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Low blood sugar may lead to heart attack risk: Study

London, Tue, 29 Apr 2014 NI Wire

According to a latest study, now low blood sugar levels may lead to heart rhythm disturbances and even life-threatening heart attacks. The study hints that precaution should be taken regarding the low blood sugar levels as it can be harmful.

According to sources, low overnight blood sugar levels that often go undetected cause prolonged periods of heart rhythm disturbances in older patients with type 2 diabetes and associated heart problems, revealed the research.

Simon Heller, a professor from University of Sheffield in Britain said in this regard, "What we have found is potentially important in explaining a possible mechanism by which low overnight blood sugars lead to prolonged, slow heart rates that could disturb blood flow to the heart, causing life-threatening heart attacks."

Through continuous glucose monitoring and electrocardiograms, the researchers tracked blood glucose levels and heart rates over a week in a group of older patients with Type 2 diabetes and a history of cardiovascular disease.

He further added, "While we expected to find some low overnight blood sugars we were startled to find how extensively it was occurring overnight and that it was sometimes lasting for several hours."

Previous research has focused on the effects of high blood sugars on patients with diabetes, so more research was needed to understand how low blood sugars in patients with Type 2 diabetes caused irregular heartbeats, Heller emphasised.

The findings of the research offers new insights into the 'Dead in Bed' syndrome - where young people without any history of long-term complications die suddenly from the disease.

(With inputs from IANS)


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