Diabetes the Cause of Brittany Murphy’s Death?
The L.A. County Coroner's Office will perform an autopsy on Murphy's body, over the objections of her husband. The results of the autopsy may offer some clues as to what triggered her untimely demise Sunday morning.
Celebrity news website TMZ.com reported this afternoon that Brittany Murphy's mother, who found Murphy unconscious in the shower and called 911, told paramedics that her daughter had a history of diabetes.
This could be an extremely important clue as recent studies have shown a clear link between diabetes and an increased risk of health disease and heart attack.
In fact, according to a study released last year, adults being treated for diabetes are just as likely to have a heart attack or stroke or die from cardiovascular causes as people who have had a prior heart attack. The same study also revealed that diabetics are perhaps twice as likely as non-diabetics to die following a heart attack.
"Little by little I think people are beginning to understand the dreadful consequences of diabetes, but we have to do more to make patients aware," Northwestern University professor of preventive medicine Martha L. Daviglus told WebMD when the data was released last year. "It has been considered just another risk factor for heart attack and stroke. We now know that it is much more than this."
There's still no official word yet from Murphy's family if the actress was being treated for diabetes or any other health risk factors that may have contributed to her death.