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[IP] Article from DiscoveryHealth.com

Here's an arcticle that may be of interest to those with type 2 familly
members. It's from DiscoveryHeealth.com.............

High Insulin Levels May Increase Clot Risk 
High insulin levels could cause more than blood sugar problems for
diabetics.  A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association
finds that elevated insulin levels could lead to blood clots, which in turn
lead to heart attack or stroke.  In the study, which ran from 1991 to 1995,
researchers looked at some 3,000 participants enrolled in the Framingham
Offspring Study, a long-term study on cardiovascular risk factors.  The
researchers found that
diabetics in the study had elevated levels of PAI-1 antigen, which impairs
the blood's ability to dissolve clots.  Non-diabetics in the study who had
high insulin levels also had elevated PAI-1 levels, although the level was
not as high as in
diabetics.  The researchers say their findings suggest that one effect of
insulin resistance  the problem in type 2 diabetes, which is the most
common form of that disease in the U.S.  is that it makes the blood less
able to dissolve clots.  But they
had some good news, too: Exercise, which makes the body more receptive to
insulin, could help type 2 diabetics by increasing their bodies' ability to
dissolve blood clots.  About 75 percent of type 2 diabetics die of heart
attacks or strokes, The
Associated Press reports.  However, the AP quoted experts as saying that
the study does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between insulin
levels and cardiovascular disease. The researchers also say more study is
needed on the effect of
exercise and insulin sensitizing on diabetics' cardiovascular health.  

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Copyright Johns Hopkins University, 2000.  All rights reserved.  The above
summaries are not intended to provide advice on personal medical matters,
nor are they intended to be a substitute for consultation with a physician.

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