Cardiovascular Disease Due To Diabetes On The Rise
Rates of cardiovascular disease resulting from diabetes has been increasing over the past 50 years. Researchers compared risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular “events” such as heart attacks in Framingham study participants from two different time periods. The first group was examined between 1952 and 1974 and the more recent group was
examined between 1975 and 1998. A total of 9,540 individuals age 45 to 64 were evaluated. The risk attributable to diabetes was 5.2 percent in the earlier time period, compared to 7.8 percent in the later period. Most of the increased risk was observed among men.
These findings emphasize the need for increased efforts to prevent diabetes and to aggressively treat and control risk factors among those with diabetes.
Lead author of the study, Caroline Fox, M.D., is associated with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a part of the National Institutes of Health.