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Measuring heart rate holds clue to the risk of diabetes

By John von Radowitz

Measuring heart rate could help identify people at risk of diabetes, research has shown.

Scientists found that faster resting heart rates were associated with an increased risk of developing the disease.

More heart beats-per-minute were also linked to poorer fasting blood sugar levels.

US researcher Dr Xiang Gao, from Pennsylvania State University, said: "We found participants with faster heart rates, suggesting lower automatic function, had increased risk of diabetes, pre-diabetes, and conversion from pre-diabetes to diabetes.

"Each additional 10 beats-per-minute was associated with 23% increased risk of diabetes, similar to the effects of a three kilogram per metre square increase in body mass index (BMI)."

The four-year study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, recruited 73,357 Chinese adults. Their results were combined with data from seven previous studies involving almost 100,000 men and women.

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