Cardiovascular Health Plays Key Role In Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Cardiovascular Health Plays Key Role In Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Cardiovascular health plays key role in type 2 diabetes risk. A new study examined the association between good cardiovascular health (CVH) and its effect on preventing type 2 diabetes (T2D) among middle-aged individuals.

The research shows that middle-aged adults with a healthy heart have a reduced risk of developing T2D. A good CVH cuts the risk of developing T2D among middle-aged individuals.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that diabetes affects more than 34 million people in the United States and approximately 90–95% of these individuals have T2D.

The results are published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

Previous studies have shown that cardiovascular risk factors have a strong association with the risk for T2D.

The new study involved 5,993 participants without T2D. The average age of the participants was 69 years, and 58% were women. 

“However, data on the lifetime risk of incident T2D across different CVH categories was scarce,” Lead study author Dr. Fariba Ahmadizar, Ph.D. said. “More importantly, the impact of genetic predisposition on the lifetime risk of incident T2D associated with CVH was unknown, so this prompted our research into cardiovascular health, genetic predisposition, and lifetime risk of T2D,” she added.

Overall research found that favorable CVH health is most important in preventing T2D among middle-aged individuals.

The lifetime risk of T2D was 23.5%, 33.7%, and 38.7% for the ideal, intermediate, and poor CVH groups, respectively among those in the high genetic risk group, the researchers found.