Higher Heart Beat Linked to Diabetes Risk, Says Study on Chinese Adults

In a surprising hint at possible onset of diabetes, heart may beat faster regularly suggesting that there is alink between heart pulse and diabetes, said a new study.

Reserchers from the Penn State University studied 73,357 Chinese adults for over 4 years and found that faster heart beat record is positively associated with risk of developing diabetes, giving another clue to know whether people are prone to diabetes or not.

The study als found that faster heart rate is linked to impaired fasting glucose levels and its conversion to diabetes among the people who were observed as part of the study.

diabetes2Lead researcher Xiang Gao said the faster heart rate actually suggests lower automatic function, which leads to an increased risk of diabetes, pre-diabetes status and conversion from pre-diabetes to diabetes.

While 72 pulse rate is normal, every 10 additional beats per minute would suggest 23% increased risk of diabetes, which the study said is similar to the effects of a 3 kg per meter square increase in body mass index (BMI).

Now that the study found the link, researchers said that faster heart rate could be a new pre-clinical benchmark to predict the risk factor for diabetes.

The study has been published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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