Cardiovascular diseases are one of the greatest killers in Europe and USA. Coronary heart disease mortality in Europe is over 70 %. Only for three years – from 1997 to 2000 – there has been rapid growth of 12 % in the cases of people having a heart attack. In 2005 ischemic strokes have increased with 32% compared to 1997. The burden of atherothrombotic incidents continues to increase progressively. In 2000 statistics, worldwide over 53 % of death cases are consequent to atherothrombosis, heart diseases and ischemic stokes. Cancer for example has only 24 % in the black rating; violent death has 12 % and AIDS – only 5 %.
Europe is the “hot point” of diabetes
Actually 80 % of diabetics die from heart attack and 70 % of heart disease patients have also diabetes. So from the moment you have been diagnosed with diabetes your prognosis for death increases with 30 %. For men the risk of heart disease increases with two to three time but with women – it is 5.
If your glycemic hemoglobin increases with ONLY 1 %, the chance for cardiovascular illness increases with 10 – 20 %.
Every extra percent brings risk for your heart and it increases not with arithmetic but with geometric progression.
Last researches show one very interesting relation. It turns out that if your abdominal circumference is over 88 cm (if you are a woman) and 102 cm (if you are a man), you are in the risk group of people who could finish with cardiovascular illness. The waist measurement is taken at the narrowest waist level, or if this is not apparent, at the mid point between the lowest rib and the top of the hip bone. There is a strong correlation between abdominal obesity and cardiovascular diseases.