Stroke risk increases with diabetes


March 2, 2012 2:16:34 PM PST
A new study from the journal Stroke finds that the longer a person has diabetes, the more likely they are to have a stroke.

The study found the stroke risk increases about 3 percent for every year a person is diabetic.

After a decade the study found a person with diabetes has three times the stroke risk as someone without it.

It is still unclear whether blood sugar control lowers that risk.

Authors say the key take home message is to prevent type 2 diabetes in the first place, through avoiding obesity, increasing physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.