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Heart Risk for Diabetes ‘Less Than Previously Thought’

Diabetics are not in the same league as heart disease patients for the risk of heart attack Diabetics are not in the same league as heart disease patients for the risk of heart attack

The UK researchers found that diabetes patients were at less risk of heart attack than patients with a history of coronary heart disease, challenging the previous view that diabetics are in the same league as heart disease patients with respect to heart attack risk.

Dr Josie Evans and colleagues from Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, Scotland, carried out two studies involving more than 4,600 patients with type 2 diabetes and more than 8,700 patients with established coronary heart disease.

Risk of death from all causes, including cardiovascular death, and hospital admission for heart attacks were calculated. The researchers found that in both studies, the risk of death and hospital admission was higher in those patients who had suffered a heart attack compared to the patients with type 2 diabetes.

They said that their findings have important implications for the way doctors treat the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes. "We should be cautious about basing treatment decisions on individual risk factors for cardiovascular disease in isolation," say the researchers. The research is published in the current edition of the British Medical Journal.