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Diabetes May Increase Hospitalization, Mortality Risk More For Women With HF Than Men, Researchers Say

Medwire News (7/4, McDermid) reported, “Registry data support a larger impact of diabetes on hospitalization and mortality risk in women than men with heart failure,” researchers concluded after having “assessed data from 3,162 people with HF, 30.8% of whom had diabetes, along with a more unfavorable cardiovascular risk profile than people without diabetes.” The study “found that people who had diabetes were more likely to be admitted to hospital or to die of any cause than those who did not, but this was significant only in women, with rates of 49.7% and 45.0%, respectively, giving a 43.0% risk increase after accounting for confounders.” The findings were published online in Diabetic Medicine.

Dental professionals can find information on diabetes on an ADA Science Institute-developed Oral Health Topics page. In January, ADA Science Institute researchers published a paper exploring the number of additional individuals with prediabetes or diabetes who could be identified if diabetes risk assessments were conducted in the dental care setting. In addition, the ADA offers the online course Diabetes and the Dental Professional and the Diabetes and Your Oral Health brochure.

Dentists can refer patients to MouthHealthy.org, ADA’s consumer website, for information on diabetes. JADA For the Patient also includes the articles, Can Diabetes Affect My Oral Health?, Diabetes and Oral Health, and Diabetes: Tips for Good Oral Health

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