London: Diabetes sufferers are almost 50 percent more likely to have a heart attack than the rest of the population, according to a new UK report.The risk is not only high for those with type 2 diabetes but type 1 diabetes sufferers, a condition which develops in childhood, are also at a greater risk of heart attack.The findings come from the National Diabetes Audit which analysed the care of two million people with diabetes in 2010 and 2011 in England and Wales.According to the report, 14,476 of those included in the audit had a heart attack during 2010 and 2011, which is 4,694 more than expected.In 2010 and 2011 - 45,000 people with diabetes suffered heart failure - 17,700 (65 per cent) more than the number expected (27,300).The report found people with diabetes are at a 40 per cent higher risk of death than the general population, with 65,700 diabetics dying in 2011 - when 47,000 such deaths were expected.
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