GLP-1 receptor agonists may also improve your heart health. Some drugs in this class of medications lower the risk of stroke, heart attacks, and heart disease-related death.
GLP-1 receptor agonists are not recommended if you have a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2.
GLP-1 receptor agonists mimic a hormone called GLP-1. GLP-1 is produced by the gut after a meal and increases the body’s natural production of insulin.
Patient Toolkit Introduction
If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you are not alone. It is estimated that over 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes. Diabetes is a complex disease that requires careful daily self-management, including making healthy food choices, staying physically active, monitoring your blood sugar frequently, and taking your medications as prescribed. Successful self-management of diabetes can reduce your chance of developing severe or life-threatening complications, including heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and amputations.
The more you know about your type 2 diabetes diagnosis, the better prepared you will be to make informed decisions about your health. In this Patient Toolkit, you will find information to help you understand your diagnosis and tips on managing day-to-day life with diabetes. In addition to frequently asked questions, links are provided to other up-to-date resources to help answer all of your questions.