chapter  60
Diabetes Mellitus and Coronary Artery Disease
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Type II diabetes has been estimated to account for up to 90-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. In addition to the staggering number of diagnosed cases, a recent United States Department of Health and Human Services study identified that approximately 40% of US adults from 40-71 years of age are “prediabetic.”This condition is silent and may not be identified by the patient but results in increasing risk for cardiovascular disease and the development of type II diabetes.The increasing proportion of younger patients with impaired glucose tolerance or type II diabetes represent a critical public health issue with profound future implications for increasing prevalence of cardiovascular

disease in younger age groups after decades that have been spent in hopes of “delaying”cardiovascular disease in the elderly.