What is the prognosis of glucose intolerance disorders?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Samuel T Olatunbosun, MD, FACP, FACE; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Several studies have demonstrated a relationship between high plasma glucose distributions and the risk for cardiovascular disease and increased mortality, even within the normoglycemic range. [25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30]

Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death by disease worldwide and the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Those with impaired glucose tolerance have a propensity for acute metabolic complications. IGT is a leading cause of end-stage renal disease and of blindness. Individuals with this condition also are at higher risk for neuropathy and gangrene.

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