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Diabetics May Have Symptomless Heart Disorder

Even diabetics who keep their condition under control and don't have any obvious symptoms of heart disease may be at risk for hidden heart problems, researchers in Canada report. In this study, 60% of men aged 38 to 67 with well-controlled type 2 diabetes had a heart disorder called left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD).

LVDD is an impairment in the relaxation phase of the heart's left ventricle, the main pumping chamber. This can lead to increased pressure and fluids in the lungs or in vessels that return blood to the heart and may be the first sign of diabetes-related heart damage.

Evaluation of 46 diabetic men in the study revealed they not have any obvious signs of heart disease. "The major finding of this study is that LVDD is much more prevalent than previously suggested in subjects with type 2 diabetes who are free of clinically detectable heart disease," the authors concluded.

The findings suggest that heart function should be evaluated soon after type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, even when there are no apparent signs of heart disease. In addition, this study suggests that simply "controlling" diabetes is not sufficient to prevent LVDD. In other words, you want to remove the underlying causes of your diabetes, in addition to controlling blood sugar fluctuations. That Connecticut Center for Health has developed a comprehensive natural therapy program specifically targeted to remove the controllable causes of diabetes.

If you have diabetes or are "pre-diabetic", consult with one of our physicians about reducing your risk of diabetes and LVDD.

To find out more, read our web page on diabetes.

SOURCE: Diabetes Care 2000;24:5-10.