GLP-1 receptor agonists for type 2 diabetes and their role in primary care: an Australian perspective

Rasalam, Roy, Barlow, John, Kennedy, Mark, Phillips, Pat, and Wright, Alan (2019) GLP-1 receptor agonists for type 2 diabetes and their role in primary care: an Australian perspective. Diabetes Therapy, 10 (4). pp. 1205-1217.

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The ever-increasing number of drugs available to treat type 2 diabetes and the complexity of patients with this condition present a constant challenge when it comes to identifying the most appropriate treatment approach. The more recent glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RAs) are non-insulin injectable options for the management of type 2 diabetes. Effective at improving glycaemic control with a low intrinsic risk of hypoglycaemia and the potential for weight reduction, this agent class is an important addition to the prescribing armamentarium. However, understanding their place in therapy may prove confusing for many primary care practitioners, especially given the common belief that injectables' are a last-resort treatment option, which puts them at risk of being niched alongside insulin. This review summarises the clinical evidence for GLP-1RAs and how they compare to other glucose-lowering agents in managing type 2 diabetes. It also provides practical and case-driven opinions and recommendations on the optimal use of GLP-1RAs by discussing important patient factors and clinical considerations that will help to identify those who are most likely to benefit from this class of agents.

Item ID: 60082
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1869-6961
Keywords: Diabetes mellitus, Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists, Injectables, Type 2 diabetes
Funders: Eli Lilly Australia
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2019 07:38
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320208 Endocrinology @ 80%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420319 Primary health care @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920104 Diabetes @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences @ 50%
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