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Study: Long-term Exposure to Diabetes Increases Stroke Risk

Study: Long-term Exposure to Diabetes Increases Stroke Risk

(ePhamraNews) – Losing some weight, playing sports and following a healthy diet can prevent you from joining 285 million persons with diabetes, or at least delay it, as prolonged diabetes can increase the risk of having stroke regardless of blood sugar levels, according to a new study.

The study, which was published in Stroke on March, 1st, concluded that having diabetes for more than 10 years can triple the risk of stroke.

A team of researchers from Columbia University led by Dr. Mitchell Elkind did a study on 3298 persons of different ethnicities from both sexes. Participants were followed for 9 years and any new-onset diabetes or stroke events were documented.

The results showed a clear link between the duration of diabetes and the risk of stroke, which increased 3% a year and reached three-folds from the baseline after 10 years of having diabetes.

The study has major implications for scientists as it means that early cases of diabetes, which is getting increasingly common, will lead to early cases of strokes.

"We used to think of Type 2 diabetes as a disease people get when they are older, after a lifetime of poor dietary habits," said the lead author. "But the age at diagnosis is getting younger and younger because of the obesity problem among young people."
He added: "If how long a person has diabetes matters, young people with a long history of diabetes are more likely to develop complications earlier in life. It's possible that people with diabetes may start having strokes at a younger age."

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