BOSTON — Early, aggressive management typically used to prevent complications of type 2 diabetes is also the best strategy to tackle prediabetes and its related comorbidities, according to a speaker at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists annual meeting.
Leigh Perreault, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, said intensive lifestyle intervention and medical therapy before the development of overt type 2 diabetes is key to preventing long-term microvascular and macrovascular complications in people with prediabetes, who carry a strikingly similar risk burden.
“Prediabetes is diabetes,” Perreault told Endocrine Today. “The time is now to take action. You can prevent diabetes, you can prevent complications of diabetes, [the patient] can be a good role model for [his or her] family. It’s really an investment at that very moment in the patient’s future health. I find no other group of patients to be more motivated than people with prediabetes. It’s really an opportunity for clinicians to make a huge difference in their patients’ lives.”