Today USA Today reported that hypoglycemia increases risk of heart attack in diabetics.
Remember my question in another blog post as to whether the risk of heart attack in diabetics affected all diabetics, or just type 2 diabetics? Well, this article says specifically that it applies to type 2 diabetics:
A recent event of hypoglycemia, or extremely low blood sugar, in type 2 diabetics was a major predictor of heart attack, stroke and death, a just-finished study by the Department of Veterans Affairs found.
Also, apparently in February another study found that tightly controlled sugars led to a greater chance of heart attack — perhaps because people with tightly controlled sugars tend to crash more often.
It's funny that this surprises people. I often tell people that the real danger is in my blood sugar going too low, not too high — high blood sugars cause problems over time, but lows can kill right then and there. So it doesn't surprise me that low sugars, not highs, are connected to heart attack.
Really, anyone who has felt the terrible heart-pounding feeling of a bad hypoglycemia episode won't be surprised by this finding.