Newly Diagnosed Diabetics and Young Adults with Diabetes Have Higher Stroke

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Diabetics and Stroke

Diabetes is a leading risk factor for stroke, especially among newly diagnosed adults with type 2 diabetes and diabetic adults who are younger than age 55, according to two new studies presented today at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2006.

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Canadian researchers report that patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have double the rate of stroke of the general population (Abstract P115).

"One would think that the consequences of diabetes would occur over a long period, but we found that new-onset diabetics have double the rate of stroke in the first five years after diagnosis as the general population," said Thomas Jeerakathil, M.D., lead author of the study and assistant professor of medicine and neurology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

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