Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Prediabetes results in damage to small blood vessels

Maastricht: When type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, serious complications such as damage to the retina, kidneys, heart nerves and brain may already exist. What all these complications have in common is small blood vessel damage, which has showed to be present already in the preliminary stage of diabetes, referred to as prediabetes. This discovery, made by doctors and researchers at Maastricht UMC+ as part of the Maastricht Study (De Maastricht Studie), has far-reaching consequences. The main consequence is namely that measures have to be taken much sooner, in fact during the prediabetes stage. Given the fact that almost 25% of people in the Netherlands between 40 and 75 years of age have prediabetes, a large number of whom will actually develop type 2 diabetes, this is a health problem that must not be underestimated.