Fast Five Quiz: Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD


January 14, 2021

Figure 1. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, illustration.

Both early-onset (< 60 years of age) T2D and late-onset (≥ 60 years of age) T2D are associated with an increased risk for major CHD and mortality; however, despite debate, only early-onset T2D with multiple coronary risk factors is largely considered a CHD risk equivalent. This risk appears to be greatest among women, who have a three- to fourfold increased risk for CHD, whereas men with diabetes have a twofold increased risk.

A fasting blood glucose level ≥ 100 mg/dL significantly contributes to the risk for both CVD and death among individuals with T2D. In addition, CVD is the leading cause of mortality among individuals with T2D.

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