May 24, 2016
In adults with type 2 diabetes free of cardiovascular disease, the burden of microvascular disease confers a risk for future cardiovascular events similar to the risks observed from smoking, hypertension and dyslipidemia, according to recent study findings.
“The risk of a first [CV] event increased linearly with the number of manifestations of microvascular disease present,” Jack R.W. Brownrigg, MRCS, of St. George’s Vascular Institute and St. George’s University of London, and colleagues wrote. “Furthermore, the presence of isolated retinopathy, peripheral neuropathy or nephropathy confers at least a similar risk for [CV] events as risk factors contained in contemporary risk equations, such as blood pressure, LDL cholesterol and HbA1c.”