Heart Attack Ups Risk of Type 2 Diabetes


By: Linda von Wartburg

A study published in the August 2007 Lancet examined 8291 Italians who'd recently had a heart attack. Three years later, a full third of them had developed either type 2 diabetes or impairedfasting glucose.

The findings underscore the close relationship between heart attack and high blood sugar, each of which is apparently a risk factor for the other.

The researchers also found that three changes – quitting smoking, not gaining weight, and eating a Mediterranean diet – substantially lower the increased risk of diabetes that follows a heart attack.

Sources: EurekAlert



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