J Obes Metab Syndr.  2019 Mar;28(1):18-29. 10.7570/jomes.2019.28.1.18.

The Effects of Hypoglycemic Agents on Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Focused on Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter 2 Inhibitors and Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Receptor Agonists

  • 1Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Bucheon, Korea. hanna@schmc.ac.kr


The only known, effective intervention for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is weight loss, and there is no approved pharmacotherapy. Recently, new hypoglycemic agents, such as sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors and glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RAs), and their effects on NAFLD have received substantial interest. Herein, we review the currently available human studies regarding the effects of SGLT2 inhibitors and GLP-1RAs on NAFLD/non-alcoholic steatohepatitis in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, and we describe the possible mechanisms explaining the positive effects of these agents on NAFLD.


Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor; Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist; Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; Type 2 diabetes mellitus
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