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Diabetes Drugs Dramatically Reducing Heart Failure

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By    |   Thursday, 07 November 2019 09:53 AM

New research from Kaiser Permanente reveals shocking findings about the rampant rise in deaths due to heart failure — but one noted cardiologist says that certain diabetes drugs may save many lives.

The Kaiser Permanente research paints a grim picture:

"The United States is now experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of older people dying from heart disease and especially from heart failure," said lead author Stephen Sydney, M.D., senior research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. "This research underscores the importance of focusing on heart health in the population of people over 65, which grew by 10 million between 2011 and 2017 and is projected to increase by another 22 million by 2030."

The research was published in JAMA Cardiology.

About one in eight deaths from heart disease in America has heart failure as the underlying cause.

But noted cardiologist Dr. Matthew Budoff, professor of medicine at UCLA and endowed chair of preventive cardiology, says that scientists are finding that new diabetes agents may reduce the incidence of heart failure by 35%.

"These are the new SGLT-2 inhibitors such as canagliflozin, empagliflozin, and dapagliflozin, all of which have shown significant reduction," Budoff tells Newsmax. "Dapagliflozin has shown benefits in persons with and without diabetes at baseline. Either way, the older population will likely have a high prevalence of diabetes and can be on these medications."

According to JAMA Cardiology, here are some ways you can prevent heart failure:

  • Exercise. Regular activity and maintaining a healthy body weight are key ingredients to preventing heart failure. This means exercising a minimum of 5 days a week for 30-60 minutes.
  • Follow a healthy diet. Focus on fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid processed, sugary foods. Include whole grains and fatty fish and limit red meat.
  • Treat high blood pressure. Hypertension is a major risk factor for the development of heart failure. Experts recommend that people who are at risk for heart disease should aim for a level of 120/80.
  • Control diabetes. Type 2 diabetes predisposes a person to the development of heart failure, so treating your diabetes to lower blood glucose with diet, exercise, and certain antidiabetic medications under the care of a physician can significantly lower your risk.
  • Maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Cholesterol buildup in the arteries that supply the heart with blood can result in heart attacks, which damage the heart muscle. This is another leading cause of heart failure. It's important to follow the advice of your cardiologist to lower your risk of heart attacks and subsequent heart failure.
  • Avoid smoking. According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the best things you can do for your heart is to stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke. The chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels as well as reduce the oxygen in your blood, which increases heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Get good quality sleep. A lack of sleep can do more than make you tired and irritable, it can increase your risk of high blood pressure and heart attack. Aim for at least seven hours of sleep nightly.

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