Early Onset Type 1 Diabetes Tied to Heart Disease

Early Onset Type 1 Diabetes Tied to Heart Disease

By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with type 1 diabetes have a much greater risk of serious heart problems and early death, especially if they were diagnosed before age 10, new research suggests.

But the study only found an association, and didn’t prove cause and effect.

More than 27,000 type 1 diabetics in Sweden were followed for an average of 10 years. The patients were compared with a control group of more than 135,000 people without diabetes.


Type 1 diabetes is the second most common chronic disease in children and the incidence of the disease has risen 3 percent a year since the 1980s among kids aged 14 and younger.

In an accompanying editorial, Marina Basina and David Maahs of Stanford University, in California, predicted the findings would lead to increased emphasis on heart-disease prevention in people with early onset type 1 diabetes.

“Practitioners need a stronger evidence base, including confirmatory reports from other registries and clinical trials, to clarify proper therapy and translate research findings to care guidelines and clinical practice to improve mortality and cardiovascular disease outcomes for individuals with type 1 diabetes,” they wrote.

Basina is a clinical associate professor of endocrinology, gerontology and metabolism. Maahs is a professor of pediatrics and division chief of pediatric endocrinology at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

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SOURCE:The Lancet, news release, Aug. 9, 2018

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