Navigation Links
Preventing or reducing enlarged heart may decrease risk for diabetes

NEW YORK (Oct. 31, 2007) -- High-blood-pressure patients treated for enlarged heart (left ventricular hypertrophy, LVH) who have regression or prevention of LVH may also have a better chance of preventing diabetes. Led by physician-scientists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the research is published in the November Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association (AHA).

An estimated 20 percent of all high-blood-pressure patients, or 12 million Americans, have LVH and are at increased risk of developing diabetes.

The study reports a 38-percent reduced risk of developing diabetes for high-blood-pressure patients who demonstrated regression of LVH during treatment for high blood pressure, with a 26-percent reduced risk after adjusting for other risk factors for diabetes. The reduction in risk of diabetes was independent of treatment type and of the degree of blood pressure change in this population.

"A healthy heart is a prerequisite for the health of the body as a whole. Our previous research has shown that treating enlarged heart in high-blood-pressure patients reduces the risk for a variety of cardiovascular conditions. This new study finds an important new benefit -- namely a better chance of avoiding diabetes among patients who exhibit a reduction of their hypertrophy during treatment," says the study's principal investigator, Dr. Peter Okin, director of clinical affairs and professor of medicine in the Greenberg Division of Cardiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell.

An editorial about the study in the journal notes that "the study by Okin et al extends our knowledge and understanding of the importance of LVH reversal by showing the beneficial metabolic effects of treatment-induced regression of LVH in a large series of patients with hypertensive heart disease."

Unfortunately, for high-blood-pressure patients who already have diabetes, high blood pressure treatment is less effective at reducing their LVH compared to patients without diabetes. In addition, regression of LVH in hypertensive patients with diabetes does not appear to be associated with a reduction in cardiovascular events, according to a 2006 study by Dr. Okin and colleagues, making prevention of diabetes in patients with hypertension an important goal.


Contact: Andrew Klein
New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College

Related medicine news :

1. Preventing mental decline in the aged
2. Preventing white coat hypertension
3. Green tea beneficial in preventing osteoarthritis
4. Preventing Childhood Deaths
5. Preventing Vision Loss
6. Preventing Vision Loss
7. Preventing Colorectal Cancer
8. Preventing Prostate Cancer
9. Lycopene Can Help In Preventing Prostate Cancer
10. Heart Drug Also Effective In Preventing Specific Causes Of Death
11. Preventing cavities in children
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 2015 , ... MOSI recently added two state-of-the-art augmented reality (AR) experiences from ... to their collection of interactive exhibits within the Kids In Charge! building. In collaboration ... to get closer than ever to a range of animals as they drink, sleep ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 2015 , ... The world of hair transplants and restoration is filled with ... and procedures have been in use for many years and are among the most ... M.D. has utilized many of these methods over the years, he also keeps an ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 30, 2015 , ... On Saturday, October 24th, 2015, at the Mill Race ... event, a 5K walk known as “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”. Patients and staff ... also located in Battle Creek, joined in for this campaign that sought to raise ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 2015 , ... The presidential race normally deals with political issues of national ... national news story when Donald Trump makes disparaging remarks about Hillary Clinton’s hairstyle? It ... anyone wants to admit when it comes to how people are viewed by others. ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... According to an ... Decker made a brave but slightly unusual choice to show her Instagram followers that ... pre-pregnancy form may have been pre-mature. Saying that she didn’t “want to mislead any ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... 2015 --> --> ... Market by Product (Soft Tissue, All Tissue, Dental Welding Lasers), ... and Geography - Global Forecast to 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, ... a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period from 2015 ... and 62 Figures spread through 167 P ages and ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ORMP ), a clinical-stage ... delivery systems, announced today it has signed definitive licensing ... of Technologies Co., Ltd. ("HTIT") for exclusive rights to ... China , Hong Kong ... signed at the Israel Knesset (Parliament). ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015   Nuance Communications, Inc. ... National Decision Support Company (NDSC) today jointly announced ... collaboration capabilities that utilize the American College of Radiology,s ... provider organizations to comply with current and emerging ... --> By combining clinical decision support, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: