Delaying onset of type 2 diabetes by 6 years or more significantly lowers risk of heart disease

New Delhi, June 10, 2019 :

healthysoch : People with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) may significantly lower their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and microvascular disease by delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes (T2D) by six years or more, or by returning to a normal level of glucose tolerance altogether, according to the study presented today at the ongoing 79th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in San Francisco.

  • Among the 252 adults who had developed diabetes, 65.6% developed CVD and 44.3% developed microvascular disease.
  • Among the 114 who continued to have IGT, 50.6% developed CVD and 31.2% developed microvascular disease
  • Among the 174 who reverted to normal glucose tolerance, 46.1% developed CVD and 23.1% developed microvascular disease.

Overall, those with IGT who developed diabetes had a 69% higher incidence of CVD and a 150% higher incidence of microvascular disease.

The study concluded that delaying the onset of diabetes in people with IGT by six years or more resulted in lower rates of complications and reduces the development of both CVD and microvascular disease.

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