The LEADER® Study
Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems of our time. People with type 2 diabetes have a 2-4 times increased risk of heart disease.
People with type 2 diabetes often struggle with high blood sugar as well as obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The ability to control all these risk factors impacts your likelihood of developing heart disease.
In addition to controlling blood sugar a new type of once-daily diabetes therapy has been found to induce weight loss, lower blood pressure, and potentially improve lipid levels in the blood in people with type 2 diabetes.
The LEADER® study has been designed to investigate the effect this new therapy has on heart disease and its risk factors in people with type 2 diabetes.
Ultimately the study may help enhance our understanding of the relationship between diabetes and heart disease.
Test your knowledge about diabetes and heart disease
Question: How many people are currently estimated to have diabetes worldwide?
Question: Among people with diabetes how many have type 2 diabetes?
Question: On average worldwide, how often does a new person develop diabetes?
Question: On average worldwide, how often does someone die from diabetes and its complications?
Question: Heart disease accounts for what percentage of diabetes deaths?
Question: How much more likely is it that people with type 2 diabetes will die from a heart attack or stroke compared to people who do not have diabetes?
Answer: 2-4 times as likely
People with type 2 diabetes are more than twice as likely to die from a heart attack or stroke as people who do not have diabetes. By controlling your diabetes you may lower your risk of heart disease.Take quizRead more about diabetes and heart disease Back to front page
Question: On average, how much sooner do people with type 2 diabetes die than people without diabetes?
Question: People with type 2 diabetes can reduce their risk of heart related complications by:
Question: Which lifestyle changes can help reduce the risk of heart disease in people with type 2 diabetes?
Answer: All of the above
Eating a diet low in fat, salt and sugar and high in fibre, losing some weight if you are obese or overweight and 30 minutes brisk exercise at least five times a week will benefit your overall health and may risk your risk of heart disease. Your doctor will be able to give you further details on how to eat and stay healthy.Take quizRead more about diabetes and heart disease Back to front page