, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 280-285
Date: 11 Apr 2012

The Distinctive Nature of Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease in Diabetes: Pathophysiological and Morphological Insights

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Abstract

As the incidence of diabetes mellitus continues to rise, parallel increases in the rates of diabetic atherosclerotic vascular disease are projected to impart major health and socioeconomic challenges for authorities worldwide. Diabetes results in a proatherogenic phenotype, manifesting in an accelerated, diffuse, polyvascular fashion. In this review, we highlight the pathophysiological and morphological hallmarks of diabetic atherosclerosis.