The Risk Of Heart Attack Or A Stroke Doubles With Diabetes – Part 2 of 3
The researchers found that having diabetes nearly doubled the chance of suffering from various diseases involving the heart and blood vessels. But this risk was only partially due to the usual culprits – cholesterol, blood tension and obesity.
This suggests that diabetes may cause cardiovascular disease by a different mechanism, the study authors noted. “This is a particularly exciting finding in terms of upper development and new therapeutic targets”. In addition, the researchers found that higher-than-normal blood sugar in people without diabetes was not strongly related to having a heart attack or stroke.
In light of this finding, blood sugar levels are possibly not a good indicator for identifying people at risk for heart attack or stroke, the researchers pointed out. Cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death around the world, accounts for some 17 million deaths every year, according to CV information in the study. Diabetes expert Dr Hertzel C Gerstein, professor of medicine at McMaster University in Canada and creator of an accompanying journal editorial, said, “This study confirms that diabetes is a major problem that doubles the risk of heart attacks, stroke and death”.