ADA: Liraglutide Lowers Risk for Cardiovascular Events in T2DM

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
ADA: Liraglutide Lowers Risk for Cardiovascular Events in T2DM
ADA: Liraglutide Lowers Risk for Cardiovascular Events in T2DM

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Liraglutide (Victoza) cuts the risk of heart attack and stroke in type 2 diabetes patients, according to a study published online June 14 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The research was published to coincide with the American Diabetes Association's 76th Scientific Sessions, held from June 10 to 14 in New Orleans.

The study included 9,340 adults from 32 countries who had type 2 diabetes and a high risk of cardiovascular disease. About half took liraglutide, while the other half took an inactive placebo.

Tracking patients for three years, the researchers found that, compared with patients in the placebo group, patients who took liraglutide had a 13 percent lower risk of heart attack or stroke. They also had a 22 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, a 15 percent lower risk of death from any cause, and a 22 percent lower risk of new evidence of advanced kidney disease. Some patients did discontinue the drug due to gastrointestinal symptoms.

"I've been excited about liraglutide for a long time because I think it's unique," senior author John Buse, M.D., Ph.D., of the Diabetes Care Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, said in a university news release. "This is the first diabetes drug that has shown across-the-board benefits for cardiovascular diseases, and this suggests it plays a role in treating atherosclerosis."

The study was funded by Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of liraglutide.

Abstract
Full Text
Editorial
More Information

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

RSNA: Sleep Deprivation Appears to Affect Heart Function

RSNA: Sleep Deprivation Appears to Affect Heart Function

Small study finds lack of sleep affects blood pressure, heart rate in healthy volunteers

Three Low-Carb Meals a Day Can Lower Insulin Resistance

Three Low-Carb Meals a Day Can Lower Insulin ...

However, pre-meal exercising not helpful in reducing evening blood glucose levels

Augmented Reality, Gaming May Help Relieve Phantom Limb Pain

Augmented Reality, Gaming May Help Relieve Phantom Limb ...

Study finds exercising virtual limb can cut pain by as much as half

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »