Cardio Metabolic Health Congress – Official Blog

Diabetes Management Update

What is the link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease? C. Ronald Kahn, MD will present “Is Alzheimer’s Disease Type 3 Diabetes?” Dr. Kahn will discuss the correlation between the two, the effect of insulin resistance on brain function, and the potential use of antidiabetic medications in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

With regard to novel diabetes therapies, according to John B. Buse, MD, PhD, “I suspect that the combination of GLP-1 receptor agonists and basal insulin will become the default pathway of diabetes management in the future; and SGLT-2 inhibitors, as a once-daily oral medication, are compelled to play a central role in diabetes care moving forward.” Dr. Buse will discuss these points further in Type 2 Diabetes Management 2014, followed by Howard Wolpert, MD who will discuss the physiologic and practical considerations of initiating insulin therapy and avoiding the extremes of hyper- and hypoglycemia. Read more

Is There More to CHD Risk than LDL Cholesterol?

Which of the many so called “risk factors” correlated with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) actually cause disease? According to Dr. Sekar Kathiresan, genetic discoveries are proving crucial to disentangling cause from correlation. Dr. Kathiresan will present the session Is There Anything More to CHD Risk than LDL Cholesterol?” on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the 9th Annual CMHC.

“Our work to date,” he said, “suggests that there are three lipid fractions that show evidence in terms of a causal relationship: LDL; lipoprotein(a); and triglyceride-rich lipoproteins (TRLs). In contrast, although low levels of HDL are correlated with CHD risk, low HDL levels do not represent a causal relationship.”

“The good news,” Dr. Kathiresan continued, “is that there is something beyond LDL. Naturally occurring genetic mutations in four different genes alter triglycerides and CHD risk. In a recent study, it was found lifelong lower levels of APOC3 caused by a genetic mutation led to a 50% reduced risk of CHD… We’re in an interesting phase, where there’s a resurgence of interest in TRLs. The challenge over the next few years will be in proving that reducing TRLs will not only lower triglycerides but also the risk of CHD.”

The Role of Inflammation

In their Thursday morning keynote address, Drs. Peter Libby and Paul Ridker will also address CHD risk factors beyond lipids by presenting their research on the role of inflammation in the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis and the impact anti-inflammatory therapies under investigation may have on reducing cardiovascular event rates. “The magnitude of independent risk associated with inflammation is at least as large, if not larger, than that of blood pressure and cholesterol,” said Dr. Paul Ridker.

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