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TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking steps to prevent heart disease is crucial for people with type 2 diabetes. But most diabetic adults in the United States aren't meeting recommended guidelines, health officials say.
In a new report, researchers confirm that "cardiovascular risk reduction is critically important for the care of patients with diabetes, with or without known [heart disease or heart disease] risk factors."
Drugs such as cholesterol-lowering statins, aspirin and blood sugar-lowering medications plus lifestyle approaches should be considered for all type 2 diabetes patients, according to the Aug. 7 report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
About one-third of Americans may have type 2 diabetes by 2050, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts. This means diabetic patients will make up a growing segment of heart disease patients.
Greater adherence to recommended guidelines could significantly reduce the risk of heart disease among these patients, the study authors said in a journal news release.
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