The American Heart Association (AHA) has discovered a possible link between prediabetes and heart attacks in new research.
On Monday, May 16, the cardiovascular health foundation released a statement regarding its “preliminary” findings, stating that a full report will be published in a peer-reviewed publication soon.
“Prediabetes, if left untreated, can significantly impact health and can progress to Type 2 diabetes, which is known to increase a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease,” said AHA researcher.
The AHA “focused on defining the risk factors” for young adults” for young adults, according to Resercher in the news release, “so that future scientific guidelines and health policies may be better able to address cardiovascular disease risks in relation to prediabetes.”
The American Heart Association looked examined data from the National Inpatient Sample, a public hospitalisation database. According to researchers, young adults aged 18 to 44 were responsible for 7.8 million heart attack admissions in 2018.
According to the AHA’s research, young adults who have blood sugar levels that are “are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes” are 1.7 times more likely to be hospitalised for a heart attack than their non-prediabetic peers.
According to the AHA’s analysis of inpatient hospital records, 68.1 percent of prediabetic young adult patients have high cholesterol and 48.9% are obese. However, there was no evidence of a “higher incidence” of cardiac arrest or stroke.
According to the AHA, black, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander men who were prediabetic and in their early adult years were “more likely to be” hospitalised for heart attacks.
According to the American Heart Association, over 88 million persons in the United States are prediabetic, with an estimated 29 million under the age of 45.
According to the American Heart Association, “lifestyle changes” such as weight loss and exercise can often reduce the risk of prediabetes and heart attacks.
According to the researchers, raising awareness of prediabetes tests and health checkups for young adults is “essential” because it can help “prevent or delay” the development of Type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular events.
“Our study should be considered as a foundation for future research to clearly establish heart disease burden in young adults with prediabetes, given the prevalence of prediabetes of nearly one-third of adults in the U.S.,” expert said.
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