Type 2 Diabetes

Latest Research

Every week our cardiologists review the most recent advances in cardiovascular medicine and select news to share with you. Here you will find summaries of some of the latest research news about type 2 diabetes. Share these articles with your friends and family via social media, print items you’d like to discuss with your care team, or add them to your toolbox to read later.

Measuring Calcium Build-Up Helps Predict Risk for Heart Disease

New risk calculations include coronary artery calcification in addition to factors like age, cholesterol, blood pressure and smoking status.

Coronary Artery Calcium Helps Identify Patients Eligible for Statins

Calcium build-up in the heart’s main arteries helps identify individuals most in need of the cholesterol-lowering medication.

Risk of Sudden Death Very Low in Children Born with Heart Defects

Sudden cardiac death is very rare in children with heart defects and rarely occurs during physical activity.

Blacks Have Shorter Life Expectancy After Heart Attack Than Whites

The largest gaps in life expectancy among study participants occurred in higher income areas.
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Providers and Patients Miss the Mark in Referrals and Participation in Cardiac Rehab

Even when heart attack patients are referred to cardiac rehabilitation, few complete the program.

Impact of Global Food System on Heart Health

Experts say our food supply has taken a toll on global cardiovascular health.

Trans Fats Especially From Dairy and Meat Safe in Small Quantities

Despite concerns about trans fats and increased cardiovascular risk, study confirms trans fats are safe in small quantities.

Preschool Program Instills Healthy Habits in Young Children

Experts hope encouraging healthy habits early on will help improve heart health in adulthood.

Longer, But Not Necessarily Healthier, Lives

While life expectancy continues to rise, heart disease becomes the leading cause of disability around the world.

Diabetes Remains a Major Health Concern in the U.S.

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or are at risk for developing this disease.

Moderate Exercise Helps Ward Off Heart Failure

Walking or biking just 20 minutes a day cuts heart failure risk by more than 20%.

Screening Children for Genetic Disorder That Causes High Cholesterol

Universal cholesterol screenings in Slovenia help identify children at risk for familial hypercholesterolemia.

Deep Belly Fat Increases Cardiovascular Risk

Study finds that both volume and type of belly fat have an impact on heart health.

Age and Gender Differences in Heart Disease Mortality Rates

Despite recent drops in cardiovascular mortality rates, death toll among young adults remains high.

Working Long Hours Increases Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

Working 55 hours or more a week increases stroke risk by 33%.

Flu Vaccine Reduces Risk for Heart Attack

A review of 16 recent studies suggests the flu vaccine offers heart protection even for adults without known heart disease. 

Minorities Less Likely to Call 911 After Stroke

Despite recommendations to call 911 at the first sign of stroke, minorities are less likely to seek immediate medical assistance than whites.

Blood Pressure and Cognitive Function in Elderly Adults

Stopping blood pressure medication has little effect on brain function in elderly adults, says study.

Depression and Bipolar Disorder Increase Heart Disease Risk in Teens

Experts encourage early heart disease screenings.

Southern Diet Strongly Linked to Heart Disease

Excessive sugar and saturated fats are to blame for the negative impact on heart health.

Obese Patients More Likely to Receive Preventive Meds

This study investigates the link between obesity, medications to help mitigate heart disease risk, and what is known as the “obesity paradox.”

Helping Patients with Diabetes Improve Their Heart Health

Recent statement from the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association highlights the importance of heart disease prevention in patients with diabetes.

Economic and Social Forces Have Big Impact on Heart Health

The American Heart Association has issued a scientific statement addressing social factors that influence risk for heart disease.

Air Pollution and Heat Hinder Recovery in Cardiac Rehab

Physical activity is an important part of cardiac rehab, but environmental factors may restrict exercise capacity.

Enlarged Heart Linked to Atrial Fibrillation

The largest study of its kind confirms that an enlarged heart increases risk for a common condition involving an irregular heartbeat.