Cardiometabolic Health- Diabetes, Obesity, & Metabolism
The objective of this track is to known the causes and pathophysiology of obesity, diabetes, and related metabolic maladies, and look for safe mediations and therapeutics. Investigators in this division also have a special emphasis on women's health and on the developmental programming of metabolic diseases. Our investigators utilize a broad array of research tools including noninvasive imaging, complex whole animal studies on physiology and behavior, and in vitro and ex vivo techniques. Obesity increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. But it harms more than just the heart and blood vessel system. It's also a major cause of gallstones, osteoarthritis and respiratory problems. Obesity also can lead to heart failure. Having diabetes or pre diabetes puts one at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. One can lower its risk by keeping the blood glucose (also called blood sugar), blood pressure, and blood cholesterol close to the recommended target numbers—the levels suggested by diabetes experts for good health. Stroke and coronary heart disease can be caused by the same problem – atherosclerosis.