Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: Prediabetes and CVD Relationship Vary by Ethnicity

Recent studies have shown that prediabetes is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD), although the relationship varies based on ethnicity. Researchers examined associations between coronary heart disease, stroke, and prediabetes among approximately 2,500 people. About half of these participants were South Asian while the other half consisted of Europeans. The authors then examined the incidence of stroke and coronary heart disease by hospital admissions, death certifications, patient reporting, and medical record review.

While the study found an association between stroke risk and prediabetes among the South Asian participants; the same association was not found with European participants. These findings showed that associations between prediabetes and CVD differ when it comes to ethnicity.

This research was published in Diabetes Care on October 20, 2015.