01 Mar

Inaugural lecture Prof. dr. Miranda Schram

Appointed as Professor "Diabetesepidemiologie, in het bijzonder gericht op Cardiovasculaire en Mentale Gezondheid" in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

"Zoete inzichten"

Type 2 diabetes is a very common chronic disease. In the Netherlands, over 1.1 million people have diabetes. This has serious consequences for their health, since they are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and damage to the nerves and eyes. What is less known is the greater risk of mental diseases such as depression, dementia, and stroke. In clinical practice, attention paid to these consequences is limited. 

In my lecture, I will discuss the insights we have gained in recent years regarding diabetes. I explain where the potential overlap in disease mechanisms and also the opportunities for diabetes prevention lie. The “sweet insights” show, for example, that the early stage of diabetes, also called prediabetes, is not as harmless as the name suggests. Finally, I pay attention to the particular epidemiological infrastructure in the Netherlands, which is fundamental for diabetes research now and in the future.

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