An increase in deaths from heart disease is being partly attributed to the rising prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the UK.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has released figures which show the number of people dying from heart and circulatory diseases before 75 has increased for first time in 50 years.
The rate of death from heart disease before the age of 65 rose by 4% between 2012 and 2017. By comparison, over the previous five-year period, there had been a 19% decrease.
This coincides with an 18% rise in people developing type 2 diabetes since 2014, with a further 920,000 believed to be undiagnosed. Heart disease may affect people with diabetes if their condition is not managed well for a prolonged period.
The findings illustrate the importance of reducing heart disease risk, and eating a healthy diet plays a pivotal role within this. Dr David Unwin is among the healthcare professionals who have connected eating a healthy, real-food diet with improved heart health outcomes.
As well as an increase in type 2 diabetes prevalence, the BHF also believes the rise in unavoidable heart disease deaths is connected with increasing population numbers.
With premature death rates from heart and circulatory disease more prevalent in poorer areas, BHF researchers are concerned that more needs to be done to address making equal care affordable to regions irrespective of socioeconomic status.
The BHF’s chief executive Simon Gillespie said: “We are deeply concerned by this reversal. Heart and circulatory diseases remain a leading cause of death in the UK, with millions at risk because of conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.
“We need to work in partnership with governments, the NHS and the medical research community to increase research investment and accelerate innovative approaches to diagnose and support the millions of people at risk of a heart attack or stroke.”