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