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Long Term Diabetics Thrice as Likely to Have a Stroke

Wed, 07 Mar 2012

Those who have had for ten years or more are thrice as likely to have a stroke, in comparison to non diabetics .

This is the first study of its kind which examines whether or not the length of time a man or woman has type 2 diabetes affects the risk of ischemic stroke, the most common kind of stroke caused by blocked blood flow to the brain.

Even though stroke rates have been dropping altogether, the increase in diabetes over the same time period could lead to a higher overall stroke burden in the future.

Part of the Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS) involved the monitoring of 3,298 people who had not had a stroke. By the end of the study, 22 per cent of the participants had type 2 diabetes at the beginning of the study. After nine years the follow-up showed that another ten per cent had developed diabetes.

The researchers confirmed that the risk of stroke increased 70 per cent in diabetics who had had the condition for less than five years; 80 per cent in those how had had diabetes for five to ten years; and three-fold in those who had had diabetes for ten years or more.
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