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Cardiovascular Risk While Using Insulin

May 11, 2021
 
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

Author: Laura Martínez López, PharmD. Candidate 2021, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Pharmacy

The use of insulin to treat type 2 diabetes patients is growing, but does its risk for hypoglycemia impact cardiovascular health? 

While insulin is the treatment for type 1 diabetes, this medication is not the first choice for patients with type 2 diabetes. Despite this, the percentage of type 2 patients treated with insulin increases ~7.5% per year. The use of insulin in patients with type 2 diabetes is encouraged by guidelines when patients cannot reach a glycemic target. As the prevalence of insulin use increases over the years, it is crucial to determine the impact of this medication on patients' outcomes. Type 2 diabetes was linked in the past with cardiovascular events. Literature has shown that cardiovascular events can lead to death in patients with type 2 diabetes....

 

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