Study: Diabetes may independently lead to heart failure
They also assessed the deaths in a community population, controlling for hypertension, coronary artery disease and diastolic function. The researchers matched 116 study participants with diabetes were compared for age, hypertension, sex, coronary artery disease, and heart relaxation dysfunction, with 232 participants without diabetes.
Over the 10-year follow-up period, they found that nearly a fifth of the participants with diabetes developed heart failure, independent of other causes, compared to only 12 per cent of patients without diabetes who developed heart failure. According to the study, cardiac death, heart attack and stroke were not statistically different between the two groups.