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Video: Largest Analysis Reveals The Dangers Of Prediabetes
Largest analysis reveals the dangers of prediabetes
Prediabetes is dangerous for the heart and blood vessels, and also increases the risk of death. But with timely diagnosis, its consequences can be mitigated.
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Prediabetes is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and death from any cause, according to a major meta-analysis published in The BMJ.
Prediabetes is said to be when a person's blood sugar is elevated, but not high enough to diagnose diabetes. This condition indicates a high risk of developing diabetes. Scientists indicate that there are at least 470 million people in the world with this condition.
In recent years, the question of the increased risk of heart disease associated with prediabetes has been raised, but scattered studies have yielded conflicting results. The new meta-analysis combined data from 129 scientific papers that covered about 10 million people. It was conducted by scientists from Southern Medical University in China.
Research has shown that prediabetes is associated with a 13% increased risk of death from any cause with a 15% increase in the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease over 10 years. Against this background, the risk of heart attacks and strokes increased. In people who already suffered from heart and vascular disease, prediabetes was associated with a 36% increased risk of death.
Scientists point out that early diagnosis of prediabetes offers a good chance of effective treatment that will prevent cardiovascular disease.