Heart rate useful in diabetes screening for non-obese men
Non-obese men with a resting heart rate >80 beats per minute were found to be more than five times more likely to develop diabetes than those with a rate <60.
The increased risk rose to 12-fold for those men without the metabolic syndrome.
The findings come from analysis of data on more than 5800 participants in the Australian Diabetes Obesity and Lifestyle (AusDiab) study, of whom 221 developed diabetes over five years of follow-up.
Those with a heart rate >80 were twice as likely to develop diabetes, independent of traditional risk factors.
The authors said sympathetic