Effects of dapagliflozin on cardiovascular risk factors

Postgrad Med. 2013 May;125(3):181-9. doi: 10.3810/pgm.2013.05.2667.


People with diabetes are more likely to develop a cardiovascular (CV) disease compared with those without diabetes. Although effective glycemic control has been the focus of the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), it is also important to control other CV risk factors to improve outcomes in these patients. Dapagliflozin, a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitor, lowers glucose levels in patients with T2DM by increasing urinary glucose excretion. Dapagliflozin therapy has been shown to impact a number of CV risk factors. Dapagliflozin improved glycemia with a low intrinsic propensity to cause hypoglycemia. Caloric loss associated with dapagliflozin-induced glucosuria also led to body weight reduction. Small changes from baseline in mean lipid parameters and reductions in serum uric acid levels were observed in patients taking dapagliflozin. Blood pressure reductions were also noted, consistent with modest drug-induced diuresis and weight loss. Furthermore, a lower rate of cardiac events was seen in patients taking dapagliflozin compared with those taking comparators in a meta-analysis of clinical trials on dapagliflozin. Overall, dapagliflozin has shown beneficial effects on CV risk factors in patients with T2DM. Further studies are underway to evaluate the effect of dapagliflozin on CV outcomes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Benzhydryl Compounds
  • Blood Glucose / drug effects
  • Blood Pressure / drug effects
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / drug therapy*
  • Glucosides / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sodium-Glucose Transport Proteins / antagonists & inhibitors*


  • 2-(3-(4-ethoxybenzyl)-4-chlorophenyl)-6-hydroxymethyltetrahydro-2H-pyran-3,4,5-triol
  • Benzhydryl Compounds
  • Blood Glucose
  • Glucosides
  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Sodium-Glucose Transport Proteins