In this video, Jeanine Roeters van Lennap, MD PhD, Internist and vascular medicine specialist at Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam reviews the scope of the diabetes, specifically gestational diabetes and understanding the link between diabetes and heart disease in women. As she notes, there are more than 37 million affected adults globally, over 4.8 million people have died with this disease in just the past 3 years; over 50% are still undiagnosed and more than 471 billion dollars have been spent on healthcare to manage this disease. Etiology of this disease includes urbanization, physical inactivity, aging, and obesity. As Dr. Roeters van Lennap notes, prevention is not only essential but doable and clinicians should encourage healthier lifestyles and nutritional intake for improved outcomes in this patient population.
Erasmus Year: 2015