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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 4:39 pm    Post subject: Diabetes heart risk "equivalent to 15 years aging" (News report) Reply with quote

from: Reuter News Service By Patricia Reaney Fri Jun 30, 2006 8:34 AM
ET

Diabetics are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, one of the
world's biggest killers, 15 years earlier than other people, according
to a scientist on Friday.

So a person with diabetes aged 40 has the same odds of having a stroke
or heart attack as a healthy person of 55.

"Diabetes confers the same risk of cardiovascular disease as aging 15
years," said Gillian Booth of the Institute of Clinical Evaluation
Sciences in Toronto, in an interview.

But she added that not all people with diabetes are at high risk. Those
that are do not reach the high level until they are in their early to
late 40s.

Diabetes is a chronic illness that occurs when the body does not
produce enough, or effectively use, insulin.

Men with diabetes usually go from the moderate to high risk category at
about 41 years old while in women it is 48. In the general population
it occurs 15 years later.

"People with diabetes certainly are at a high risk of getting heart
disease and there is a shift toward early heart disease, so the effect
is quite significant," Booth added.

In research reported in The Lancet medical journal, Booth and her team
also showed that young adults with diabetes have rates of coronary
heart disease 12-40 times higher than those in people without diabetes.

The scientists assessed the age at which diabetics develop a high risk
of cardiovascular disease by looking at 379,000 people with the illness
in Ontario and more than 9 million residents without it.

By recording when heart attacks and strokes occurred in the two groups
between April 1994 and March 2000, the researchers determined the
increased risk.

Diabetes, which is linked to obesity, also carries an increased risk of
kidney damage and nerve disorder that can lead to amputations. The
World Health Organization estimated that the number of people worldwide
with diabetes in 2000 was 177 million. It is expected to rise to 300
million by 2025.

Although diabetics have a raised risk of heart attack or stroke, Booth
said not all people with the illness have the same level of risk and
should not receive the same medical treatment.

Treatments to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease include
moderate exercise and a healthy diet, cholesterol-lowering drugs,
low-dose aspirin and drugs such as Ace inhibitors to lower blood
pressure.

"We should be individualizing treatment (of diabetics), rather than
treating them all the same," said Booth.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 5:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Diabetes heart risk "equivalent to 15 years aging" (News report) Reply with quote

Blocked wrote:
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from: Reuter News Service By Patricia Reaney Fri Jun 30, 2006 8:34 AM
ET

Diabetics are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, one of the
world's biggest killers, 15 years earlier than other people, according
to a scientist on Friday.

So a person with diabetes aged 40 has the same odds of having a stroke
or heart attack as a healthy person of 55.

"Diabetes confers the same risk of cardiovascular disease as aging 15
years," said Gillian Booth of the Institute of Clinical Evaluation
Sciences in Toronto, in an interview.

But she added that not all people with diabetes are at high risk. Those
that are do not reach the high level until they are in their early to
late 40s.

Diabetes is a chronic illness that occurs when the body does not
produce enough, or effectively use, insulin.

Men with diabetes usually go from the moderate to high risk category at
about 41 years old while in women it is 48. In the general population
it occurs 15 years later.

"People with diabetes certainly are at a high risk of getting heart
disease and there is a shift toward early heart disease, so the effect
is quite significant," Booth added.

In research reported in The Lancet medical journal, Booth and her team
also showed that young adults with diabetes have rates of coronary
heart disease 12-40 times higher than those in people without diabetes.

The scientists assessed the age at which diabetics develop a high risk
of cardiovascular disease by looking at 379,000 people with the illness
in Ontario and more than 9 million residents without it.

By recording when heart attacks and strokes occurred in the two groups
between April 1994 and March 2000, the researchers determined the
increased risk.

Diabetes, which is linked to obesity, also carries an increased risk of
kidney damage and nerve disorder that can lead to amputations. The
World Health Organization estimated that the number of people worldwide
with diabetes in 2000 was 177 million. It is expected to rise to 300
million by 2025.

Although diabetics have a raised risk of heart attack or stroke, Booth
said not all people with the illness have the same level of risk and
should not receive the same medical treatment.

Treatments to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease include
moderate exercise and a healthy diet, cholesterol-lowering drugs,
low-dose aspirin and drugs such as Ace inhibitors to lower blood
pressure.

"We should be individualizing treatment (of diabetics), rather than
treating them all the same," said Booth.

Simpler and wiser is to recognize that a person with diabetes has at
least the same level of risk of having a heart attack or stroke as
someone who already has had a heart attack or stroke.

Prayerfully in Christ's amazing love,

Andrew B. Chung
Cardiologist, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
http://HeartMDPhD.com/TheLife
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