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Title: Diabetic cardiomyopathy: prevalence, determinants and potential treatments.
Authors: Gulsin, Gaurav S.
Athithan, Lavanya
McCann, Gerry P.
First Published: 27-Mar-2019
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2019, Vol. 10: 1–21
Abstract: The prevalence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) has reached a pandemic scale. These patients are at a substantially elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease, with heart failure (HF) being a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Even in the absence of traditional risk factors, diabetes still confers up to a twofold increased risk of developing HF. This has led to identifying diabetes as an independent risk factor for HF and recognition of the distinct clinical entity, diabetic cardiomyopathy. Despite a wealth of research interest, the prevalence and determinants of diabetic cardiomyopathy remain uncertain. This limited understanding of the pathophysiology of diabetic heart disease has also hindered development of effective treatments. Tight blood-glucose and blood-pressure control have not convincingly been shown to reduce macrovascular outcomes in T2D. There is, however, emerging evidence that T2D is reversible and that the metabolic abnormalities can be reversed with weight loss. Increased aerobic exercise capacity is associated with significantly lower cardiovascular and overall mortality in diabetes. Whether such lifestyle modifications as weight loss and exercise may ameliorate the structural and functional derangements of the diabetic heart has yet to be established. In this review, the link between T2D and myocardial dysfunction is explored. Insights into the structural and functional perturbations that typify the diabetic heart are first described. This is followed by an examination of the pathophysiological mechanisms that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease in T2D. Lastly, the current and emerging therapeutic strategies to prevent or ameliorate cardiac dysfunction in T2D are evaluated.
DOI Link: 10.1177/2042018819834869
ISSN: 2042-0188
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2019. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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