Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Youth With Diabetes Mellitus

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Youth With Diabetes Mellitus


(soft electronic music) – Hello, my name is Dr. David Maahs. I’m a pediatric endocrinologist at the Barbara Davis Center
for Childhood Diabetes, at the University of Colorado Denver, and the Children’s Hospital Colorado. And I’m speaking to you today about a recent scientific statement from the American Heart Association on cardiovascular disease risk factors in youth with diabetes. And I’m speaking as the
co-chair for this writing group. There are many important
reasons for this statement. Both type one and type two
diabetes are increasing in youth. We know that cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes
of morbidity and mortality in people with diabetes. And, in the past decade, there have been several
published guidelines on cardiovascular disease risk factors, their identification and
treatment in youth with diabetes. And so in this scientific summary, these guidelines are reviewed, new developments in the
field are summarized, including a lot of the key research that’s been done in the last decade. We also outline future
research and clinical needs to improve cardiovascular health
and risk factor management in youth with diabetes. The goals of this statement include, to increase the awareness of cardiovascular disease risk factors and their identification,
as well as their prevention, as well as the treatment
of these risk factors to improve cardiovascular
health in youth with diabetes by encouraging advancement in
research and clinical care. So, this scientific statement
complements a recent American Heart Association
statement on type one diabetes and cardiovascular disease by now focusing on youth with diabetes. And in youth with diabetes,
type one diabetes, accounts for 80 to 90 percent of diabetes. But our statement also includes, then, details on type two diabetes in youth and cardiovascular disease risk factors. And, as we know, type two
diabetes is an emerging concern in pediatric medicine. So our writing group includes
a broad range of expertise, including pediatric
cardiologists, endocrinologists, necrologists, behavioral scientists, and pediatric nursing
representation as well. Some of the key messages
for clinicians and patients are that, one, elevated
cardiovascular disease risk factors do exist in youth with diabetes. Second, that current
guidelines should be followed for screening, as well as appropriate then therapy for abnormalities, which includes lifestyle change and, in select cases,
pharmacologic treatment. In summary, we believe that
this new scientific statement provides a state-of-the-art review of cardiovascular disease
risk in youth with diabetes and can set the stage to
improve care, improve research, and improve outcomes for
these children with diabetes. Thank you. (soft electronic music)