Young adults with prediabetes may have a higher risk of heart attack

New research from the American Heart Association (AHA) has found a potential link between prediabetes and heart attacks.

The heart health nonprofit issued a press release about its “preliminary” findings on Monday, May 16, and noted that a full article will be published in a peer-reviewed journal in the near future.

“Prediabetes, if left untreated, can have a significant impact on health and can progress to type 2 diabetes, which is known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Dr Akhil Jain, AHA researcher and resident physician at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Darby, Pennsylvania.

Jain said in the press release that the AHA “has focused on defining risk factors” for young adults, “so that future science and health policy guidelines are better able to address the risks of cardiovascular diseases linked to prediabetes”.

The AHA analyzed health records from the National Inpatient Sample – a public database of hospitalizations. Researchers reportedly found that 7.8 million heart attack hospitalizations from 2018 were linked to young adults between the ages of 18 and 44.

Prediabetic young adults, who are defined as having blood sugar levels ‘higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes’, are 1.7 times more likely to be hospitalized for a heart attack than their peers non-prediabetics, according to AHA research.

A study from the American Heart Association indicates that there may be a link between prediabetes and heart attacks.
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Hospital patient records analyzed by the AHA also revealed that 68.1% of prediabetic young adults had high cholesterol and 48.9% were considered obese. However, there was no observable “higher incidence” of cardiac arrest or stroke.

According to the AHA, black, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander men considered prediabetic and in the young adult age range were “more likely to be” hospitalized for heart attacks.

The AHA has reported that about 88 million American adults are prediabetic and about 29 million are under the age of 45.

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The study found that prediabetic young adults are 1.7 times more likely to suffer a heart attack.
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According to the AHA, the risk of prediabetes and heart attack can usually be reduced through “lifestyle changes,” including weight loss and exercise.

In a statement, Jain said it was “critical to raise awareness” of prediabetes screenings and checkups for young adults, as it can help “prevent or delay” the development of type 2 diabetes, seizures cardiac and other associated cardiovascular events.

“Our study should be considered a foundation for future research to clearly establish the burden of heart disease in young adults with prediabetes, given the prevalence of prediabetes in nearly one-third of adults in the United States” , did he declare.

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