About 4.5 million South Africans suffer from diabetes and 90% (about 4 million) have type 2 diabetes (T2DM)1. The prevalence of diabetes is expected to increase quite substantially in the future fuelled by poor eating habits and lifestyle habits2. Many long-term studies, including the STENO STUDY, which followed diabetic patients for 13 years, have shown that the cardiovascular risk (CV), both macrovascular and microvascular, are increased in patients with T2DM3. This would lead to an increase in disease burden and a huge impact on financial costs2.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and Type 2 diabetes is on the increase worldwide and clinicians need to be aware of the multiple factors that cause adverse cardiac events in these patients, beyond LDL-C levels [Image: Shutterstock].

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