Researchers gathered in Germany to talk about their latest findings on diabetes and heart health.
The main discovery? People without diabetes and those with type 2 diabetes are now more likely to survive a heart attack than before.
But for people with type 1 diabetes, the survival rates haven’t changed much. Dr. Linn Glynn and her team from Stockholm, Sweden, led this research.
For a long time, doctors have known that if you have diabetes, your chances of having a bad time after a heart attack are higher than if you don’t have diabetes.
However, recent studies showed that people with diabetes are doing a bit better these days when it comes to heart problems. But no one had looked closely at how people with different types of diabetes fare after their first heart attack.
What’s New: The Numbers Tell the Story
To fill this gap, Dr. Glynn and her team checked the health records of many people who had their first heart attack between 2006 and 2020.
They found 2,527 people with type 1 diabetes, 48,321 people with type 2 diabetes, and 243,170 people without diabetes.
They wanted to see if these people were living longer and having fewer heart issues after their heart attack compared to the past.
They found out that people with type 1 diabetes were generally younger and more often women. After keeping track of these people and considering factors like age, other health problems, and medicine, the researchers saw some trends.
People without diabetes saw their yearly death rates drop by 1.9%, and those with type 2 diabetes had a 1.3% drop. However, for people with type 1 diabetes, there was no change.
Similar trends were observed for other heart-related issues. So, it seems like medical advancements are helping some groups more than others.
Why Does This Matter?
The big question is, why? One explanation might be that people with type 1 diabetes have lived with the condition longer and have higher average blood sugar levels.
This could make them more at risk for heart issues. But the doctors expected to see improvement across all groups because treatments for heart attack patients have gotten better over the years.
It’s unclear why the advances in treatment are not helping people with type 1 diabetes as much. But this study highlights the need for more research.
There’s something we’re missing about how type 1 diabetes impacts heart health, and finding out what that is could save lives.
In short, the study reveals that while we’ve made progress in treating heart attacks, especially for people without diabetes and those with type 2 diabetes, we’ve got more work to do for those with type 1 diabetes.
The researchers think it’s really important to figure out why people with type 1 diabetes aren’t benefiting from the same improvements, so they can get the help they need.
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