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Undiagnosed Diabetes

Posted on 06/10/2014

Did you know that as many as one in 10 heart attack patients also have undiagnosed diabetes?

It’s true, according to a new study that was recently presented at an American Heart Association (AHA) meeting last week.

So, what’s the connection between diabetes and heart disease? They often go hand-in-hand, due to the same lifestyle factors.

It starts with diagnosing diabetes with those who have it and who have had a heart attack and understanding the role diabetes plays in heart disease, according to researchers.

Identifying and treating diabetes early is key in preventing further complications from heart disease. Lifestyle modifications including diet, weight loss, exercise, and necessary medications are critical in prevention and management of the disease.

Another reason to diagnose diabetes at the time of a heart attack, according to the study, is to help guide the type of treatment the patient needs to help his cardiovascular health.

According to the AHA, two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease.

How common is diabetes?

Diabetes in the U.S. today is prevalent, data from the Center for Disease Control shows 29 million people now have diabetes and as many as 25 percent of those people are undiagnosed. While another 79 million people in the U.S. have pre-diabetes, according to the AHA.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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