Cardiovascular disease (heart and blood vessel disease), diabetes, kidney disease and liver disease are some of the most common chronic conditions in the US. They’re also all connected – and can impact your health if not detected and treated early.
Discover more about these connections and see how effective dialogue with a healthcare provider and simple health screenings from a trusted partner like Labcorp can give you the answers you need to take control of your health.
Cardiometabolic diseases are a group of common and often preventable chronic diseases that affect your cardiovascular system (heart and circulation or blood vessels) and your metabolic health.
Let’s focus on four main connected cardiometabolic conditions:
Many people may not be aware that they have a cardiometabolic condition because they don’t have any symptoms. Identifying these conditions early on, even before symptoms develop, is key to protecting your health.
of people with prediabetes don’t know they have it. 5
people with kidney disease don’t know they have kidney damage. 6
You have the power to change the course of your health. For example, diabetes can be reversed in some patients, and kidney disease can be slowed to a point where progression to kidney failure can be prevented for some patients.7,8
Managing these disorders often starts with lifestyle changes, including weight loss, exercise, healthy eating and quitting smoking. Sometimes, prescription medicines are also necessary to get cardiometabolic diseases under control.
Cardiometabolic diseases affect parts of the body that rely on each other to keep you healthy. When one organ is damaged or under stress, other body functions also can break down, leading to additional chronic diseases.
For example, if you have diabetes, high blood sugar can damage the blood vessels and nerves that control your heart over time, leading to heart disease. 11 Or if you already have heart disease, your heart may not be pumping efficiently, leading to congestion of blood in the kidneys and eventual kidney damage. 12
Cardiometabolic diseases share common risk factors:
To improve your health, it’s important to get your risk factors under control before they lead to worsening health or further complications.
Being diagnosed with one cardiometabolic disease increases your risk of developing another one – and raises the likelihood of poor health outcomes.13
By taking proactive steps, you can help to prevent chronic diseases from getting out of control. The earlier you know about your risk factors or the presence of a disease, the sooner you can get the care you need to reverse, stop or slow down your conditions.
An easy way to understand your true risk is through a simple health screening. With a blood or urine test, doctors can accurately screen for undiagnosed conditions to detect problems even before symptoms develop. For example, an HbA1C test can assess your blood sugar level and help identify diabetes. Two tests that measure how well your kidneys are functioning (eGFR and uACR) can detect kidney disease in its earliest stages.
Without these tests, it’s possible to miss identifying some diseases, especially if you are not showing any symptoms.
How can you get ahead of your cardiometabolic risk? Start with a conversation with your doctor. Together you can make informed decisions about adjusting your lifestyle risk factors.
Ask your doctor whether screening for chronic disease or risk factors should be part of your routine visit. Your whole healthcare team is there to guide you down the path toward better health. All you have to do is take the first step.
The path to better health starts with you. As a trusted healthcare partner, Labcorp is here to provide testing insights and education to help guide clinical decisions. We’ll help unravel the connections between chronic diseases so you and your doctor can focus on your care.
Our tests for diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and liver disease integrate the latest screening guidelines to help your doctor identify your risk or make an accurate diagnosis.
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