Slightly high blood cortisol (a stress hormone) can cause weight gain, diabetes, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and more importantly cardiovascular disease.
I am happy to contribute to the editorial by Lisa Eramo published in Medical Economics, January 2018. The article is important as it raises physician awareness of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under which hypertension management falls. MIPS, part of 2015 MACRA, will go into effect in 2019.
This meta-analysis of four major clinical trials (ELIXA, LEADER, SUSTAIN 6, EXSCEL) reveals safety of GLP-1 agonists, bur more importantly their cardiovascular benefits on mortality, myocardial infarction and stroke in adults with type 2 diabetes.
The next natural step would be the quest for oral version of GLP-1 agonist given its positive profile on appetite, glucagon, insulin, glucose metabolism, proteinuria and cardiovascular system.