Type 2 diabetes and heart disease: A dangerous combination

By: Mohan Garikiparithi | Health News | Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Type 2 diabetes and heart diseaseType 2 diabetes and heart disease comorbidity has been found to be more dangerous than previously believed. Study lead Dr. William White said, “Type 2 diabetes accompanied by an acute coronary syndrome needs much more attention, especially in order to prevent yet another major cardiac event.”

The study included over 5,300 people around the world with type 2 diabetes. Those patients who were hospitalized for congestive heart failure had a 24 to 28 percent higher risk of death within an 18-month period. That’s five times greater than the risk in those who were not hospitalized for a heart-related problem.

Furthermore, heart disease risk is three times greater in those with type 2 diabetes, compared to the general public.

The coexistence of heart disease and type 2 diabetes is mainly due to a common risk factor: obesity. High blood pressure and cholesterol also contribute to either condition. Additionally, there are growing concerns that medications to control blood sugar may also have impact on the heart over time.

The study, presented at the American Diabetes Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans, was also published online in the journal Diabetes Care.

Also, read Bel Marra Health’s article: Yogurt lowers type 2 diabetes risk more effectively than other dairy products.

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