Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, as well as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors, have recently been widely used as therapeutics of type 2 diabetes . According to the accumulation of clinical experience, cardiovascular protective effects of GLP-1 receptor agonists have been focused [2,3]. Although these effects may partly be due to their indirect glucose-lowering and weight-losing effects , recent evidence has indicated their direct effects on endothelium.
Citation: Kudo M, Saito-Hakoda A, Matsuda K, Shimizu K, Sato I, et al. (2013) The Effects of GLP-1 Receptor Agonists on Endothelial Function: Do They Function Directly or Indirectly? Autacoids 2:e121.