A new study has claimed that men with type 2 diabetes and no history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) who are being treated with insulin to manage their condition are at a higher risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke than those who have a history of CVD.
The research, carried out at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Bosto, examined data from 64,000 men and women to assess the impact of diabetes on cardiovascular events, showing that after four years the risk of major cardiovascular events rose incrementally in diabetics being treated with diet only, oral diabetes medications or insulin.
The men with type 2 diabetes that were treated with insulin but had no prior CVD were revealed to be especially at risk, with an accelerated rate of new cardiovascular events as compared with females. Those patients with diabetes and did not take insulin and those with both diabetes and CVD were not shown to have any gender-risk differences.
The report suggested that male patients with type 2 diabetes were at a 70 per cent greater risk from a first cardiovascular event as compared with those men who have a known history of CVD having a recurrent event.
Lead researcher Jacob Udell said “Given that the number of patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes requiring insulin continues to increase, these patients require diligent cardiovascular risk factor management to potentially avoid a first cardiovascular event.”

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