A New Study has Discovered a Relationship Between Prediabetes And Risk of Heart Attack

The 11th of June (ANI): Atlanta [Georgia]: Prediabetes appears to be a major independent risk factor for heart attacks, according to a new study presented at ENDO 2022, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting.

Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are elevated but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Diabetes is more likely to develop in people who have prediabetes.

According to study lead author Kavin Raj, M.D., of Saint Peter’s University Hospital/Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., while diabetes is known to cause serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, and kidney problems, the link between prediabetes and heart problems has not been well established.

“Our findings should serve as a wake-up call to everyone to focus on managing prediabetes rather than just diabetes,” Raj added. “In patients with prediabetes, we recommend everyone to adopt lifestyle changes, eat a nutritious diet, and exercise regularly for at least 150 minutes each week to reduce the risk of heart attacks,” said the study’s author.

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The researchers looked at data from 1.79 million heart attack patients who were admitted to hospitals. Prediabetes was found in 1% of the patients. After controlling for other heart disease risk factors such as age, gender, race, family history of heart attack, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, and obesity, prediabetes was found to be associated with a 25% increased risk of heart attack compared to patients without prediabetes.

Prediabetics had a 45 percent higher chance of having percutaneous intervention (a heart procedure to unblock clogged blood arteries) and an almost doubled chance of needing heart bypass surgery.

“Our findings highlight the importance of early detection of prediabetes through screening and early treatment with lifestyle changes and/or drugs to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events,” Raj added. (ANI)

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