Reducing cardiovascular risk in people with diabetes and kidney disease

Brendon L Neuen and Vlado Perkovic
Med J Aust 2018; 209 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja18.00929
Published online: 19 November 2018

We need to move beyond managing end organ complications to reducing cardio-renal risk across the spectrum of kidney function

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is one of the greatest challenges facing the Australian health care system. The number of Australians living with diabetes has tripled over the past 25 years, and by 2025 it is expected that 3 million adults will have been diagnosed with the disease, one of the most rapid rises for any chronic condition in Australia.1

  • Brendon L Neuen
  • Vlado Perkovic

  • The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, NSW


Brendon Neuen is funded by a John Chalmers PhD Scholarship from the George Institute for Global Health and a University Postgraduate Award from UNSW Sydney. Vlado Perkovic receives research support from the National Health and Medical Research Council (Senior Research Fellowship and Program Grant).

Competing interests:

The George Institute for Global Health provides contract research services to Janssen for trials of sodium/glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. Brendon Neuen receives travel support from Janssen. Vlado Perkovic is the chair of a steering committee for a renal outcome study of an SGLT2 inhibitor (canagliflozin), serves on steering committees for AbbVie, Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen and Pfizer, and serves on advisory boards or speaks at scientific meetings for AbbVie, Astellas, AstraZeneca, Bayer, Baxter, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Boehringer Ingelheim, Durect, Eli Lilly, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Merck, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Pharmalink, Relypsa, Roche, Sanofi, Servier and Vitae; all honoraria for these activities are paid to the George Institute for Global Health.


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