Calcium levels 'indicative of heart problems in diabetics'

Posted on 27 September 2011

Calcium levels in people with diabetes, who may be paying for care, are strong indicators of heart attacks and strokes, research has suggested.

Significant levels of calcium build-up in coronary arteries can be strong predictors of heart attacks and strokes in those with diabetes and metabolic syndrome, according to a study led by the University of California - Irvine.

Furthermore, people with diabetes or metabolic syndrome who had no evidence of coronary calcium had no more of a chance of experience a cardiac event than many without either condition.

"Individuals with significantly high levels of coronary calcium or carotid wall thickness should receive more aggressive monitoring and treatment for any associated risk factors," said co-author Dr Shaista Malik.

This follows research published in journal Endocrinology which revealed that activating 'good' fat in the body could fight against diabetes and obesity.

Brown fat burns energy, rather than storing it as white fat does, lessening the risk of diabetes.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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