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Complications of Diabetes

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Heart disease is one of the most prevalent complications of diabetes. Factually, the American Heart Association figures approximate cardiovascular ailment and stroke being the duo accountable for 2/3rds to 3/4ths of fatalities among diabetics.

Although all individuals having diabetes are at an augmented risk of developing cardiovascular disease, it appears to have greater commonality in people having type 2 diabetes.

A research by Framingham was the foremost one that furnishes proof showing that diabetics had greater susceptibility to heart ailment as compared to non-diabetics. The study did an examination of individuals inclusive of diabetics and tried ascertaining the risk factors that led to development of heart disease. Study investigators found that several health risk factors, inclusive of diabetes could raise the chances of getting heart disease. Apart from diabetes, other health conditions linked with cardiovascular ailment comprise of hypertension, elevated bad cholesterol levels, smoking and a family case history of early cardiovascular ailment.

Greater the risk factors that an individual had for cardiovascular ailment, more the likelihood that they would be developing heart ailment and even facing fatality due to it. Similar to others, diabetics possess a heightened risk of fatality due to cardiovascular ailment in case they had greater risk factors. But, the likelihood of death due to heart ailment is drastically more in diabetics. Hence, even as an individual having a single health risk factor like hypertension might have definite chances of heart ailment related death, a diabetic’s risk of facing fatality would be two-folds to four-folds.

For instance, a scientific research showed that diabetics with no other risk factors for cardiovascular disease had a five-fold greater likelihood of heart disease-related death as compared to those people without diabetes. Another scientific research highlighting the complications of diabetes showed that diabetics irrespective of the number of cardiovascular risk aspects had a similar likelihood of experiencing a heart attack as a person without diabetes who has had earlier episode of heart attacks.

Complications of Diabetes – What causes Heart Disease in diabetics?

The prevalent reason for cardiovascular ailment among diabetics is due to coronary arteries that harden (a condition known as atherosclerosis- cholesterol accruement in the blood vessels supplying nutrients and oxygenated blood to the heart).

Cholesterol accruement generally commences prior to the augment in blood glucose which develops in case of type 2 diabetes. Thus, cardiovascular ailment in most scenarios would have already developed before type 2 diabetes has been diagnosed.

The rupturing of cholesterol build-up leads to blood clot formations and blockage in the blood vessels which could cause heart attack. The analogous could transpire in arteries of the body that results in blood deficit to the brain leading to stroke or poor blood supply to the upper and lower extremities of the body which causes peripheral vascular disease.

Being diabetic not just augments risk of developing cardiovascular ailment but also increases the chances of heart failure, a grave condition occurring due to incapability of the heart in pumping adequate amount of blood leading to fluid accumulation in the lungs causing respiratory distress or fluid accruement in other body areas (particularly leg area) causing edema or swelling.

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