Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases
Janssen has an enduring commitment to researching the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Our aim is to develop innovative healthcare solutions that will significantly improve outcome for patients. As such, we are building a comprehensive approach to diabetes care as well as cardiovascular disease, uncovering new therapies we hope will improve the quality of life for patients. Our mission is global, local and personal. Together, we can reshape the future of cardiovascular and metabolic disease prevention and treatment.
Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes; a serious condition where the level of glucose in the blood is too high. About 90 percent of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes 2, where the insulin made by the pancreas can’t work properly, or the pancreas can’t make enough insulin, leading to an increase in blood glucose level. Over time, elevated blood glucose levels can lead to complications from damage to various organs, including the heart, eyes and kidneys.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a long-term condition characterised by a gradual loss of kidney function. It's a common condition often associated with ageing but can also be caused by disorders such as diabetes and high blood pressure. As kidney function declines, levels of waste product in blood can build up, leading to illness and complications such as anaemia (low blood count) and muscle weakness 3 .
Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure, when the flow of the blood applies too much force against the walls of the blood vessels. Acute causes of hypertension include stress, but it can also occur on its own, or it can result from an underlying condition, such as kidney disease. Unmanaged hypertension can lead to severe complications and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and death 4.
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4. World Health Organisation (WHO): Hypertension Fact Sheet May 2019.