Working from home the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual conference becomes a virtual reality - Research blog report from Day One
Improved blood pressure could lower risk of cardiovascular disease for people living with diabetes
And the day rounded off with the 35th Camillo Golgi Prize Lecture, this year awarded to Professor Naveed Sattar from Glasgow who gave a typically upbeat presentation on the cardiovascular risk in people with diabetes.
Paying generous tribute to the work of his colleagues and co-workers as well as to others working in the field around the world, Professor Sattar repeatedly pressed home the terrible significance of type 2 for health and mortality – doubling cardiovascular risk.
However, he also gave cause for hope, emphasising the extent to which earlier diagnosis, lower glucose and improved blood pressure and lipid therapy have managed to lower that risk over recent years.
For every decade earlier that you develop diabetes, you lose four more years of life expectancy, so we need to focus more on weight-losing modalities in people with younger onset type 2 diabetes. We need to treat blood pressure more aggressively in younger people with type 2 diabetes.
Covid-19 and vulnerability of people with diabetes
As so often during this year’s meeting, Covid-19 was a looming presence. While acknowledging the particular vulnerability of people with diabetes, as people whose systems are already compromised, to the ravages of a hyperimmune response, Professor Sattar also found a more optimistic note on which to finish Day One of the conference – with the hope that the experience of Covid-19 might finally persuade policy makers to see tackling obesity and diabetes as a matter of urgency.
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