Data for: CVOTs: What did the Endocrinologist learn ?
The recent CVOTs which tested the new glucose-lowering drugs (GLD) show that in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Based on CVOTs results it is time, as stated in the new EASD-ADA and ESC/EASD guidelines, to take into consideration such opportunities in the decision-making process when treating T2DM patients, favoring the use of drugs that have shown clear cardiovascular and renal benefits. The treatment decisions require more expertise in the evaluation of cardiovascular and renal risk which becomes a major determinant for the choice of GLD treatment, the target for lipids, the adjustment of anti-hypertensive treatments and the prescription of aspirin. In this context it is essential that endocrinologists-diabetologists communicate more with cardiologists and nephrologists and with the primary care practitioners.