Diabetic risk of cardiovascular events.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Diabetes (Risk factors)
Cardiovascular diseases (Complications and side effects)
Blood sugar monitoring (Methods)
Pub Date: 08/01/2010
Publication: Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815
Issue: Date: August, 2010 Source Volume: 83 Source Issue: 8
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom
Accession Number: 232716287
Full Text: Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration. Diabetes mellitus, fasting blood glucose concentration, and risk of vascular disease: a collaborative meta-analysis of 102 prospective studies. The Lancet, 2010; 375(9733): 2215-22.

Adults with diabetes face twice the risk for cardiovascular events as those without diabetes, according to a meta-analysis. Uncertainties persist about the magnitude of associations of diabetes mellitus and fasting glucose concentration with risk of coronary heart disease and major stroke subtypes. Using an international research database, analysts from the Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration combined data on nearly 700 000 adults from 102 studies that provided information on diabetes status and vascular outcomes. At baseline, 7% of participants had diabetes and no participant had previous vascular disease. During an 11-year follow up, there were almost 53 000 cardiovascular events, including fatal or non-fatal myocardial infarction, fatal or nonfatal stroke and other vascular deaths. Subjects with diabetes had roughly twice the risk for any of these outcomes as those without diabetes. The analysis has shown diabetes confers about a two-fold excess risk for coronary heart disease, major stroke subtypes and deaths attributed to other vascular causes.
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