalate has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity in clinical trials. Furthermore, the anti-inflammatory potential of statins, antagonists of the renin–angiotensin system, and glucose-lowering agents are discussed. While waiting for the outcome of long-term clinical pharmacological trials, it should be emphasized that physical activity represents a natural strong anti-inflammatory intervention with little or no side effects.


Exercise Physical training Anti-inflammation Myokines Drugs 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sine Haugaard Knudsen
    • 1
  • Bente Klarlund Pedersen
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre of Inflammation and Metabolism/Centre of Physical Activity Research (CIM/CFAS), RigshospitaletUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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