Diabetics 'more likely to experience a heart attack'

11 December 2012

People who suffer from the long-term condition diabetes are 50 per cent more likely to suffer from a heart attack than those who do not have it.

This was one of the key findings of the National Diabetes Audit, which also revealed that 65 per cent of people with diabetes are at an increased risk of heart failure.

The comprehensive survey, which analysed data from almost two million people, shows that more needs to be done to address this and was described by Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, as shocking.

"It is a tragedy that a large proportion of these thousands of extra heart attacks could have been prevented simply through better education, treatment and care," she expanded.

"We hope this report spurs the NHS into action to improve the current situation where fewer than half of people with diabetes meet the recommended cholesterol levels, and a significant minority are not even having it measured."

Diabetes is caused by there being too much glucose in the blood and affects around 2.9 million people in the UK. The main symptoms include feeling lethargic, thirsty, experiencing weight loss and having to urinate frequently.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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