Diabetes and Heart Attack Risk

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Diabetes may double a persons risk of developing serious blood vessel diseases and life-threatening events such as stroke and heart attack.

British scientists analyzed data on nearly 700,000 people in 25 countries, each of whom had been monitored for about 10 years.

Only a small part of the effects of diabetes on heart disease and stroke can be explained by blood fats, blood pressure and obesity. Therefore, researchers concluded that blood glucose levels alone should not be used to help identify people at increased risk of heart disease or stroke.

Among the other key findings of the study:

Higher than average fasting blood glucose levels are only weakly related to later development of heart attack or stroke.

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for some 17 million deaths annually, worldwide.

Coronary heart disease risks were higher in women than in men age 40-59 than at age 70 and older.

Researchers indicated their findings were consistent across all groups of people.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.