Diabetes Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke

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Diabetes Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke

Making an immensely imperative and shocking disclosure, a recently conducted study, which was carried out by a team of researchers involved in the Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS), has claimed that people who were down due to diabetes for the last decade or so are at highly elevated risk of facing as much as thrice the risk of falling prey to stroke, as compared to people who are non-diabetics.

While carrying out the Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS), researchers tracked in excess of 3,298 individuals (aged 69 in general) who never suffered a stroke, while 22% of them had type 2 diabetes.

The findings of the research, as per S. V. Elkind, heavily emphasise on the chronic character of diabetes and also stress on the fact that it holds enormous potential in terms of damaging blood vessels of patients over a period of time.

While expressing his opinion in this regard, along with mentioning what all consequences the rapidly increasing association between diabetes and heart attacks can have on diabetics in the time to follow, the lead researchers of the study, associate chairman of neurology at the clinical research and training division at Columbia University, Mitchell S. V. Elkind, said: "Although stroke rates have been declining overall, the increase in diabetes incidence over the same period may lead to a higher overall stroke burden in the future".

During the course of the study, which has been made available in the recent edition of the Stroke, the researchers successfully examined whether or not the duration of time for which an individual is suffering from type 2 diabetes holds any kind of relevance in increasing the odds of a ischemic stroke which, as per the finds of the study, is the most common form of stroke inspired by a blockage of blood flow to the patient's brain.


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