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Kidney problems and diabetes comorbidity raises heart risk: Study

Kidney problems and diabetes comorbidity increases the risk of death from a heart event in blacks, according to a new study. The researchers reviewed data from over 3,200 black people in Mississippi who were enrolled in a heart study. The participants were followed on average for seven years.

The researchers found the risk for heart disease was over two percent higher per year for diabetics and seven percent higher for those with kidney problems. Unfortunately, those who had both diabetes and kidney problems fared the worst, with a 15 percent higher risk of heart disease.

Study co-leader Dr. Maryam Afkarian, said, “African Americans in low-income counties in Mississippi have higher rates of adverse cardiovascular outcomes and mortality than any other subpopulation in the United States (including other African American subpopulations), rates that are comparable to those in some of the most underprivileged parts of the globe.”
“This is an important question because in order to reduce the excess burden of cardiovascular disease and death, it is important to identify the factors that contribute to them,” Afkarian explained.

Also, read Bel Marra Health’s article: Why iced tea is killing your kidneys


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.

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