Long-Term Diabetes Triples Stroke Risk

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One of the important risk factors for stroke is diabetes. Many diabetic patients control their diabetes by mean of medication and diet. However, a tight control of blood glucose may not reduce stroke risk. Philip Gorelick MD, from Hauenstein Neuroscience Institute pointed out that associated problems such as high blood pressure and dyslipidemia are prime targets for patients with diabetes.

In addition, a new study published in the journal Stroke, found diabetes increases risk 3% each year and triples at 10 years (read more).  The disturbing news is that the age at diagnosis for diabetes is getting younger and younger because of the obesity problem among young people. It has also been found that true onset of diabetes may be 4 to 7 years earlier than clinical diagnosis. This means that the age at diagnosis for stroke will likely get younger and younger as well.

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