Episode 4 - The Link Between Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Diabetes is an insidious cardiometabolic condition that continues to affect a growing population of young Americans, and is associated with high blood pressure, lipid abnormalities, and renal disease. The disease and its clinical sequelae are tightly interwoven with cardiovascular disease (CVD), acute coronary syndrome, and stroke. Consequently, there are substantial clinical implications for the optimal management of any underlying cardiometabolic disorder. While the topic of “metabolic syndrome” remains controversial and inconsistently defined, Dr Michael Weber emphasizes that glycosylated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), while the standard measure for the management of diabetes, is only one component of the overall picture - it is also essential to appropriately control body weight and size, blood pressure, and lipid levels.

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