Wellness iNPractice Diabetes

Diabetes Comorbidities and Overall Health

Hypertension and dyslipidemia are common conditions seen in patients with diabetes and are risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD is the leading cause of mortality in patients with diabetes and the leading cost factor in diabetes-related care.1 Other common comorbid conditions with diabetes are diabetic kidney disease, retinopathy, neuropathy, and complications of the foot.

Many studies have shown that when hypertension and dyslipidemia are well-managed, CVD is prevented or slowed in patients with diabetes. Additionally, hypertension is a risk factor for developing microvascular complications of diabetes; managing hypertension can prevent these complications.

Many treatments exist to help manage comorbid conditions, including changes to diet and physical activity, and medications. With proper support and education from healthcare providers, patients can manage their comorbid conditions along with diabetes to prevent or slow the progression of complications.

This presentation, “Managing Diabetes and Overall Health,” is designed to help you educate patients about the common comorbidities of diabetes and why it is important to address these comorbid conditions along with diabetes. Available in both English and Spanish, you can review this presentation with your patients during clinic visits as a way to engage them in a discussion about other conditions that are often seen with diabetes and how managing their diabetes can improve their overall health.

Topics covered in this presentation include common comorbidities, consequences of well-managed and poorly managed comorbidities, and the impact of lifestyle on the outcomes of comorbidities.

You can pause the presentation wherever necessary to answer any questions that patients may have and confirm that patients understand the new information being delivered. There are links within the presentation to other Wellness iNPractice Diabetes tools, including My Daily Schedule.