According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 29.1 mln people in the United States have diabetes, medicalnewstoday.com.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form. It occurs when the body is unable to use the hormone insulin effectively, resulting in abnormal blood glucose levels.
Type 1 diabetes, which accounts for around 5 percent of all diabetes cases, arises when the body is unable to produce insulin.
It is well established that people with diabetes are at much greater risk for numerous other health problems, including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and heart disease.
For the new study, lead researcher Dr. Chris Gale, of the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds, and colleagues set out to investigate the long-term risk of death from heart attack, or myocardial infarction, among people with diabetes - a risk that has previously been unclear.
The findings were recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.