For people living with both type 2 diabetes and heart failure, taking an aspirin each day appears to lower the risk of dying or being hospitalised for heart failure, according to new research by the American College of Cardiology. But the data also reveals that aspirin use may increase the risk of non-fatal heart attack or stroke. Dr Charbel Abi Khalil, the study’s lead author said patients should speak with their doctor to assess their benefits and risks of taking aspirin.
There is also new research published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology that shows that diabetes falls into five categories and that it is time to ditch the idea that diabetes is only split into two types. The newly classified subgroups are genetically distinct and have different levels of risk for complications.
Ways to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes
- A Plant-Based Diet: Researchers from the Clinical Sciences at Duke-NUS Medical School have found that a plant-based diet can reduce the risk of diabetes, and that a higher intake of red meat and poultry is associated with significantly increased risk of developing diabetes.
- A Fibre-Rich Diet: Research presented by the American Heart Association showed that diets high in fibre, such as wholegrains, fruit and vegetables, are associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Avoid Drinks High In Sugar: Regularly drinking sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks and juice contributes to the development of diabetes, high blood pressure and other endemic health problems, according to a review of epidemiological studies published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.