Risk of Stroke Doubles with Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis

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Here’s some motivational health news for readers who have adopted an organic diet to help combat Type 2 diabetes: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with the disease, you have a 200% increased risk of having a stroke, compared to those without diabetes.

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Canadian researchers at the University of Alberta found the risk of stroke is considered high within the first five years of treatment for Type 2 diabetes and more than doubles the rate of strokes.

For this study, the researchers entered 12,272 subjects into a Type 2 diabetes cohort. All subjects were recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and had a mean age of 64 years. After five years of monitoring, stroke incidence rates were compared between the cohort and the general population.

“What we found is that 9.1% of the diabetes cohort had a stroke within the first five years of their diagnosis,” says Thomas Jeerakathil, MD, an assistant professor of neurology. “We also found that, compared to persons from the general population of a similar age, the relative risk for stroke was much greater in younger persons with diabetes than for older persons.”

Dr. Jeerakathil indicates it’s possible physicians are undertreating stroke risks because of a prevailing attitude among doctors and patients that the cardiovascular complications of diabetes occur long after diagnosis, rather than in the first five years.

“We hope our findings will help to dispel the notion that the risk of stroke occurs only in the long term and will improve the motivation of both patients and healthcare providers to aggressively control cardiovascular risk factors soon after diagnosis,” he says.

The research recently appeared in the American Heart Association’s Stroke journal.

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