Even as the world grapples with the rise in diabetes and obesity, research indicates that diabetics have a 50 percent increased risk of dying from the effects of a heart attack.

Findings from the University of Leeds in England indicate people with diabetes are 56 percent more likely to have died through a ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attack, where the coronary artery gets completely blocked. The risk is 39 percent greater for diabetics than non-diabetics for death from a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) heart attack, in which the blockage is only partial.

The key doctors suggest is to battle diabetes through exercise and diet. “Managing diabetes effectively can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This includes eating healthily, keeping active and taking medications as prescribed by your doctor,” Anna Morris, Head of Research Funding at Diabetes UK, is quoted as saying in a report on the research.

On the 2016 World Health Day, the WHO named diabetes the major battle for health professionals around the world. A fifth of the world’s population is expected to be in the throes of diabetes by 2025, according to research, which puts a massive number of people at increased risk of heart attack-related deaths. Recent research has indicated that plant-based or whole-grain diets reduce the risk of diabetes itself.

Changing diet to help stop diabetes in its tracks should be the primary focus for those who are not diabetic. For diabetics, the need is to ensure enough exercise and physical activity, which helps improve the body’s metabolic processes and leads to the shedding of excess calories, which may be contributing to the diabetes symptoms. Studies have also suggested that diabetes affects the grey matter volume in teen patients, particularly in parts of the brain that control vision, hearing, speech, memory, emotions, self-control and decision making.


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