Prediabetes creates sudden death risk for heart attacks

Prediabetes creates sudden death risk for heart attacks

People could be faced with the most severe health risks even before diabetes sets in.

We know diabetes raise your risk of almost every health ailment from heart disease of all types, to 34 different cancers to loss of limbs, blindness, the list goes on.

What many people do not realise is that prediabetes also leads to the same conditions.

Results showed that men with pre-diabetes had a higher risk of sudden cardiac death compared to men with normal blood sugar levels.  As blood sugar levels increased, so too did the risk of sudden cardiac death.

In addition, both pre-diabetes and diabetes were associated with death from all causes.

The study concluded:

  • Men in hospital with pre-diabetes were 1.51 times more likely to suffer sudden cardiac death than men with normal blood sugar
  • Men in hospital with diabetes were 2.86 times more likely to suffer sudden cardiac death than those with normal blood sugar
  • Men out of hospital with pre-diabetes were 1.79 times more likely to suffer sudden cardiac death than men with normal blood sugar
  • Men out of hospital with diabetes were 2.26 times more likely to suffer sudden cardiac death than men with normal blood sugar

Study of 2,641 middle-aged men by Jari A. Laukkanen, MD, PhD, of the University of Eastern Finland, and colleagues, as published on December 17, 2012 in Diabetes Care, a journal of the American Diabetes Association.


 

Posted: Saturday 30 March 2013

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