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Men With Diabetes and Heart Disease Face Similar Long-term Mortality Risks

by VR Sreeraman on  January 7, 2009 at 12:57 PM Menīs Health News   - G J E 4
 Men With Diabetes and Heart Disease Face Similar Long-term Mortality Risks
Scientists have found that men with type 2 diabetes and males with cardiovascular disease have similar long-term mortality risks.
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The study revealed that men with type 2 diabetes and men with previous heart attack or stroke had a 3 to 4 fold risk of cardiovascular death, as compared to men without either disease in the years following the first acute event.

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The study underscores the high risk of diabetes, as "men with type 2 diabetes and no previous cardiovascular disease had a 3-fold cardiovascular mortality risk compared with men with neither cardiovascular disease nor diabetes at the beginning of the follow-up," write Dr. Gilles Dagenais and colleagues from Laval University and the University of Montreal.

However, the study was limited to white men and diabetes was self-reported in two-thirds of cases.

In the first five years, men with type 2 diabetes had a lower risk for cardiovascular mortality compared to men with previous heart attack or stroke and without diabetes.

But, in the long term, the researchers discovered that the 2 groups had similar mortality risks.

The findings highlight that there's a need for prevention and optimal management of diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

The study is published in CMAJ.

Source: ANI
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