Diabetes Health in The News: Congenital Heart Disease Increases Adult Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Researchers have recently found that patients over 30 years old with congenital heart disease are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This Danish study analyzed about 5,150 individuals born between 1963-1980 who lived with congenital heart disease until  30 years old.

Findings from this study showed that adults with heart disease, in particular, cyanotic congenital heart disease, were at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than adults with acyanotic congenital heart disease. However, both groups had a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes overall when compared to the general population.

These findings were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association on July 8, 2016.


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