Oxford scientists have found the first sign that many patients with type 2 diabetes have something wrong with their hearts which has previously been undetected.
More than 90 per cent of all diabetics have type 2 diabetes, and researchers studying a group of type 2 diabetics with no apparent heart problems discovered that their hearts were actually working significantly less efficiently than non-diabetic individuals.
Professor Kieran Clarke led the study at Oxford. "We used a method that was able to identify faults in the heart not detectable by any of the usual tests,” she explained. “This method involved the use of a magnetic resonance scanner to measure energy levels in the heart. What we found was that type 2 diabetic patients have lower energy levels in their heart before this affects cardiovascular function. Put simply, their hearts just dont have as much energy as a non-diabetic persons – they are less powerful engines."
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