(WWSB) - A Northwestern University study of three heart risk factors finds diabetes appeared to have the greatest effect when it comes to heart failure.
Heart failure affects an estimated 5.7 million adults in the United States. The disabling condition happens when the heart can no longer pump enough blood and oxygen throughout the body.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about half of those who develop heart failure will die within five years
Cardiologist, Chippy Nalluri, M.D., of Heart Specialists of Sarasota said, "almost 70-percent of patients with diabetes age 65 or older, die of some form of heart disease."
Dr. Nalluri added that if you are diabetic, you have anywhere from a two to four fold increased risk of dying from heart disease versus a person without diabetes.
Dr, Nalluir explained that people without diabetes developed heart failure 8-10 years later than people with diabetes.
"Diet and exercise has a tremendous impact in your risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease," Said Dr. Nalluri."When you adopt a healthy lifestyle it plays into a reduction in the risk of heart failure."