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National Charity Partnership comments on new research highlighting increased risk of heart attack death for those with diabetes

People with diabetes have a higher risk of dying following a heart attack than those without the condition, according to new research.

Diabetes is already known to increase the risk of developing heart and circulatory disease as well as other health conditions.

The research was funded by the British Heart Foundation, which is working with Diabetes UK as part of their National Charity Partnership with Tesco to help people reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. 

Jenna Hall, programme director for the partnership, commented on the new research: “Diabetes and heart and circulatory disease are two serious, potentially life-threatening conditions and we welcome research that can increase our understanding and hopefully lead to improvements in care.

“Millions of people in the UK currently live with diabetes. Of these, about 3.6 million have Type 2 diabetes - a condition which is largely preventable - and many more are at risk. Eating healthily and being active can help prevent Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease so we would encourage everyone with, or at risk of Type 2 diabetes to follow a healthy lifestyle as well as taking any taking any medication that they have been prescribed.”

The National Charity Partnership’s Let’s Do This campaign aims to support people across the UK to adopt healthier lifestyles, thereby reducing their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. Its online motivational tool allows people to set simple, realistic goals to eat better and move more, and inspires them to stay motivated.