According to research reported in this article, fat often builds up on the heart before the onset of diabetes. Researchers in Texas learned this while developing an exam that would allow them to take more complex images of the heart during an MRI scan.
Fortunately for many, heart disease can be reversed through diet, exercise, medications, and medical procedures. Many of these therapies also reverse diabetes, or minimize its potential to do damage. We hope these imaging techniques make it to a hospital near you. We suspect that university medical centers will be the first to adopt this complex MRI procedure.