Atherosclerosis is the predominant cause of cardiovascular diseases1 and death in diabetes and obesity patients2. The condition causes blood vessels (arteries) to narrow, harden and weaken due to the build-up of fat along the inner lining of the arteries. Diseases related to atherosclerosis are closely associated with western lifestyle and their prevalence is increasing globally, representing 28% of all deaths3. Our scientists are currently working on early-stage research with the potential to treat atherosclerosis and thereby reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and early death.
account for 85% of all deaths from
70% of people with diabetes die from
Novo Nordisk is highly focused on pioneering innovation together with external partners in the field of atherosclerosis. We are currently seeking to form partnerships on novel modalities with the potential to address residual risk in patients with high cardiovascular risk, on top of cholesterol lowering therapies.
In 2018, the Novo Nordisk Foundation awarded Milena Schönke, PhD, a grant of close to 4 million Danish kroner (about 600,000 US dollars) for her project Running from Cardiometabolic Disease: Role of Lipoprotein Metabolism and the Timing of Exercise. The project will investigate the molecular effects of exercise training on the development and progression of atherosclerosis in obese mice.
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