The extent to which diabetes is increasing amongst older patients suffering heart failure is alarming, with diabetes a significant extra death risk factor amongst this sector. The findings are published in the American Journal of Medicine, and highlight the need for tighter control of diabetes.
Experts at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota carried out the study . They analysed a random group of over 650 people who had been diagnosed with heart failure between 1979 and 1999. Those patients who also had diabetes tended to be younger and weigh more. Heart failure and diabetes significantly lowered chances of survival, from 46 per cent to 37 per cent for those with the condition as well as heart failure.
The experts conducting the study called for aggressive evaluation and treatment of heart failure through diabetes awareness and treatment methods.
Diabetes is a significant global healthcare problem, with many advanced stage diabetic patients suffering hospitalisation due to their diabetes-related complications. These can include retinopathy, neuropathy, kidney disease, and heart disease. By strictly managing diabetes at an early stage and throughout, major complications can be averted or their impact reduced.

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