Heart attack risk is higher in diabetics, says Diabetes Society

Diabetes is one of the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, points out the Brazilian Society of Diabetes (SBD). Data released by the entity indicate that a diabetic woman may be up to 50% more likely to suffer a heart attack than another without the disease. On the other hand, in the case of diabetic men, the risk can reach 40%.

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It is estimated that 21.5 million Brazilians will have diabetes in 2030, according to the Diabetes Atlas of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). The number draws attention to the potential risk of heart disease, such as myocardial infarction.

“Diabetes is caused by insufficient production or malabsorption of insulin and the accumulation of glucose in the blood, which can lead to damage to the heart. Platelets, the blood cells that initiate blood clots, also become more adherent in patients with diabetes. This increases the probability of obstruction in the arteries”, explains endocrinologist Denise Reis Franco.

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