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  • Diabetes increases risk of stroke 2- to 4-fold

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    Tuesday, June 01, 2004 3:00 am Email this article
    "Diabetes is a strong risk factor for ischemic stroke," according to a population study from the University of Minnesota.

    (Ischemic stroke is the most common kind of stroke, caused by an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain as from a clot blocking a blood vessel.)

    After adjusting for age, sex, race, community, smoking, and education level, the relative risk of ischemic stroke was:

    After adjusting for additional risk factors the relative risk of ischemic stroke was:

    The study followed 12,000 adults, aged 45- to 64-years-old, for 6 to 8 years.


    Folsom A, Rasmussen M, Chambless L, Howard G, Cooper L, Schmidt M, Heiss G. Prospective associations of fasting insulin, body fat distribution, and diabetes with risk of ischemic stroke. the atherosclerosis risk in communities (aric) study investigators. Diabetes Care. 1999 Jul, 22(7):1077-83.

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