In addition to general articles on clinical aspects of diabetes mellitus, Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews also presents articles on basic research in all areas of diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. Topics include prevention, diagnosis, pathogenesis, clinical management of diabetes and all its complications, including neuropathy, retinopathy, nephropathy, peripheral vascular disease, foot problems (amongst others), as well as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. All aspects of disorders associated with the metabolic syndrome with a special emphasis on clinical aspects (prevalence, pathogenesis, risk factors management and prevention, etc.) of comorbid conditions such as hypertension, obesity, dyslipidemias and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease are also of relevance to the journal. Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews also publishes papers on the general pathogenesis and prevention of diabetes.
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